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Is anyone planning to do the cord blood registry? I see ads for it everywhere and I'm wondering if there's really something to it or if it's the latest scam...any ideas?
 

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they clamp the cord right away and basically "take" the blood that was intended to go to your child.<br>
not the healthiest, as alot of people on this board prefer to wait until the cord stops pulsating to clamp the cord (or longer)
 

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I wouldn't do it... that blood is best for baby.
 

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hmmmm... we haven't decided yet, but i am leaning against. my biggest reason is that i want the happy hormones to keep pumping to me and the baby for as long as possible, and i want that hormonal help in delivering the placenta -- not particularly interested in hemorrhaging... (my mw thinks it doesn't make the third stage that different either way, fwiw, but i am not taking any chances on the happy hormones thing -- afraid of ppd....) the second reason is $: to keep it banked at the most reliable bank (what's the point if your bank goes under?) we would have to pay out like $19,500 by the kid's 18th b-day *if i'm wrong on this, someone please correct me* we think there are a lot of things we can give our child for that amt that have a greater likelihood of actually helping them -- that could be 4 trips abroad. if i thought we had a strong family history of certain childhood diseases it had already helped, then i would feel differently. given the risks as we know them (not high), i tend to think it's fear-based medicine (my mw agrees...). but it's not an easy call...
 

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If you bank cord blood it's highly unlikely that baby can use it at anytime in his/her life anyway because it would have the same things "wrong" with it as the disease if I'm not mistaken. I believe I read that somewhere.. so essentially you would be storing AND paying for the benefit of someone else.
 

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My mama has terminal breast cancer that has spread to her bones and liver.We found out her cancer had spread the same exact day I found out I was pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">.<br>
I will be collecting cord blood so that she can have a chance at a transplant. It would be brilliant if my babe's stem cells could help save my mama's and for me it's worth a try. Hopefully my mama is getting into a clinical trial so we won't need to bank the blood but use it pretty much right away!<br>
Where as a bone marrow transplants in a one in a million possible match. Core blood is a PERFECT match for 2 generations forward or back in a blood related family.<br><br>
I will NOT clamp the cord, and drawl the blood while the cord is still plusating. After drawing what is needed we'll have to hold a peice of cotton over where blood was drawn, while blood continues to go to baby usually around 10 minutes. We'll probably drawl towards the end.<br><br>
Yes, my babe won't get AS much blood this way, but both of my loves will get some that they need.
 

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I have donated mine the past 3 births. If I do not get to do a homebirth (which I very much doubt will happen), I will donate mine again. I would rather put it out there to potentially save someone's life. My children have never had any negative effects from the donation. My doctors always clamp and would have just tossed the blood anyway. I would rather it went to someone who needs it. I did not know they will draw it while it is still unclamped. I will have to ask about that next time.
 

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Not sure if they do it while unclamped in hosptial but you could suggest and ask? My midwife will do it at home for she has assistants. That way one can worry about 3rd stage, one the baby, and one will help in the blood drawl and cotton holding <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I also know that it is free to donate to public banks in hosptials. And if you donate and ever need blood yourself, you will recieve a free donation. It prob. won't be your blood... but it's a way to still think of it, without paying or buying into private banking.<br><br>
Ps. Supreme Court just passed a 3 Billion dollar bill for study and research development of stem cell research last wed. That means a lot of this that has not started happening got the green light last week. Excellent news for many many terminal diseases!!!
 

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Something to think about too... it's new in America to think of keeping our blood. In China that have been keeping placentas and using them for medicinal purposes for a very very long time. Placental medicine's are in many many chinese herbs. Maybe yucky to us, maybe interesting. Either way, maybe one day our cords and placentas won't be cut and chunked in the garbage can. I think researching what it happening from cord blood in a big step in that direction?
 

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Not sure if they do it while unclamped in hosptial but you could suggest and ask? My midwife will do it at home for she has assistants. That way one can worry about 3rd stage, one the baby, and one will help in the blood drawl and cotton holding <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I also know that it is free to donate to public banks in hosptials. And if you donate and ever need blood yourself, you will recieve a free donation. It prob. won't be your blood... but it's a way to still think of it, without paying or buying into private banking.<br><br>
Ps. Supreme Court just passed a 3 Billion dollar bill for study and research development of stem cell research last wed. That means a lot of this that has not started happening got the green light last week. Excellent news for many many terminal diseases!!!
 

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Sorry I not sure how to delete a post if it got double like above?? Not sure how that happened, It all got seperated? Sorry<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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BTW, it seems it is usually possible to get a sample and still delay cord clamping. You have to find a company that supports delayed cord clamping and be sure the person collecting is instructed to follow your wishes on delaying, etc.<br><br>
I hope to come back after I have my baby in July with a definitive, 'it worked for us', but I"m still collecting information and researching (and I am planning on donating). <b>I guess I think donation is a wonderful opportunity IF it does not disturb the normal birthing process</b>. Which is why I have commented on threads where this comes up.<br><br>
For my son's birth 3 years ago, the public banking options were EXTREMELY limited to a very small number of hospitals that took them... so I was delighted to hear that some companies mail out kits. Unfortunatly, as others have said, most of the companies do not support delayed cord cutting and other companies only support private storage. A good article about private storage verses public donation/banking is here: <a href="http://www.nationalcordbloodprogram.org/donation/public_vs_private_donation.html" target="_blank">http://www.nationalcordbloodprogram...._donation.html</a> :<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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...For these and other reasons, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and many physicians do not recommend private cord blood banking except in cases where a family member already has a current need or very high potential risk of needing a bone marrow transplant. In all other cases, the AAP has declared the use of cord blood as "biological insurance" to be "unwise." [Read the AAP's news release at <a href="http://www.aap.org/advocacy/archives/julcord.htm" target="_blank">http://www.aap.org/advocacy/archives/julcord.htm</a> ]</td>
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I have not given blood to the American Blood Cross in a while (I haven't been eligable to) but it seems similar to me. Public Banks increase the likely hood that a person needing cord blood will find a match.<br><br>
There are many things I"m considering because I want to ensure my birth experience is peaceful and part of that is to minimize interventions- cutting the cord early is NOT something we are interested in. I think this depends on what your midwife/provider is used to and comfortable with. MY midwife seems very comfortable with this when I brought it up . She has only done this for parents that wanted to store cord blood but was very interested in the public banking concept. The norm for her is to delay cord clamping and my plan is to only do the donation if it feels right and doesn't interrupt the 'moment'.<br><br>
There might be some times when it is hard (or impossible) to get a large sample, but my midwife seemed to think that was very unlikely and seemed to have ideas on how to get enough of a sample.<br><br>
BTW, if a family has a known reason FOR banking, it is worth looking into this .... my impression is that sometimes storage companies offer reduced prices and that in the case of NEED the public bank system can sometimes 'reserve' the donation for family use.<br><br>
I'm hoping to send away for the final kit after getting my midwife's signature next week, so I will be scrutinizing the instructions they include for the person collecting the sample before I agree to this. As the fine print is probalby what is most important, but i have emailed the company and been told that delayed cord cutting is fine and that they even mention waiting till AFTER the placenta has been delivered.<br><br>
This is the company that I foudn They have both options... donate to a public bank or pay for private storage, as well as that they seem (again, I want to clarify the 'fine print') to support delay cord clamping. There may be other compies that do this, but this is the only one that I found that supports both public donation and delayed clamping: <a href="http://www.cryo-intl.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.cryo-intl.com/index.html</a><br><br>
There have also been some other discussions on cord blood-<br>
cord blood banking<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=628803" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=628803</a><br><br>
Cord blood collection vs. Delayed Clamping/Cutting<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=632513" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=632513</a><br><br>
I'm sure there are others, but I know the search function seems to pull up 101 random threads for any 1 that is useful-- making it pretty useless unless you have a forum, date or a username to narrow things down.<br><br>
BTW, my midwife was most interested in making sure the company was upfront about how they use the donations... which I understand, but I'm a little less concerned since the other option is that the cord/placenta is usually tossed out and I don't personally mind that it may be used for research. I think she may have been concerned about them using it for purposes like cloning or somehting that some people would be ethically opposed to, so it did get me thinking that anyone considring donation OR storage should really check this out.<br><br>
What I foudn out about the company I"ve been researching satisfied me: "In cases where a unit is not eligible for an unrelated transplant, it may still be suitable for research purposes in pursuit of finding cures to many life-threatening diseases. Cryobanks International has a strict company policy on the research we are involved in. We do not permit involvement in any research that is deemed controversial including cloning, embryonic, or cosmetic research. Our goal is to advance the field in areas that will save lives." and I also found this: "Cryobanks is currently involved in supporting research pursuing cures for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), spinal cord repair and dermal wound repair. We support this research by supplying <b>cord blood not suitable for transplant</b>, in addition to financial funding for these projects."<br><br>
So, that works for me, but maybe others would be more concerned about this.<br><br>
HTH,<br><br>
Jessica
 

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I delivered with a homebirth midwife and she was totally fine with it. We delayed clamping the cord AND got the cord blood sample. The amount they actually need is quite small. It depends on the disease as to whether the child donating could use it. But many times siblings can use it. I work in healthcare so I got mine for next to nothing so it made sense for us to do it. We now pay $125 a year for storage. I'm planning to do it again with this pregnancy.<br><br>
Jodi
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wouldn't do it... that blood is best for baby.</div>
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