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They send me these things all the time on cord blood banking, and it's like. $20,000 to do it! I could buy a car or even a house for that! Is it really worth it? And does anyone actually do it? Have you or have you heard of anyone who has? If yes, why?
 

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I did for my 2nd. For my 1st we couldn't afford it, for my 3rd for certain reasons we didn't do it. We do it b/c my chidren are mixed-race and b/c of that, I understand that if someone is of mixed race it is harder to obtain cord blood from the donations banks. So yes, that is why we do it.
 

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I know a few people who do it...I wouldn't though. That blood belongs in my baby...so that's where it will go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I wouldn't bank. If I were to do anything, I would donate, but I won't do that because we want our babies to get all their cord blood.
 

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No way. As some PP's have said, the blood is theirs & they need it all at birth. IMO it is also a waste of $...that could go for SO many things...college, the things you mention, etc.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No way. As some PP's have said, the blood is theirs & they need it all at birth. IMO it is also a waste of $...that could go for SO many things...college, the things you mention, etc.</div>
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But it isn't to everyone and we all have different reasons and experiences. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Peace.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Peace"> For example if someone has the money to pay then it might be worth it to them. . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Additionally, I have known someone (online) who could not find a match in the public banks due to the mixed-race issue, so because I can afford it and my children are mixed race I am not willing to take that chance. But I understand not everyone can afford it nor has the same issue of a child likely not being able to find a match.<br><br>
I think you need to evaluate your personal situation and determine what is best for you. If my children were not mixed race -- we likely would not do the cord blood saving thing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They send me these things all the time on cord blood banking, and it's like. $20,000 to do it!</div>
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We did it because of a genetic disease that runs in my family, and it's actually $2,000, not $20,000. I think you misread the ad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Even with the annual payment for the next 18 years, the total comes out to about $3,500.
 

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We did it with my daughter. As someone else said I think you may have misread the ad as it was $2000 to set up and it's $95 a year to maintain not $20,000.<br><br>
Also, a common misperception is that you can't delay cutting the cord and bank the cord blood. You can do both. After the cord stops pulsing there is still enough blood to bank in most cases.<br><br>
We chose to do it with my daughter because of her medical condition and the possibility of it helping her in the future. I'm due with our new baby in a week and we have no plans to bank the cord blood this time.
 

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Im agree with most the mamas here. Im not going to bank. I believe it should stay with the baby.<br><br>
On a side note, I learned something about cord blood maybe you all didnt know. Drs for the most part will push some of the blood from the cord back into the baby...something about it helping the immune system...BUT did you know that if you push too much back in it can cause jaundice? I had no idea. I guess the dr knows what is the right about. thought I would pass that along.
 

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i started a similar thread a few days ago, it is in the due date club of April. I'll try to put in a link, but I suck at doing that<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=802121" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=802121</a><br><br>
Anyway there was a lot of good two sided discussion and all very civil.<br><br>
it really helped me
 

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I banked my older DS's blood, and might well do so again for this baby. I would donate, if I felt like the public banks were large enough that my kids would have a significant chance of getting blood they needed from a public bank if their own wasn't available, but that's not the case.<br><br>
Now, I know there's something illogical about saying there aren't enough donations so I won't donate either, but what really gets me about the public banks isn't the relatively small number of units they have available, but how picky they are about donations -- it has to be from one of X (very few) hospitals, birth when X is on staff, etc. They're not <i>trying</i> to up the donation levels! Or at least that's the impression I got when I made the decision for my son. I would be very happy to be proven wrong on this issue, in which case I would donate.
 

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I personally do not feel the need to bank it for our family because we all have pretty common blood types, etc. I think it can be beneficial though if one should ever need it some day. And if one should ever need that blood, I'm sure the $20K won't matter at that point.<br><br>
However, we do donate the cord. I did this in 2005 with DS and will do this again in May. The company I go through uses the cord blood for many uses, primarily for children. Along with taking the stem cells out for research. I feel good about that and would rather donate it to a good use than let the hospital do heaven knows what with it. That's just my 2 Cents worth for whatever its worth.
 

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I prefer my babies to get all their blood, not store it away for later.
 

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For those of us with genetic diseases in our family it can make sense. And I am certainly not trying to steal and harm my baby - and yes you can delay quite a bit the cutting and clamping and still get it.
 

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Again, you can do both in most cases.
 

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I've banked my 3rd child's cord blood. We really couldn't afford it at the time, but I am much happier now. My oldest son got diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while I was pregnant. After that, there was no way I was NOT going to do it. Even if just for the peace of mind.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For those of us with genetic diseases in our family it can make sense. And I am certainly not trying to steal and harm my baby - and yes you can delay quite a bit the cutting and clamping and still get it.</div>
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That is good to know, do you know if the careprovider has to be experienced in waiting and then clamping?
 

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We donated Ivan's and we are donating this baby's as well. Do not want it going in the trash if it can help some other person or spare some hideous test on a defenseless animal in a laboratory. The bank reserves the right to use it for research or to help other individuals.
 
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