Cord Blood Banking: Anyone?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I thought about it with my first pregnancy, but my husband nixed the idea pretty quickly.   I would however really like to donate the cord blood if possible.  I just have to remember to ask next time!

I don’t know a ton about it, but I know it adds up into the thousands of dollars pretty fast.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Treejewel19:  My sister did and we looked into it.  

It’s a few thousand dollars up front, then a few hundred per year (maybe $150-250?) maintenance. I can’t remember the exact numbers, but you can find out on the viacord or cbr websites.  Ultimately we decided not to do it because we didn’t feel the potential benefits were worth the cost.  My sister only did it because they get a significant discount since her husband is a physician. She said she wouldn’t do it if she had to pay full price, and actually did not do it with her second child. 

We would consider public donation, but haven’t made a final decision on that yet. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We were going to donate the cord blood, but it didn’t work out unfortunately. I can’t remember why…

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We delayed cord clamping, which is not compatible with collecting the cord blood. We felt the benefits of delayed clamping outweighted the miniscule chance that we’d need banked blood.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We never considered banking, simply because it was too expensive. So we were then left with the decision to donate, or to delay cord clamping, which we had to decide by 34 weeks. (We felt clamping the cord right away and throwing it out would be wasteful; we wanted to do SOMETHING with it.) We ultimately decided to donate because we felt pretty strongly about being able to pay it forward. If someone needs it, it’s there for them. And if we find ourselves in a situation one day where we need cord blood, it is our hope that someone else would have done the same and there would be a match out there for us somewhere. Our baby isn’t born yet (35w2d today), but I’m feeling like we made the right decision. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m not planning on having kids, but if I were, I would do it.  I’ve looked into it before and it’s not as expensive as I thought.  A few thousand for the initial fees + paying up front for yearly storage.  The public bank used to be provincial, and they just recently expanded it nationally and not very many people seem to know about it.  If it was better utilized, I would consider going that route instead of doing it privately.

I heard one of those tv doctors – Dr. Dave say that he really recommends it to his patients that are mixed race/culture or are married to someone who is from a different culture/race, as the liklihood of finding a match for them is lower.  Even certain minority groups have a greater problem with bone marrow, etc.

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am by no means an expert butI strongly suggest you read up on it.  From what I read it is rare that the baby can use it’s own cord blood,  more often it can be used for a sibling or relative and from what I read is generally recommended when there is a known issue in a family.  C sections harvest less cord blood also as a person gets older they would need more cord blood for a transplant and there often isn’t enough.  This is just  a few things that surprised me when I read about it. I kinda felt like it was another way to make money off of new parents.  Lucie’s list does a post about it  for the 28 week email.   I can forward it to you if you want it.  I have no idea how valid any of the stuff is that I  read but she says the same stuff I read in other places. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Treejewel19:  

I’m probably not going to do it, though I will ask my doctor’s opinion.

The reason why I don’t want to bank it is because I feel the science of cord blood hasn’t advanced quickly enough at this point to have a sample that would be usuable to our family. I have heard there are limits to how long the blood can be stored before it becomes unusable and at present, there is only a remote chance that it could be used to help my child or family member. ACOG’s most recent committee paper on the topic says the chance is 1 in 2700. To me, that’s teensy. Now if there was a KNOWN disorder in which the cord blood could be used for in our family, we’d consider it. 

Also, there is some evidence to suggest that the there are benefits to the infant receiving that blood via delaying cord clamping. Again, the science isn’t totally clear on this yet, but it’s certainly something to consider as well. 

I can’t help but feel that private cord blood banking companies are preying on new parents fears of the unknown. If the science was sound, it doesn’t seem likely the private companies would be running the show- we’d have public banks, or at least some run by states, hospitals, or non-profit groups. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@kenziemt:  There are public banks.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@AB Bride:  I thought that public banks (at least in the US) serve as an avenue to donation, not as a place where you can store your baby’s cord blood for the specific purpose of using it for your own family, as private banks do. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did it through viacord, I believe it was $1700 up front (although you can pay itbun installments) and $125 each year. When you contact thme to start the process, they mail you the collection kit by FedEx, you take it with you to the hospital and let the nurses know you want to save the cord blood, you should also let your dr know as well. once your admitted have whoever is with you call the number they provide to let them know youve gone into labor and are in the hospital. Once the baby is born you call again and they send a courier to retrieve the kit with the blood. After you have the baby the dr will collect the cord blood and they also draw and send a vial of your blood as well. I don’t remember how long it took but it wasnt too long for the dr to fill up the container with the cord blood, 5-10 min maybe? Anyway the kit stays with you, no need to refrigerate it until the courier comes to pick it up, they call/mail you to confirm they received it and if the amount/count is bankable. thw only other person I know who’s done it is my SIL, my dr never actually broughr it up but I feel like if you asks drs if they would do it for their kids and they say yes then why not recommend it for your patients kids? I dunno guess it’s the same with insurance, you hope you never have to use it but for the extreme chance you need it, we know it’s there. 

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@kenziemt:  Ok, I misunderstood your earlier post.  It’s the same here.

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