Post # 1
I’m a big supporter of stem cell research and I think it could be the answer to curing cancer some day. I always thought I’d donate my future baby’s umbilical cord to science, but wonder if I should be selfish and have it banked in case I, my husband, or any of our children need it to cure a serious disease down the line. Has anyone done either of these things?
Post # 3
@mockingbird22: We were planning to bank our baby’s, but ultimately have decided against it after doing some research. I don’t think the potential benefits are worth the cost. They save a very small amount to bank to begin with, and the vast majority of people who need stem cells get them from strangers, even when there own has been banked. Definitely do lots of research before deciding!
I just want to add that I think I’d definitely highly consider it if we had a family history or certain diseases, etc. But, we’re all very healthy. THere are lots of things to take into consideration when making the decision.
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Post # 5
@lovekiss: +1 Personally, I’d definitely do delayed cord cutting over private banking.
Post # 6
You don’t have to choose between delaying cord blood and banking/donating, first of all. You can do both, dealy and then bank or delay and donate. To bank, it is quite costly. To donate, it is free (what my particular hospital told me). For banking, the odds of the cord blood being a match for someone in your family (not the baby the blood came from) is 25%. For donating, you usually have to buy a kit and bring that with you to the hospital, as most labor and delivery units are not equipped to collect and store and then send off the blood. This info came from my particular hopital, your situation could be different. I’d ask your doctor.
Post # 7
@birdie724: Yeah, that’s what I was going to say. Surely there’ll be blood left over after delaying for banking or donating. I was under the impression that the baby’s cord blood was much more likely to be a match for someone in our family. But if that’s not true, then I’d rather donate.