Post # 1
Has anyone donated their baby’s cord blood, or thinking about donating it? We got a pamphlet on it in our birthing class and I need to send in for the kit, but I don’t know much about it and I wanted to hear from some of you who may be considering it or have done it already. Any thoughts/tips or pros/cons would be helpful!
Post # 3
I was going to do this with Baby #1 but the kit didn’t come in time. Or at all, actually. And I wasn’t super early–she came one day before her due date. Here, you have to complete a questionnaire and consent form and then they (allegedly) send the kit. And your doctor has to complete a little online training class. So I guess my only advice is to check and see what all it entails, if your doctor is willing to help, and to do this all WELL in advance. 🙂
Post # 4
We are not doing cord blood banking or donation. We are doing delayed cord clamping. Nearly 1/3 of baby’s blood is in the cord; when you clamp & collect it, baby is missing out on their blood.
Post # 5
@abbyful: very interesting, thank you!
Post # 6
@abbyful: That’s what we ended up doing when my daughter was born. But I’m not sure if it did her a disservice or not as she was was pretty jaundiced. It would make logical sense that clamping earlier could have helped that but I’ve never read up on it or asked about it so I could be totally off. Perhaps I’ll ask at my appointment on Thursday.
Post # 7
I will be donating. My baby is a combination of ethnic minorities so I feel very responsible to donate. My hospital doesn’t require me to do anything in advance though.