(Closed) Saving cord blood?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I feel its too expensive for us to bank the cord blood.. so I dont think we will be doing it. we will probably donate it.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I need to do more research, but from what I know right now, we’ll probably donate them.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would donate it. The chances of your child needing their own particular cord blood are relatively rare, and the cost to store it is high. But, if more people donated it then it would be there whenever anyone needed it and you wouldn’t have to pay to store it!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My first advice is to find out if your hospital supports any banking, public or private; we had talked about donating the cord blood, but our hospital doesn’t support it at all.

Secondly, you may want to talk to your doctor or pediatrician about the benefits of allowing the cord blood to transfer to the baby versus banking.  Some studies have shown possible benefits in the way of reducing the likelihood of distress and illnesses, especially in premies.  Your doctor should be able to explain the benefits of waiting to clamp the cord.  This is what we ended up doing, since banking was not an option for us.

Finally, there is a lot of controversy about how beneficial private cord blood banking really is.  Diseases where the own person’s stem cells can be used (as opposed to a donor’s or a collection of donors’) is relatively rare.  Most people who benefit from stem cell therapies either can’t use their own because the disease may be present in the stem cells (like in the case of genetic disorders, childhood lukemia, etc…) or because the patient needs more stem cells than what one collection or cord blood can provide.  Here’s an article from the American Pediatrics Association that says private banking for personal use is “unwise” (scroll to the Recommendations section).

Another option to look into might be public banking, where you donate the cord blood in hopes that someone else can use your baby’s stem cells.  Most (all?) public banks do not guarantee that your baby’s cord blood will be available to him/her if needed, but some banks give priority or discounts to donors who later need stem cells therapies.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Mrs. Spring pretty much summed it up. I used to work with pediatric cancer patients, and it is very rare that one would be able to use his/her own cord blood for exactly what Mrs. Spring explained. Further, while a sibling could benefit from it, the chances of a sibling being enough of a match to donate cord blood without instead just doing a bone marrow transplant are also slim. At this point, in my experience and understanding at least,  BMT’s are preferred over cord blood transplants. Cord blood can certainly be helpful but it seems like a bit of false advertising that these companies do to me. Public donation makes more sense to me, so that your baby’s cord blood could help others who do not have matches. This is what I would do; however, our hospital does not support public cord blood donation. Therefore we will be talking to our doctor about delaying the clamping of the cord, as Mrs. Spring said.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

One thing to add–if you do/can go the donation route, make sure you look into it well in advance.  Our hospital didn’t participate directly but a nearby one does.  I had to sign consent forms and my doctor had to fill out some paperwork as well.  Then they were supposed to mail me a collection kit but I never received it.  I guess when we were close to the due date there were a million other things to think about so I never followed up.  We did delay the clamping of the cord slightly since we weren’t donating it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

From what I’ve heard, it is very expensive to store cord blood and the chances of you needing it are very small. Like previous posters have suggested, I would look into donating it.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m going to look into donating it, but if that’s not available at my hospital I won’t be upset. Not going to pay to store it since the odds of ever needing it are slim, and if we do need it, the odds of being able to use it are even slimmer.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We looked into it, but decided that donating was more worthwhile than banking it. Unfortunately there wasn’t a hospital nearby that supported cord blood donation. We ended up just waiting until the cord stopped pulsing to cut it, so DS got the maximum benefit of the cord blood at birth.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

This is something that I’ve been thinking about and what to do more research. I had heard a lot of information that there is a strong likelihood that you will never need the cord blood, and if you do, your child’s cord blood might not be the answer. But on the other hand, I have a few friends/SIL who are strong believers/pushers of the idea of banking cord blood. My SIL went so far as to say that she didn’t understand why you wouldn’t bank the cord blood if it had the chance of helping save your child. She also said that she researched that they are starting to use cord blood for other things, like helping cure heart disease (in whichi case the cord blood of a child could be used for a parent), etc etc.

So I need to do more research before we make a decision on what we’ll do. I also want to research the benefit of waiting to cut the cord– it seems like that has a lot of benefits too, which you would be taking away from the child if you bank the blood. 

Decisions decisions!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Heathahh-  I DONATED my daughter’s cord blood to a public bank that works with ANY hospital.  

As a molecular biologist and cancer researcher, I can say that all my friends in the medical and scientific fields opted to donate.  As Mrs. Spring brought up, there are very few applications where one’s own stem cells could be used- if you have leukemia, your own banked stem cells would harbor the same genetic mutation and wouldn’t be useful.

The hospital I delivered at didn’t have a donation program, but I found a reputable organization that sends you everything you need to take with you to ANY hospital.  Even though mine didn’t have a program, the staff was able to collect everything- and donated their services in doing so since it was for donation.

This is the organization I used:  http://www.cordforlife.com/public-donation.html

I’m pregnant again now, and I plan on doing this a second time.  It was pretty easy- just make sure you contact them early, because they do need several weeks to get everything processed and send out the kit.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@rosychicklet:  That is so cool!  I’ve never heard of that organization before, but now I’m going to look into it.

And congrats on baby #2!!!!!!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I looked into it, but we have decided that the chances of being able to use the cord blood are far to slim to justify the expense of the collection/screening/storage. I would have loved to donate to a public bank, but I am not a candidate due to all the medications I needed for my morning sickness (the public bank here does not want cord blood if any medications are used). I am currently looking into delayed cord clamping, and if my baby does not need resuscitative measures after delivery, I would like to do that, but obviously ensuring my baby is breathing properly is more important to me then delayed cord clamping.

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Please donate it if you have the opportunity.  You may be saving someone elses child, and that is something that is priceless.

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