(Closed) Saving cord blood?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I”ve never heard of this? could you explain it?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

A friend of mine looked into before she gave birth.  There is a high cost associated with private cord blood storage.  In Canada, the initial fees which include registration, testing, and collection are about $2000.  Then there’s the yearly storage fees on top of that (about $300 a year).  My friend ended up donating her cord blood to a public cord bank.  There’s no fees involved in that, but anyone who matches that cord blood can have it.  The chances of someone in the same family needing that sample is quite low, so it would be of more benefit to help someone else who can really use it.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We’re donating our cord blood rather than saving it.  There have been so few cases of people being able to use their baby’s own cord blood, that I see no point in saving it for ourselves.  (There are a few exceptions, such as known sibling with pre-existing disease that requires stem cell transplant).

Cord blood banking is saving the baby’s stem cells in the event that they might need them for some future disease state:

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/jan07cordbloodfaq.htm

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Ok, I never heard that a cord blood could be somewhat useful, so I have to admit, I was grossed out by the title of this! Can someone enlighten me on the use of a cord blood, whether keeping it or donating it?

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

EGB- read the link I provided.  It should answer most questions you might have ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I seriously would have considered it if it were being done 11 years ago when I had M.  I think it’s a wonderful idea.  Somewhat costly yes, but a good idea.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I might even if its irrational. My mom is going through a stem cell transplant soon and the miniscule possiblity that my baby or someone else in the family could face the same thing one day might make me private banki it.  Of course on the flip side is donation – the cord blood is much more likely to help someone else, and its only because of this public banking and bone marrow registries that so many cancer patients are able to get treatment….

If you are preganant please donate your cord blood if you don’t private bank it!! and if you are not, please sign up for the bone marrow registry.  Such an easy way to help save a life…..

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

Wow, I didn’t know you could donate cord blood either, why isn’t there more information on that?  Why aren’t they advertising that on tv??

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I seem to think it’s between two to three thousand initially and then a yearly fee of a few hundred.  I’m sure it varies based upon location.  Great idea if you can afford it. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

the donation is at NO FEE to the donor.  The bank pays for everything if you donate, it is pricey if you private bank it for your own use.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

just an FYI: i am a hematologist and don’t really support cord blood storage at this point. the best you can do is donate to a public storage to help someone else. there is essentially no circumstance in which cord blood can help a family member. the child cannot use their own cord blood for a stem cell transplant that requires a donor (if they need a stem cell transplant with stem cells from their own system, they just donate at that time because the stem cells can be taken from their blood). the child can donate directly to a sibling with a higher quality stem cell from their blood if ever the sibling needed a stem cell transplant. you cannot use a childs cord blood for a parent because it is genetically impossible to be a match unless the parents are siblings! so, there is essentially NO circumstance for the stem cells to be used to benefit your family. right now there is no regulation of these storage facilities and they are excessively expensive. i will not be banking stem cells in this manor! hope this helps and isn’t too confusing ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Wow, I also didn’t know you could donate it, nor did I know that it can’t be used for the parents….this has been a very informative post for me, and I think that when the time comes for us to have children, we’ll donate. Thanks!

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