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I'm so undecided about this. I'd love to see who is doing it, and below if you would be so kind, indicate your reasons for or against it. Thanks!
Kvitale87:I said yes but we are donating. The blood only lasts 1-5 years and we honestly don't have the spare 1500 to privately bank the blood.
Where did you get the 1-5 years info? That is incorrect. It can be stored for at least 10 years, and likely longer.
starz57182:I voted no to banking it for ourselves but we will likely donate it. I agree with PP that it seems fairly unlikely that we'd actually need it for ourselves anyway, but if someone else can use it, then why not. It's free to donate.
I spoke to my OB about it and in the reading that I have done there is no need for banking unless you have a family history of diseases that would require stem cells ( or bone marrow) for treatment.
We are not banking ours, but looking at options to donate to research or public bank. There are compelling reasons to bank but the price at this point outweighs the benefits for us.
We are not banking and are delaying cord clamping. I was going to donate but our hospital does not do cord blood donations so I want our baby to get all the health benefits of her own blood that we can give.
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katiewhompus:We are not banking and are delaying cord clamping. I was going to donate but our hospital does not do cord blood donations so I want our baby to get all the health benefits of her own blood that we can give.
This is us too. Donation is not an option at our hospital.
We did bank both our DD's cord blood. We actually know a couple that used their baby's cord blood after an accident. He was part of a Duke study, and he is now 100% great now. I look at it just like insurance.
tammyg125:I didn't the first time around becasue of the cost. 4 months ago my 2 year old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. We have no family history of type 1. There are clinical studies going on right now to cure type 1. Hopefully my babies are a match and my 2 year will be cured by her sister's cord blood. My biggest lesson learned is never think that you are invincible.
Sorry that you're going through this ! On the upside there is a lesson to be learned! I'd rather be safe than sorry! So yes - we are banking again - and the cost with cryo-cell is do-able...especially on their payment plan.
Check out Cord Blood Advantage. www.cordbloodadvantage.com. Great site. If you use their cord blood bank comparison tool, you can find out which cord blood banks match up to your preferences. It's free and fast.
All other sites make learning more very confusing.
Parents Guide is another good one. It has a ton of information but is more confusing.