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My understanding is that no, you can't typically do both.
Some people say that you can go ahead and let the cord finish pulsing without clamping the cord prematurely, and then later "milk" the placenta and get enough blood out to donate, but from what I've read it sounds like having enough blood remaining to bank is the exception rather than the rule. Personally, I'd rather let my baby have all of his or her blood without cutting it off early, as the benefits are immediate and long-lasting, rather than go for potential future benefits of banked blood, to the more likely potential detriment of my baby.
There was a post about this not long ago here, and I posted some links in my reply:
There is a lot of info here: http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/cordIssues.html#Clamp
In short, it is possible, although it reduces the chances that you'll get enough cord blood for banking/donation.
I keep meaning to look into this more. I have no interest in banking the cord blood, but I would like to donate it, if possible. In that case, I'd go in with the attitude of I'm going to clamp when it makes sense to clamp, and if that happens when there's still enough blood left for donation, great. If not, oh well.
Mommy to DD1 (June 2007), DS (January 2010), DD2 (July 2012), and The Next One (EDD 3/31/2015)
tokenhoser:We chose to delay cord clamping. Cord blood banking is, IMO, a scam.
This is what I think also.
tokenhoser:Donation is a lovely idea, though. I do think that the baby needs the blood first. No one needs to be an altruistic blood donor in their first minute of life. If there's enough to do both, then that's great.
Very well said.
Wow! Thanks for your responses!
I definitely agree that delayed cord clamping is more important than banking the blood. If anything, I would donate it (it's not worth the money to bank it), but I guess that most likely won't even be an option, which is fine with me.
Hematopoietic and pluripotent are the most valuable stem cells and
are found in great abundance in the cord blood of newborns.
Hematopoietic stem cells can become any of the blood cells and cellular
blood components in our body, but cannot become not organs (like lungs,
or nerve cells from the brain). Pluripotent stem cells can become any of
the more than 220 cell types in the adult body, including organs.
Stem cells from cord blood, unlike stem cells from bone marrow or
peripheral blood sources, can be successfully used even when there is
only a half-match. This means there is more opportunity for transplants
between family members (like for a baby?s sibling or biological
One of the most common complications following certain stem cell
therapies is graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). GVHD can range from mild
to life threatening. GVHD is much less likely when cord blood stem cells
are used than when stem cells are used from bone marrow or peripheral