3rd Trimester

Are you cord blood banking?

If yes, why did you decide to? who are you using? and how much is it costing?

Thanks! 

Re: Are you cord blood banking?

  • We are delaying clamping, so there likely won't be much blood if any to bank. If there is, it'll go to a public bank, which is free.

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  • image GraceInCA:
    We are delaying clamping, so there likely won't be much blood if any to bank. If there is, it'll go to a public bank, which is free.

     

    Ditto. I ordered a donation kit to have on hand, but we will also be delaying cord clamping. 

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  • I'm going the public donation route instead of private.
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  • Delayed cord clamping, here too. Public banking is okay, but I really believe my baby needs that blood. I have questions about the ethics of asking a newborn to be a blood donor. I have MORE questions about the ethics of private banking and preying on the fears of new parents.
  • I'm hoping to delay clamping and we are not in a financial position to pay for banking. I did look into donation and it's practically impossible here in MN so we won't be going that route either. 
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    Delayed cord clamping, here too. Public banking is okay, but I really believe my baby needs that blood. I have questions about the ethics of asking a newborn to be a blood donor. I have MORE questions about the ethics of private banking and preying on the fears of new parents.


    All of this. I considered donating but the state I live in wont allow it anyways.
  • There's lots of posts about this on this board so I'd search those too but we're doing delayed cord cutting. Anything left over will be donated to a public repository.

    The likelihood of you needing your child's cord blood (and it being usable) are very very miniscule. It's a personal choice though so do the research and make the best decision for your family! :) 

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  • we are donating it - if you are undecided talk to your dr.

    Both my SIL's banked and are happy but I honestly do not see the benefit for $3000 or whatever in the end... 

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  • I really wanted to donate but they said because I had a tattoo in the last year ( may 2012) that I'm not eligible to donate. 
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  • We went with a public bank.
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  • I decided to for the same reason I'm an organ donor. I guess it's no sense in trashing something that could save others' lives or help them in some way. The hospital where I'm delivering (Dekalb Medical) uses a service (not sure of teh name, sorry) where it's free to donate to a "general bank". Then in the future, if you need cord blood for an issue you're experiencing, you get 1st priority.
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  • Not banking, and not delaying cord clamping, either, because despite anecdotal claims, I have yet to see an actual scientific study that demonstrates a real benefit.
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    Delayed cord clamping, here too. Public banking is okay, but I really believe my baby needs that blood. I have questions about the ethics of asking a newborn to be a blood donor. I have MORE questions about the ethics of private banking and preying on the fears of new parents.

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  • We're donating to a public bank. It's free, and our collection kit should be arriving any day now. Like a PP has said, I have yet to see any concrete evidence for delayed clamping, so since we aren't going that route, it seems a shame to let perfectly good stem cells go to waste. 
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  • We banked our sons cord blood and plan on doing the same with this one. My family has a major history of cancer and I would hate to need it one day and not have it. We see it as a type of insurance we hope to never have to use. We went with Viacord with our oldest and we are using CBR this time. It is going to be $2,375.00. We were only going to bank our oldest sons cord blood but there are certain things that can only be treated with your own cord blood, like brain injuries, so we decided to go ahead and do both. I know that a lot of people feel that its a long shot the we may ever need to use their cord blood, but if we are ever in an car accident or if they ever get hurt playing football or if they ever get an illness that could have been treated with cord blood I would hate to think that we had a chance to prevent it and we didn't. 
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  • We're not only because it's WAY WAY WAY expensive. $2,000 initially then a few hundred a year to keep it stored. No way can we afford that. It'd be nice but it's just not an option. 
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  • Delayed cord clamping increases the risk of jaundice but decreases the risk of iron deficiency and anemia. http://apps.who.int/rhl/reviews/CD004074sp.pdf Jaundice is easily treated if necessary, so to me, it makes sense to do what is biologically normal and allow my baby to receive a full blood supply.  166 mL of blood sounds like quite a lot in a newborn. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1651-2227.1963.tb03809.x/abstract
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    We banked our sons cord blood and plan on doing the same with this one. My family has a major history of cancer and I would hate to need it one day and not have it. We see it as a type of insurance we hope to never have to use. We went with Viacord with our oldest and we are using CBR this time. It is going to be $2,375.00. We were only going to bank our oldest sons cord blood but there are certain things that can only be treated with your own cord blood, like brain injuries, so we decided to go ahead and do both. I know that a lot of people feel that its a long shot the we may ever need to use their cord blood, but if we are ever in an car accident or if they ever get hurt playing football or if they ever get an illness that could have been treated with cord blood I would hate to think that we had a chance to prevent it and we didn't. 

    All this except we used CBR for both girls and will again. On another note, I personally know a child alive today because of donated cord blood, so donation is also a great choice if you are not delaying or banking for your family.

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