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If yes, why did you decide to? who are you using? and how much is it costing?
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.
tokenhoser: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.
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! :)
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...
CThroop: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.
C 7.16.2008 | L 11.12.2010 | A 3.18.2013