Monday, January 23, 2012

Cord Blood Banking Questions

Okay.... All of you mommies out there..... I'd like to hear your response or advice about Cord Blood Banking.

Did you do it?  Why or why not?

Did you do it for one of your kids and not the other?  Why or why not?

Just wanting some opinions from all of you out there.  With technology & medicine making great strides daily it seems that a baby's cord blood can be used for all different things out there medically.  We are on the fence about this decision, and I'd just like to hear your thoughts & what you guys did or did not do.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.

8 comments:

  1. OK so we did not do it. We too went back and forth, but after talking to my doctor decided against it. She said that since we are both white and not very diverse racially, if we ever did need something for one of our kids, they shouldnt be that hard to match. She said that for couples who are minorities it would make more sense. Also, both of our family histories were very benign. If there is some illness than runs in the family, then I think we would have been more pro-active. So that is what we did, but I have a friend whose dad is an OB/GYn and they were very strongly in support of doing it. I know it is a tricky decision...

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  2. Oh and one more thing... I looked into public cord blood banking. Basically you give your cord blood to a public bank, and then anyone can use it. The good thing is, is that if you ever needed cord blood, you would get first dibs at the public bank. No fee or anything. I thought this sounded perfect, but unfortunately not many hospitals participate, and mine didnt, so we couldnt do it. You also have to have it set up by 35 weeks. Hope this helps!

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  3. We did not bank cord blood. I looked into it because we were bombarded by mail/emails about it. And pretty much what I came up with after reading up on banking cord blood was that currently there are actually very few illnesses can be cured using stem cells. And of the illnesses that CAN be cured , the success rate isn’t 100% either. Success rates depended on all kinds of variables. So our understanding was that cord blood is not for a guaranteed cure, but for a possible cure...just in case our kiddo had an illness that could be treated by stem-cells. Just in case our kiddo couldn't find a donor. Just in case the treatment would be successful. Just in case...But, there are technology advances being made daily. It is just really alot of money for us considering all the ifs and maybes. I do like the idea of donating, though we didn't do that either.

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  4. We did it with Reese. Not with Lucy. Glad it's there if we need it or if someone else does.

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  5. Oh and that was 5 years ago when it was pushed a lot harder and sounded like a miracle. Would not do it now, I don't think.

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  6. Too hard not to when the rate of diseases is increasing daily, but the impact and and strides they are making with cored blood and stem cells.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080603120246.htm

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  7. We thought a lot about it, and eventually chose not to do it. There are pros and cons. It is weird to me that my baby's OWN cord blood could not be used to heal HER. Also, it is really expensive.

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