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Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

My doctor mentioned something about cord blood banking, but I've never heard of it before. What exactly is it and why should or shouldn’t I do it?

Re: My doctor mentioned something about cord blood banking, but I've never heard of it before. What exactly is it and why should or shouldn’t I do it?

The Bump Expert

Even after the umbilical cord has been clipped, it can still act as a lifesaver. The blood stem cells that remain in the cord can be used in transplant procedures to treat health problems like leukemia, sickle cell disease, severe combined immunodeficiency and metabolic disorders. Cord blood banking offers the opportunity to retrieve and preserve these valuable cells in case they're later needed.

The biggest con of cord blood banking? Cost. The initial fee ranges from $1,000 to $2,000, with annual storage fees up to $100. If you can't afford to store, don't drive yourself crazy -- in the unlikely situation that your child does develop a serious disorder, traditional treatments like bone marrow transplants should also be available. You also might consider donating baby's cord blood to a non-profit blood bank and making a difference in another child's life.

The Bump Editors

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I think everyone should do it for their future children or someone else's children. My sister's cord blood was banked and it helped me later on. You never know if you are that person with the sick child. It's good to be prepared or help someone in that situation.

KimiCas |

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DH and I are doing it.We rather spend the money and not need the cord's blood, than not spend it and then need it. We are sacrificing other things so we can do this.

karukaru |

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After performing some research, we were leaning towards not banking the blood. This inclination was later confirmed by two different physicians. When asking our primary OB/GYN, she referred to private cord blood preservation as ‘a scam’. She stated that the treatment applications are minimal, an one of the most common concerns, Leukemia, cannot be treated with the same persons blood. Also, in private preservation, the samples are simply preserved. Generally no testing is done to determine the viability etc. This practice is contrary to what happens with public cord donation programs operated by the Red Cross, etc. The opinion of most professional medical organizations is that 1) Public cord blood donation is recommended 2) Private cord blood preservation is not recommended (unless there are very special, specific circumstances). They are playing with your emotions and trying to tell you that good parents should do this. Donate the cord blood if available and instead start a college fund! It will be money better spent...

ammiller1979 |

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My fear with cord blood banking is that there are so many sick children in need of help out there that in the event your own child is sick the cord blood won't be there.

pigsamurai |

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My OB highly recommends banking the cord blood, and he spent a lot of time explaining why. We researched it, and it sounds like so many medical advances have been made... it is so pricey, but it is hard to ignore all of the advances... I agree that I'd rather be safe than sorry.

ErikaLenore |

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My husband and I will be banking our cord blood. So many people splurge on so many things so why not our future childrens health. A helpful Idea if your bank one of your childrens cord blood most banks give you deal if you bank your other childrens cord bloo. Also for people who really just can't afford it, dont let your doctor (or whoever) cut the cord until after it has died. For a good ten mins the cord is still pumping blood so let that good blood get into your baby!

marinewife19 |

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Please donate your babies cord blood, do not private bank!I work at the #1 ped hospital in the country. All of our blood and bone marrow transplant MD's do NOT recommend parents private banking. they recommend donation/public banking.If anyone tells you otherwise, they do not have the most up to date, current info, or they have a share in the $$$ of private banks!

kakorey@hotmail.com |

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My wife and I have done extensive research and can't find a reason not to bank the cord blood. God forbid anything should happen and we hadn't taken the opportunity when it was here. We chose Cord Blood Registry at www.cordblood.com and got a great deal. You can also save $250 off with code M1971

drtimmers |

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yay for scare tactics!

jexxie |

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Dont waste the money on private cord blood banking. If you go with a public bank it is: 1) free, 2) could be used to help other people,3) if by some chance your family does need it you have first shot at it.

mykatydee |

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I think we will look into public cord banking. The cost is a challenge for us but we still wish to donate.

tscullen76 |

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Husband and I are planning on donating the cord blood. The medical research is still in its early stages, but the potential is enormous. Private banking is costly and difficult, but public donation is free, and the blood is there to save children's lives.

spiffy |

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Check out this link from the American Academy of Pediatrics, its helpful and unbiased: http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/jan07cordbloodfaq.htm

mcal0015 |

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If anything, I think we might donate. We have three children already and just can't afford the cost of private banking. I shouldn't be made to feel guilty because we'd rather have the money to feed our other three children. But if we can make a difference in someone else's life for free, I think we would be doing just as much service to society as we would to our own child.

KristensMom314 |

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If we can afford to I would like to privately bank the cord blood. I have heard stories more often about family members being helped than the child. If I or my husband or even my parents could be helped in the future or my little ones future siblings it would be worth it.

Coleydahl |

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We'll try to donate our cord blood. Private banking just doesn't fit into our budget, and I read an article that really laid out the pros and cons of donation vs banking.

Cheri |

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Be careful about this comment made by another member: "Also for people who really just can't afford it, dont let your doctor (or whoever) cut the cord until after it has died. For a good ten mins the cord is still pumping blood so let that good blood get into your baby!"You don't actually want this to happen -- allowing that blood to enter the baby (instead of clamping, then cutting the cord) can cause some big problems! It increases the risk of the child having jaundice (too many red blood cells overwhelm the newborn's liver), and can cause congestive heart failure by overloading their young heart. The amount of blood pumping in your newborn is all they need -- what is in the placenta and cord is just enough to create communication between their body and the placenta. It's not meant to all be in their body. I'm an RN, but talk to your doctor/midwife if you have questions!

BuckeyeHokieBaby |

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I would love to save the cord blood, but I just don't think there's any way we could afford it!!!

rcollier_17 |

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Thank you to mcal0015 for that link. It definitely helped in our decision!

Mandy613 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

After we did some thinking we have choosen to donate our LO's. I'm confindent with our decision after talking to a friend whose son's oncologist didn't bank her owns childrens cord blood but donated it. She explained to me that the amount of money that it costs does not guarantee that it will be stored properly or even usable if needed due to the storing of it. I also know of numerous children who have benefited from donated cord blood. Please do your research and follow your heart on this issue.

azarembka |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

My wife and I have been blessed to get pregnant through embryo adoption. In December we will have a baby boy. The embryo was donated and we do not have the ability to contact the couple in the future if there is ever a medical emergency. Although my wife has been blessed to carry him, he clearly is not of her/our blood and she/we will not be able to give any direct medical assistance to him. In this case is private cord blood banking in his interest for the "what if" situations?

bajeffs |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Does anyone know of places in NY (rockland County - Nyack Hospital) thru private cord donation that actually offers your family first shot at the stored cord if by chance its needed, need to find one fast - already at 30 weeks and need to request to donate it asap.

macapasso |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I didn't read all of the answers, but there is a helpful website: http://www.cordbloodeducationcenter.com/ Finally something that isn't just advertising!

al68312@appstate.edu |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

also, something to keep in mind, the odds of needing the stem cells are 1 in 217^2

al68312@appstate.edu |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I didn't even know about cord blood banking until fairly recently and I researched some companies that offer it and I was surprise at how much it is. I can't remember if my insurance covers it. Does anyone know if Tricare covers cord blood banking? I think I'm going to see what my doctor says about it during my next OB appointment.

Dannyswifey10 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I am an OB/Gyn and my partner and I do not recommend for or against private cord blood banking. We give information about it if our patients ask, but personally I did not choose to have it done and neither have any of my girlfriends who are OB/Gyns. Keep in mind that the OB/Gyn gets paid an extra fee for performing the cord blood collection, so even if he doesn't have a direct interest in the private cord blood banking company, he is making money by doing the collection. Unlike other necessary medical services in OB/Gyn, it's reimbursed pretty well - a few hundred dollars for a collection process that takes about two minutes of our time. Keep in mind that your OB doctor probably only averages/collects $1700 - 2000 for all of your prenatal office visits, delivery and hospital rounding, and postpartum care. I was actually quite surprised when my office manager told me how much we got paid separately to collect cord blood! That said, donating your cord blood to research/the public good is a great idea if your hospital is able to do so.

kmcbridemd |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

we will try our best to donate our cord blood, but we have also made the very important decision not to cut/clamp the umbilical cord until it has stopped pulsating. many times in hospital births the cord is cut too soon, leaving about 1/3 of baby's blood supply behind. i would much rather my newborn get all the blood he needs than to try to save it for a "what-if" in the future. after the cord has stopped pulsating there may not be enough blood left to save/donate.

valpreis |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I did private banking with my last child, but am unsure if I should with this one? I would hate not to and regret it later, or is 1 childs cord blood sufficient enough? It is pricey, but it could save your child's life.

LAURAFAWVER |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

We prefer to donate it, and have it used!

CrazyToast |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

If everyone donated their cord blood, no one would ever need to pay for private banking because there would be enough free cord blood to meet all of the demand. That is why we will be donating our cord blood even though we can afford to bank it. Otherwise, if we never need to use it, it will just have gone to waste instead of helping someone who really needs it NOW.

KatAaaa! |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I'm considering public banking. I would love to privately bank the baby's cord blood, but I definitely cant afford any of the fees. Does anyone know if a family is able to access the public bank if cord blood is donated?

soanxious728 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I read a statistic that of all the families with cord blood banked, only 1 or 2 people have EVER used it. General consensus throughout the world is that it is not worth it to do this - it's basically companies preying upon vulnerable new parents for huge amounts of money. Cord blood banking is only common in the States because of the terrible, for-profit medical system.

nushab |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

We have decided to donate ours to a public bank for several reasons. I have heard that if its a genetic problem then the core blood won't even help. Also, theres more of a chance that the baby will need to go to college than need his core blood. I'm putting the money into a college fund instead.

melfish78 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

We plan to donate to a public bank.

inna99 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

i dont think you should have to pay to have it stored. i think it's another cash grab that some people know expectant parents would make because their in the mode of spending money!!! and if they are told it will help later they'll pay!!! i dont think doctors should be pushing you to do it either..its your choice not theirs. they should suggest it and then tell you to reasearch it for yourself.

kolee |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Can anyone provide information on WHERE to public donate?? I have looked and marrow.org does not have CT banks, and nationalcordbloodprogram.org has had the web address under construction for weeks now! I am 21 weeks and really feel it is important to donate. I just can't believe how difficult it is to find a local public bank, but every doctor's office has every private bank you could ever wish to research--it is crazy to me!

carynbrady |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I can't afford it as much as I would love to do it, but I am donating if at all possible. I just finished the application papers. I am a firm believer in donation of bodily resources. Either it will go to save another child's life or it will go to valuable research into new treatments. I am happy either way.

Spazkat1220 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Life Force Cryobanks is a national one. Also discuss it with your physician they may have some resources on a local bank. I had to contact CBR private banks and they gave me the info on some public one.

Spazkat1220 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

As many of you have said, private cord blood banking is a waste of money. Autologous blood is almost never useful - in most cases, doctors won't use the kid's own blood, and the private banks might store units that aren't even usable, but you have no way of knowing. Unless you have an older child with a known genetic problem that could be treated by a cord blood transplant, DONATE your cord blood so that there will be units available for everyone who needs it and save your money for things your baby will actually need. Donation rather than private banking is recommended by the AMA, the AAP, and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Few physicians support private banking: "In addition, few [transplant doctors] would recommend banking of cord blood in families without a member known to have, or be at risk for, a disease that can be treated by transplantation." Find out more here: If you want to donate, ask your OB. More and more hospitals have donation programs. And yes, if you need it and your unit is still available, you can get your own unit back. But most likely, your doctor won't want it, and what will be most important is having another unit out there that is a match. Lastly, http://www.cordbloodeducationcenter.com/ is run by CBR - 100% advertisement.

shf |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

What is cord banking and how do I do it?

ardence |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

My OB/GYN discribed private banking as buying an extremely expensive insurance policy. Chances are you will never need it (as it can be used for only a few things at this time) but people that have done it and needed it will swear by it. I will be trying to donate to a public bank. I agree that if everyone did this then this topic would be obsolete.

gusjaim |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I work very closely with a group of hematologists that specialize in stem cell research and so I spoke to them about cord blood banking when I found out I was pregnant. They recommended AGAINST private banking. Main reason: If your child gets diagnosed with cancer or some other disease, those stem cells already have a genetic predisposition to turning into those cells again. If your child ever needs a stem cell transplant they would need someone ELSE's stem cells for it to work. The only real time where they recommend private cord banking is if you have some genetic disorder that runs in the family that you could use it for a sibling, not for the baby it came from. Also: what happens to the donated cord blood if that company ends up going bankrupt or for whatever reason has to close down?

aconrey |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

We definitely want to do cord blood banking but the cost of private banking is so expensive after reading the PP it seems more logical to go with public banking, the only question I have is how difficult is it to find a match?

kellyc07 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Banking your baby's umbilical cord blood is very important in case your child ever needs it. There are many diseases it can help such as cerebral palsy, leukemias, myeloldysplastic syndromes (pre-leukemia) lymphomas, erythrocyte, and other bone cancers. If you go to www.parentsguidecordblood.org and check out the comparison chart for different banks you can choose the one that is right for you. It can be expensive, so choose the bank that offers no annual fee as well as a payment plan. Check out this video, http://tinyurl.com/ylmfy8u to see how banking cord blood might save your baby's life Good luck Joyce@mazelabs.com www.mazecordblood.com

joycek7 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

We are leaning towards public donation rather than private banking but I'm having a hard time finding a donation center. Are the same companies that do the private banking doing the public donation?

noiresque |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I don't see why people don't donate? It's free and only takes 5 mins. I can see why people don't keep it themselves it's really expensive but I'm going to donate.

lauseth |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I have a $750 discount code if anyone needs it for cord blood banking with CBR Email me offline for the code- dpreisler@yahoo (dot) com Happy to share it-it enabled my husband and I the affordability to do cord blood banking.

BlueJupiterBride |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

if anyone is using cord blood registry (cbr) there is a $250 off coupon the code is MRV09 and there is no expiration on it. (: my husband and i got the coupon from cbrcoupondeal.com and there was a lot of good information on the website.

akklotz0810 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I really want to save my babys cord blood.. But with my husband leaving to go to afgan. and with all the bills its hard for us to come up with the money to save the cord blood. I have read peoples coments on Public saving and maybe donationing the cord blood.. I was wornding if someone could give me a website to guide me on both processes. If I could save it I would love to but if we cant i would like to donate it. Please help.

Johnson89 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

There's a great resource to learn more or if you're considering the possibility of cordblood banking for your baby. If you decide you're interested in doing this please consider using discount code MTBVD - good for $250 discount on cord blood banking when you enroll online or by phone 1-888-932-6568. Visit www.cordblood.com to learn more or to enroll.

yamille1 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

If you going with the private option, just realize that some doctors will not want to use cord blood stored privately if they believe it has not been handled properly. They only way to guarantee the cord blood has been stored properly is with the PUBLIC OPTION.

noellecc3 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

If you are financially unable to bank your cord blood, you should consider Donateing it. It could help save a life!

mom2threedevils |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

We are donating our baby's. Someone posted above that if everyone donated, then there would be no need for private banking, which I totally agree with. I'd rather donate than pay to have it banked and then never use it. I'd rather help someone else - and I have faith that if I was in need, a donor would be there for my child.

tanad85 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

take a look at this video, its explains alot!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkbtU7Yvhvo

jtkmom3 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

If you choose to bank the blood private, what happens if you stop paying the annual fee (for example) where does your babies blood go?

anewambition |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I work for Americord Registry and we have better pricing for cord blood banking than our competitors. Please see http://cordadvantage.com/product-comparison.html for a pricing comparison.

AmericordRegistry |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

im thinking of keeping mine just for the fact that my midwife said that they storage for free at womack...(military hospital) she said i had to contact them at 30 something weeks to get this...but if i have to pay something i would spend the money in college fund and go with public banking

tzolman22 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

never heard of cord blood banking until I found this website. sounds like a bunch of nonsense.

mefriend08 |

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mvmierzw |

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To anyone reading this wondering if they should bank privately, be aware that many of the comments encouraging it are people who work at the private companies! This is a scam!! My doctor confirmed that if (god forbid) our child has a health issue, our cord blood would most likely not be useable. If everyone donates then we can all have what we actually need... blood from another child that is a match to ours.

mvmierzw |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

mvmierzw - you make an excellent point: "If everyone donates then we can all have what we actually need... blood from another child that is a match to ours. " Thank you for helping me with my decision!

HealyToBe |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I didn't know what it was either and was in the same situation as you. I found the hardest part about it was getting all the facts straight -- there's a ton of companies out there. After extensive research, I ended up not doing it. I found Cord Blood Advantage to be very helpful in my research because it saved me a ton of time (probably more if I found them earlier). They're not a cord blood bank, they just make researching it easier.

NewDadShaun |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

forgot the link for my post above: www.cordbloodadvantage.com

NewDadShaun |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I agree with NewDad. that is a great website. really easy to use. made the process much simpler for me and my husband! :)

hailmyveil |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

you may want to research it further. If the child gets a certain type of disease they will not use their own stem cells as it can have a recurrence and make them sicker. The cells can be used for someone under 65 pounds. Not enough of a sample to treat an adult. Better to donate them if you want to and save s sick child today. I was going to do this too until I read up on it. The benefits are sketchy and tactics are being used to freak out new moms.

goldilocksnbears |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Even if you are going to bank or donate the cord blood, please do some reasearch first on delayed cord clamping. There is a lot of eveidence that delaying cord clamping greatly increases iron levels in babies as far as 6 months out.

rajohnson782 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Why are y'all allowing Cord Blood Banking companies to basically advertise here? "AmericordRegistry" above has posts in a ton of forums. How is that a peer-to-peer network? We're coming here for un-biased info, not advertisements.

sbennett34 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Sorry, I hope you didn't think my post was an ad. cordbloodadvantage.com was a great resource. just trying to relay some free info! :)

hailmyveil |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Someone mentions cord blood banking as a scam... Instead of banking it through one the many companies that is attempting to get your business you can DONATE your cord blood. If is free. Ask you doctore how to find the local place in your area to donate. They will send you a kit that you take to the hospital If everyone did this then no one would have to worry about thier child needing it in the future! There would be plenty it the bank (similiar to other blood banks) for everyone!

dvchicago |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I agree that donation is a great option! That's what we're planning to do, based on the following facts (which I learned from living in France, which is where I will have my baby): - Private banking for personal use is illegal in France and Italy - There is no scientific evidence to strongly suggest that using one's own cord blood is effective in curing/treating that person's disease - They will only allow private banking for the treatment of a relative who is already known to have a disease that could benefit from cord blood donation So to me it seems like you have a small chance of your child even being able to use it for himself, in the small chance that they even need it in the first place. We've decided we'd rather donate it to someone else who can benefit from it right now and then if it turns out our baby or any of our other future children need it, hopefully a kind person will have donated their baby's cord and we could use that. In the meantime, we'll invest the money for our child that we would have spent on this. I'm not saying all private cord banks in the US are a scam but it makes you wonder if it's so legit, why is it illegal in other countries? Don't let their advertising scare you into spending money on your child that could possibly be spend in better ways! At a minimum, it's worth a quick Google search to read other articles and make the decision that is best for your family. Good luck!

vicki972 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

After reading all of these posts, I am now more confused than ever! Some are advertising on here, some are donating, some are private banking. AHHH!! My husband and I are so torn. I have heard the bad and the good, and almost feel guilty if we do not privately bank the blood, as we do have the money. But like someone said if we do not bank the cord we can use that money for College or a car etc... Viacord will do the cord blood and the surrounding tissue which will provide viable blood over 65 pounds, which means if we did save it and someone in our family needed it they could use it, or one of us. The surrounding tissue does not have to be as close as a match as the cord blood in order to use it. However, it is even more money 3,000 plus 275 a year. EXPENSIVE! Trying to determine if something like this is worth it is so hard. We are just so torn. So CONFUSED!

BabyC16 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Don't decide what's right for you and your baby by listening to others or reading these posts. Do your own research and take opinions with a grain of salt. 2 years ago my 16 year old 1st cousin was diagnosed with Acute Mylogenious Lukemia (AML) and lived at Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta for 7 months. She missed her entire 11th grade year of high school. It was tramatic for our family as we are all very close but one thing I learned from that experience is that cord blood can be used as a treatment for so many diseases in children such as luekemia. My husband and I are now getting ready to have the 1st great-grandchild in the family and we will be donating our baby's cord blood to help save the life of another child who needs it. Consider doing this for another family and in time if your child is the one who needs it, it will be there for you too.

afswanson |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I think we're going to donate, both my husband and i lost our jobs due to outsoursing and have yet to find anything, so the cost is a big issue. I like to think though that donating it can save another childs life, God forbid we ever need it, and that someone else would be willing to do it for us, good karma kinda idea.

franie |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Babies are only born with 2/3 of their blood supply (maybe because it helps them squeeze out a little easier). The cord is still pulsing for anywhere from 5-30 minutes, so you shouldn't clamp and cut it immediately. You can actually feel it pulsing, so when it stops you know it is safe to cut. From what I read, you can't donate it or store it unless you clamp it right away, thus preventing all that good blood from reaching your baby. I went from wanting to store, to trying to donate to now just letting my baby get the rest of the blood he was meant to have. (Think of all the work the little one's body will have to go through to make up the extra blood in the weeks to come, and much weaker their body will be until they do.) Waiting for the pulsing to stop also helps the placenta detach itself, making delivery of the placenta easier while lower the risk of bleeding or tearing of the uterus. (Think, the doctor will not have to pull your placenta off of your uterus- it will be ready to come out.)

SheenaE5 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

We are public cord banking. It's the socially responsible thing to do.

jvcervantes |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I found this great article on Cord Blood Banking you may be interested in. http://ctworkingmoms.com/2013/04/08/cord-blood-banking-separating-fact-from-science-fiction/

BeingCaraP |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

my wife and I are both pediatricians. We are not going to do private banking. There are very few if any applications, especially now as chemotherapies have become so effective for pediatric blood cancers. im sure there are exceptions to all things but unless you have lots of expendable money it is a ridiculously expensive insurance policy.

simoin |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

If you are delivering at a hospital that doesn't participate in public banking, then how can you donate? I really want to donate, but didn't see my hospital on the list.

bkzlexie23 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I am having my baby in France. When my mom heard that I was pregnant back in July, she sent me a care package with, among other things, a flier about cord banking. I was intrigued until I attended the prenatal meeting at the local hospital where we I'll be delivering. The hospital has a service dedicated to collecting cord blood donations. I asked if it were possible to keep the blood and not donate it. Everyone in the room turned around and stared at me like some machiavelic fiend. The midwife who was leading the introductory session said that it is illegal in France. She also made it clear, that it is considered useless as the blood should not be used within the same family anyhow. So, no blood bank for my baby. However, I'm seriously thinking about donating.

rosabonheur9 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I'm a bit new to motherhood, this being my first child and all, but I've been looking into Cord Blood banking since my niece and nephew were born. I've been trying to figure out what I want to do with my son's cord blood when he is born, and a bunch of these responses have been very helpful in getting the decision made. Donating C-B is free, it also means that someone else's little angel will have a chance to become more than just a wall flower in a hospital or a "could have been" senario. I hope that when I talk to my OB I will get more accurate information about donating my son's C-B to a public banking site... I have also read a few people's responses about how they want their kid to have all the blood their cords offer before it being cut, I also do not recommend doing this! New blood cells are created quicker if the cord is cut at the right time instead of waiting. Also, by keeping the child attached to long it could cause illness in the child... as I have also done research in this area. I want the best for all children, especially my own. But if donating my son's healthy stem cells means it will save another's life - then I am willing to do so. Because who knows, years down the road, my son may need it and someone else has given their stem cells to the public and it saves my son's life??? Private banking... can't say much other than it's expensive and costly - but who knows the future? I do not believe private banking will be any more effective than public banking - as I have also compared and researched this... for about 6 - 7 years...

KathrynFN87 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Honestly, I care more about my kid and my family than I do about anyone else in society. Not to say that I don't care at all, DH and I are both on the bone marrow donor registry and participate in many other charities, my priorities are just very well established for me and my family will always come first. We've chosen to privately bank our daughter's cord blood, and that's only because we've done the math and we are lucky enough to be able to afford it. My OB agrees that it's a good choice (she's a military doc and has absolutely no stake in whether or not we do it). If we couldn't afford it, we would either delay clamping or donate it to a public bank as both are FANTASTIC choices. The way I see it, the only bad choice is to just throw away such a precious resource.

JD83 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Hi there, I work with Americord Registry and I'd like to help clarify the cord blood banking process. Cord blood banking is the process of saving the blood from your baby's umbilical cord and placenta. This blood is rich in stem cells and can be used to treat a wide variety of diseases that your child or a blood relative may experience. If your family is prone to any of the diseases listed on the web page at the end of this response, private cord blood banking could be a vital resource. If not, you should still consider public cord blood banking, as your baby's stem cells could be used to save the life of someone suffering from disease. For more information on which diseases can be treated with cord blood, check out this page: http://cordadvantage.com/cord-blood-banking/diseases-treated For more information on the cord blood banking process, check out this page: http://cordadvantage.com/cord-blood-banking

francescajune15 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Well, I am grateful for all the insights provided by this feed. Being that we have two kids going on our third who are all healthy and we never considered this before, I will do a public donation and hope to save a life. Most importantly I have faith and know that whatever is meant to be will be. This is my way of saving another life....Thanks to all :)

lortiz18 |