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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

re: Q: Cord Blood Banking?

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?

Does anyone know who to contact to donate cord blood?

pbenden |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Here's a list of local cord blood banks: http://www.marrow.org/HELP/Donate_Cord_Blood_Share_Life/How_to_Donate_Cord_Blood/CB_Participating_Hospitals/nmdp_cord_blood_hospitals.pl If there is not a participating hospital near you, Cryobanks International is affiliated with the National Bone Marrow Registry and will collect cord blood from anywhere in the US. Here is a link to their donation page: http://www.cryo-intl.com/enroll/donating/ I went through Cryobanks for both of my previous children's cord blood donations and plan to do the same with this one. We can't afford private banking and don't have a family medical history that would make it likely for us to use it anyway, but we didn't want the cord blood to go to waste.

tiggergirl0325 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I read the American Acadamy of Pediatrics article mcal100151 provided a link to and found it very helpful. Any conditions a newborn has at birth will exist in the cord blood so my baby is unlikely to benefit from his/her own cord blood with tcurrent medical technology. My only concern is if cordblood could be of use in years to come with new advances in medicine.

danirim |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

I am uncertain which way to lean on this topic. I think the potential is there, but want all the information. We cannot possibly afford it, but I also keep thinking what if... I did contact one of the cord banking places in a brochure I got from the doctor and when they contacted me they were very unprofessional. They called and when I answered told me, "Just hold on for a minute" so I hung up. Then they called several times and hung up when I answered. When they finally stayed on the line, I told them I wasn't interested. If the place if a medical facility that makes a lot of money, they should have better customer service. It really felt like a scam to me.

kbgregoire |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

If you're interested in cord blood donation and it is not offered through the facility you're giving birth in, contact http://www.cancer.duke.edu/ccbb/.

titian117 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

Cord blood is the blood left over in your baby's umbilical cord immediately after birth. Your practitioner harvests the blood in a quick, easy, and painless procedure. The reason this blood is so valuable is because it contains hematopoietic stem cells, which are cells that have the ability to develop into any type of specialized cell in the blood and immune system and replace or repair these types of damaged cells throughout the body. Banking your baby's cord blood ensures that if your child is ever in need of a cord blood transplant it will available for your exclusive use. Just like any insurance, pray that you have it but pray that you never need it Affordability can be a factor in deciding whether you are able to bank your newborn's cord blood. Try to find a bank that does NOT charge an annual fee. Here is a link to 2 comparison charts htthttp://tinyurl.com/263eauu and http://parentsguidecordblood.org/content/usa/banklists/summary.shtml?navid=17#us Also there are banks that have a gift registry so that others can 'gift' you and your baby this most important insurance. here is a link http://tinyurl.com/48884gx. All of a sudden its not so expensive. joyce good luck joyce

joycek7 |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

We are doing the Cord Blood banking, because I have had Melanoma for 10 years, and recently lost my father to cancer. I don’t think I could live with myself if anything would happen to this little baby that I am growing, and I didn't do everything in my power to help her or my family! A good friend of mine works at CBR and if you need any information you can call him directly at 1800.588.6377 at ext. 676. His name is Dan Wellborn, even if you have nay questions he can answer them. I know that if you use the code "MEDIC" it will save you 250$ off of the total cost. =)

missypissy |

Q&A: What's cord blood banking?

In 2007, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) releases policy statement co-authored by Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg of Duke discouraging private cord blood banking for autologous therapy. Despite the AAP’s statement, autologous cord blood therapy is growing exponentially, compared to linear growth in allogeneic therapy 70% of autologous therapies have occurred in the past 2 years. The majority of autologous therapy patients, who have Cerebral Palsy or Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy, have been treated by Dr. Kurtzberg. Data from Dr. Kurtzberg’s patients are expected in 2012. Dr. Kurtzberg is now Medical Director of a for profit, private cord blood bank. Prevalence of cerebral palsy (CP) among 5-10 year old children in the U.S. is 1 in 300 according to the CDC. Assuming autologous cord blood therapy is effective in only 12% of CP patients, the use of autologous cord blood therapy in CP alone would be 2x that for allogeneic therapy for all pediatric cancers and blood disorders1 Reading between the lines, the AAP and Dr. Kurtzberg have reversed themselves but do not have the courage to eaten their words, at least not until the data comes out. See cordadvantage.com to get more information about cord blood banking.

AmericordRegistry |

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?

I work for Americord and we've done all the work for you and compiled all of the relevant cord blood banking information you need to make your decision. Check out our page! http://cordadvantage.com/cord-blood-banking

francescajune15 |