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July 18th, 2006, 01:36 PM
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I've never heard of anyone of my friends doing this cord blood thing before, although it does sound like something worth doing.

I've only ever seen it advertised on American websites.

Does Canada do this?

anyone know? anyone done it?

i'm just curious about it!


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July 18th, 2006, 02:28 PM
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Hi there,

Yes Canada does it. It costs a few hundred a year to save it. Its quite pricey for most to afford. I would have done it if it werent the cost
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July 19th, 2006, 06:35 AM
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wow really?

I read a little bit about it. Basically it's just for use of the child that it came off of sorta thing? am I correct?
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July 26th, 2006, 12:04 PM
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I missed this post earlier.

It's not necessarily just for the child whose cord it was. It is for any person that is a match. There is a higher likelihood of a match between siblings than if say your or your husband needed it, and there is a higher likelihood of a match between immediate family members than extended ones...and so on and so forth. It doesn't have to be expensive, it depends on whether you want it stored privately for your own family's use or not.

In Alberta (and likely other provinces as well), there is a public Cord Blood Donor Bank (the first in Canada). They will cover all the extraction and storage costs for you, but it is not stored specifically for you and your family, it is stored for anyone that needs it that proves to be a match. Click here to visit the Alberta Cord Blood Bank.

In British Columbia, there is one of the best private (and accredited) private blood banking facilities. They charge $155 for the blood collection kit and instruction protocol. They charge $795 to test the blood sample for sterility, viability and cell count. They also test for infectious diseases and west nile virus. Then it is $125 per year to store it. You are also responsible for the cost of shipping the sample to them using Air Canada or FedEx.

If you or DH has a health spending account through extended health coverage, this may help to cover some of the costs.

Hope that helps!
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July 27th, 2006, 07:34 AM
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Thanks so much! I was really curious about the whole thing.

Your info is a lot more clear than what's on the websites that i've found!!

Thanks again!!
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July 27th, 2006, 06:56 PM
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You're welcome! I just realized that I forgot to post a link to the private bank in BC. It's called Lifebank Cryogenics, and they have a ton of good information on there. They have articles about patients who have had stem cell therapy to reverse effects of different diseases, as well as a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section and lots of of info. Click here to check it out.
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08/29/06: first appt at fertility clinic (was already pregnant with dd and didn't know it)
08/31/06:
05/16/07: DD was born

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11/13/09: let's try again!
03/10/10: tests with new OB - everything totally normal for DH and I, no indication of pcos; officially diagnosed with "Unexplained Infertility"
04/21/10 - 10/13/10: 7 unsuccessful rounds of clomid with OB
11/13/10 - 14/23/11: 3 unsuccessful IUI's with clomid at fertility clinic
07/27/11: ER for IVF - retrieved 27; 17 were mature enough to fertilize; all 17 fertilized; 11 made it to day 3 embryos; 6 made it to day 6 blasts. Transferred 1, froze 5.
08/08/11: positive hpt!
08/13/11 - 08/20/11: positive blood test (186), but cramping and bleeding. 2 days later, blood at 275; 2 days later, blood at 21. Inevitable miscarriage.
10/13/11: start suprefact for first FET
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July 28th, 2006, 09:01 AM
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When Nevaeh was born we donated her cord blood !
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July 29th, 2006, 08:46 PM
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When Nevaeh was born we donated her cord blood ![/b]
How did you do that Brit? Who did you do it through? I had thought about it with Brody but had no idea who to contact for that sort of thing, I didn't know we could do it in Ontario.
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