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Hey ladies! I lurk on the boards every now and then but honestly most of my spare time is spent sleeping right now so I feel like I miss out on alot. I apologize if someone already mentioned this! I got an e-mail today about cord blood banking and decided to research it more tonight at work. Does anyone here have experience doing it or is anyone else planning on doing it with this baby? We didn't do it with my first for several reasons: the cost was quite a bit, and my doctor at the time gave me a few reasons that it wasn't all its cracked up to be. Problem is that now I don't remember those reasons, and everything I have read seems to point to cord blood banking being a solid and smart decision. What do you think and why or why aren't you planning on doing it?
I don't have experience with cord blood banking, but have researched it. What we have decided to do is wait until the cord stops pulsing to the cut it, and not donate the cord blood. By waiting until the cord stops pulsing all that cord blood and goodness goes into our baby so the baby will benefit from it.
With my first I banked the blood. It was about $1200 initially and then like $200 every year. We haven't had any need for it yet, but I have heard of kids getting sick with leukemia or other cancers and the doctors have asked if the cord blood was banked. I have no idea if that would have helped since those familiEs had not banked the cord blood. From what I've read it's like having an insurance policy for something that is very unlikely to happen, but if you have a family history of certain ddiseases you might need it more than a person with no family history.
We didn't the first time. My doctor recently asked about it and I said I wasn't sure. If we don't, then I would like to at least donate it. His first comment was that it doesn't benefit us if we donate (I.e. If we need cord blood, or donation wouldn't mean we would get any in return...definitely not a thought I had our anything I would ever expect).
I have been around when it was collected. A pretty simple process--they provide you with a box that*has*everything they need. Give that to the hospital staff when you are there for delivery and they will take care of everything (make sure you give it to them ahead of time as each company has their own set of similar instructions). Once it is collected, they give the box back to you and you ensure it gets picked up---people usually met a delivery person in the lobby.
My niece has type 1 diabetes... they wished they'd banked it. They banked their second's who doesn't have type 1 now, hopefully she doesn't get it. We may, but it's very expensive so we likely won't do it.
I was under the impression that cord blood banking really didn't help that particular baby, but could help the siblings of that baby. Like, if a baby ends up with a genetic disorder or leukemia or something, then that baby's cord blood would also have the same genetic predispositions, so it wouldn't be that helpful. But if a SIBLING's cord blood had been banked, and that sibling was healthy, then the sibling's blood could help the sick child. So I thought the purpose for banking cord blood was to help siblings of the baby, but that it wouldn't provide that much help to that baby.
I never really did all that much research on it with my last 2, and we didn't bank the cord blood, but I think I have a lot to learn on this topic, so I'm also really curious what others have done, and if they've banked the blood, why (and how much it cost).