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Aug 23, 2011 - 20 comments
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I forgot to mention I got this newsletter this morning from MedHelp on a contest to win cord blood banking, sounds interesting.  Here is the link to the direct newsletter in case you didn't receive yours:

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/235350/4b9141a1f3/458004821/3afe382985/



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by mhv, Aug 23, 2011
I got one too!  I will definately consider it when I finally have my little bundle(s) of joy.

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by mhv, Aug 23, 2011
I got one too!  I will definately consider it when I finally have my little bundle(s) of joy.

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by ChitChatNine, Aug 23, 2011
I got this too .. thanks for sharing it Seattle.  Are you considering Cord Blood Banking for your bundle of joy when he/she arrives?

C~

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by adgal, Aug 23, 2011
I did cord blood banking.  Best money we ever spent.  Will definately do it again if we get lucky enough to have one more.

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by nursegirl6572, Aug 23, 2011
I thought about this with both of my kids and just never really followed up on it.  I know it can be expensive for people on a tight budget, but it can be a real lifesaver.  Had I had it to do over, I would have taken it more seriously and done it!

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by seattlemom2plus, Aug 24, 2011
I am certainly considering it but money is a factor right now.  But I am going to look into the cost because it would be money well spent.

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by earthangle, Aug 24, 2011
am thinking for it

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by sk123, Aug 24, 2011
I signed up for the sweepstakes in the email even though I'm not expecting. I figure if I win, I can give it to a friend. A lot of my friends are due in October.

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by nola0805, Aug 24, 2011
In theory it sounds like a wonderful thing, but I am afraid that the research does not really support it (at least not yet and not in my humble opinion).  I researched this at length when I was pregnant and I ended up not doing it.  Here were my reasons:  

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend private banking (they do recommend public banking)

It is not life long insurance against illness because 1) the amount of cord blood is only enough to treat a large child (so maybe until the teens) and the chances of a child having a life threatening illness are really small and 2) for many illnesses the cord blood itself is infected, rendering it useless for your child

There is increasing evidence that delaying cord clamping is better for babies (lower rate of blood infection, respiratory problems, brain bleeds, etc) and when you take the cord blood you need to cut the cord immediately to get enough cord blood - when you delay cord clamping, this rich blood goes to the baby.  This is main reason that I did not donate to an anonymous cord bank - I am just too convinced that delaying cord clamping is really important.

It is really expensive

I was wary of the sales pitch aspects - the sales rep called me monthly, which sort of creeped me out - made me suspect that it is mainly a money making operation - preying on concerned parents.

I really do not want to offend anyone that has decided to bank - nor would I talk anyone out of it if they thought it was in their child's best interest.  If money is not an issue for your family, than there is no harm (well except of the possibility that immediate cord clamping may not be in the newborn's best interest).  That being said, I would recommend it if there is a sibling in need of a stem cell transplant or if there was a strong family history of certain childhood illnesses.







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by adgal, Aug 24, 2011
That is interesting info Nola, and I admit, I knew none of this.  I am still ok with our decision though, as with rapid advancements in technology, and relatively low storage costs (we did go private), I figure it is a good gamble.  And of course no offense taken...the info is good info to know for anyone else considering it.

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by Genna710, Aug 24, 2011
Our hospital offers a public cord blood bank, so hopefully we can take advantage of it.  The public one is free of charge.  I had my first child at another hospital that did not offer that, and am glad that this one does.

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by ChitChatNine, Aug 25, 2011
What is the difference between public and private cord blood banking?

C~

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by adgal, Aug 25, 2011
Chit Chat - When you donate to a public bank, it is just like a blood bank in that anyone can use it that needs it.  With private banking, you pay an annual storage fee (we pay about $125 a year) and it is reserved exclusively for your family (or anyone you choose to donate it to).  

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by seattlemom2plus, Aug 25, 2011
nola0805--- I was definitely not aware of this aspect, you said the following:

"There is increasing evidence that delaying cord clamping is better for babies (lower rate of blood infection, respiratory problems, brain bleeds, etc) and when you take the cord blood you need to cut the cord immediately to get enough cord blood - when you delay cord clamping, this rich blood goes to the baby.  This is main reason that I did not donate to an anonymous cord bank - I am just too convinced that delaying cord clamping is really important. "

In hospitals here in the states they cut the cord almost immediately whether you are bleeding excessively or not instead of waiting for it to stop pumping.  I always get frustrated with this aspect, but then again they also view your placenta as biohazardous material and you don't have the right to take it home with you.  I am still protesting this aspect as I want to encapsulate my placenta.

Very interesting on perspectives here, I love knowing different perspectives.

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by nola0805, Aug 25, 2011
I was fortunate that my hospital and doctor were willing to allow delayed cord cutting - not until it stopped pumping but at least for about 10 minutes.  I had discussed this with my doctor ahead of time and reminded her at the time.  I don't think she was crazy about it having to wait but she did.  There is increasing evidence that babies need the extra burst of oxygen that they get from the pulsing cord and that cutting the cord immediately is not so great (may be behind a range of subtle developmental issues).  There are no controlled studies, so no way to know for sure, but it makes sense to me -  I think it is nature insurance policy for the baby to make sure he/she gets plenty of O2 during a vulnerable time.  

It is all interesting, isn't it?

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by seattlemom2plus, Aug 29, 2011
Yes I love the whole nature's insurance indeed.  It's very fascinating, it's that little bit of safeguard that makes a huge difference.

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by PetiteWonder, Aug 29, 2011
This is interesting. I hadnt thought alot about it...  I would prefer to do private so I know it would be there if we needed it but as everyone said money is a factor.. My partner and I make good money but I mean Im going down to 55% of my income over the next year so there is a large chunk of our disposable income.. plus we will need to start paying for life insurance, diapers, college tuition, etc....  We bought our house well below our means -  we were approved for a mortgage approximately 250,000 more than the house we bought so we could have the flexible of extra income plus to decrease the risk of us not being able to afford the payments if interest rates go up... but we still are working on it, which costs alot even when you shop around

Something to look into though, my husband is getting a large raise come September which may actually make up for most of my lost income....  

I know here they offer the free public banking as well so that might be something to consider... I wish people talked about it here more rather than just bringing it up.. I dont know where my hospital stands in terms of cord clamping early, etc....  Maybe ill talk to my OB more about it at hte next appointment to get information on costs even for private banking...  but labor is a real threat between now and then so who knows.. may not have time to make a real informed decision

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by seattlemom2plus, Aug 29, 2011
PetiteWonder I am with you on feeling late to the party with Cord Blood.  I think it's cool though that MH just started a new forum where people can ask more questions about it though:

http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Cord-Blood/show/1218

I know for us we have to use the money towards our family right now, but by all means if you have the income to support it the cost would likely be minimal for you depending on your location.

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by Kricket212, Aug 29, 2011
I have been thinking & calling around about it.  Since I am having twins am being quoted $5000. and then the annual fee on top.  I cant believe it's that much money.  We have not decided 100% yet.  It's so scary though since I am using donor eggs, I feel it's really important.

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by seattlemom2plus, Aug 31, 2011
oh wow that's a lot!  Well a lot to me lol  It seems to really vary depending on where you are.

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