The rap on it is the expense and especially the lack of oversight or standards, since it is largely private companies doing it. There is no proof that enough blood would be saved from a given cord to do any good for a recipient with a disease, and the blood would have to be saved for a number of years before most diseases would appear (that would require the stem cells). (And by then, who knows what will have happened to the company storing it.) I looked into it and didn't do it. There is a public cord-blood bank, you can donate your umbilical cord there in the hope that at least some good would come of it.
It's very expensive! I spoke to my GI DR about it, becouse I need it for my own health problems, he said they will find a match easily when I need it. So, I am going to donate it like I did with my first baby boy.
I did it and I'm very glad I did. It's very controversial (sp?) but I'd rather do it and not say "I had the chance and never did it". The thing with public banking is that once you donate it, it's not yours anymore and you have no access to it. If you have more questions, I could give you the phone number to the lady I spoke to (who was VERY knowlegdable on the subject) and she was NOT pushy at all. She educated me on the subject and was not trying to sell it to me. I went with CBR. Let me know if you need more info.
i agree with annie on this one. unless you have other children who have had something that this child could end up having as well. it is a personal choice, you have to decide what is best for you.
The division of opinion regarging private cord blood banking is very interesting.
I have an information website about umbilical stem cells and banking your baby's cord blood as a preventative measure against future health problems. Please visit www.cordplan.com
I wish i did...thats the first think my sons dr ask ....becuse it would of been a garnte cure...he is doning well now and think god he dident need it...but i know a lot of famileys that do...so if u dont want to bank it then donait it iv seen the dif that it makes to famileys...God Bless
I think when I get pregnant I'm going to. It doesn't seem too expensive...when you think of all the good it can do. I have a friend that does stem cell research he was telling me if everybody just donated their cords then we wouldn't need to pay money to do it...b/c their would be a large supply of stem cells...that's a thought...
My dad had huntingtons disease and my grandfather did too- both died in their early 50's... I have tried to contact John Hopkins twice to see if I could donate mine, because that is where my dad when for research stuff, but I get no response... but I could have huntingtons and so so could my children, so it is something I am interested in too... if you find out more info on it and think you've found a good place, please share!! I am interested in finding out more info too!
I thought I was going to, but after talking with my dr about it, we decided not to. She said the chaces that baby would get a disease that can be cured by it right now and the chance that nothing will happen to that company storing it are so small compared to the high cost.