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Tell Mommy: Did You Bank Your Baby's Blood?

Tell Mommy: Did You Bank Your Baby's Blood?

An expectant mommy is faced with a sleuth of important decisions, but none so important as deciding whether or not to bank her babe's cord blood — the blood that remains in your baby's umbilical cord after it has been cut.

Preserving your newborn's cord blood to potentially treat life-threatening diseases (such as cancer) is gaining momentum. However, the use of stem cells remains controversial, expensive (popular cord blood banks charge around $2000, with a $125 yearly storage fee), and there is no way to tell if your baby (or another family member) will ever have a need for it. Even during these tough financial times, many parents are opting to dish out the dough in hopes that it could be vital in the event of medical need. Others are deciding against it due to finances or other reasons. Have you banked your baby's cord blood, or will you in the future? Or did you already decide against it?


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tina_marie tina_marie 8 years
We chose to donate
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
We didn't bank our our son's cord blood and we don't plan on banking our new baby's cord blood when she's born (sometime this month). We've made our choice based upon the fact that (a) we don't have any known genetic diseases which run on either side of our family; (b) the majority of the uses are for other family members, and even then there is a reasonable chance that there won't be a match, so you'd be looking for other sources; (c) the expense (for private cord banking)(d) and the limited science for the benefit of the cord blood on a long term basis (degridation, compromise of the product, etc.). The expense is something that wouldn't necessarily be an issue IF we had a genetic disorder that was known. But, we can't justify the expense. I have also heard of people who are adopted choosing to bank because they don't know their medical history, which makes sense to me. But, I think science has many other options currently available (anyone see the new study on prostrate cells?) which are showing great promise and the limited use of what we know for cord blood banked cells, I guess I'm willing to hedge my bets elsewhere.
katedavis katedavis 8 years
I think in New York City there's an option to donate to a public bank. In my case I would have had to pay my doctor to do it, and then you don't have access to the blood you bank but if you donated and you should ever need you have access to other blood in the bank.
Janelloyd20 Janelloyd20 8 years
I am not and have never been pregnant so I don't have personal experence BUT, based on the information I know about how vital it could be, I would definitely do it. Yeah, you hope and hope that there will never need a time to come that your child needs to use it but if it comes, wouldn't you want that cord blood waiting just for that instant. I'd rather pay the money and have nothing even happen that it needed to be used.
nobodymuch nobodymuch 8 years
There is a such thing as public cord blood banking in at least a few places nationwide. If you're interested in the idea of having cord blood available to ANYONE who needs it in case your family might have a need, contact your local/state blood center to see if this is available to you. Some hospitals are banking centers where anyone can donate, your doctor will know if this is the case. The blood center in my state has a need for cord blood from specific ethnoracial groups (mainly nonwhite), so if they need your particular blood, there may be a way to donate even if you don't deliver at a banking center.
kmckay kmckay 8 years
so how much does this actually cost?
mhg mhg 8 years
we donated our sons', for reasons mentioned by kate. i agree that it is an industry mostly driven by fear and if you look at the actual science, it doesn't really add up. and i think registering for it is bizarre.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
katedavis if you are speaking of the same one i heard about was a girl with cerebral palsy, that is why i regret not saving my sons
katedavis katedavis 8 years
We also decided not to with our son. From the research we did we found out that: (1) The blood treats genetic diseases and so for the most part it will have the same genetic defects as the baby it came from, so it won't help the baby (2) It will most likely help family, as far as the baby's aunts and uncles It's expensive and we figured if it wasn't going to potentially help our son, we may as well wait and we can do it down the road with another baby we have instead of spending the money on storage all this time. Also, we thought they'd probably have more information about what it can help if we wait a few years. It seemed to me to be a huge commercial industry without much science behind it. It basically runs on fear (which is really powerful). That being said, I saw a news story about a baby who had some sort of injury that his own cord blood was able to help him fully recover from.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
We considered it, but decided against in when we weighed the cost against the very few diseases (so far) they know it will help. If in the future it proves much more successful, we will likely consider it. And maybe the price will come down a bit.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
It was completely out of our price range.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
I don't have any kids yet, but I don't think I will do this. I'm banking on my kids not needing it..
Greggie Greggie 8 years
It was out of our price range, so no. I didn't realize you could register for people to help, although that feels kind of weird to me.
krae85 krae85 8 years
I got a baby shower invitation yesterday that read: Registered at Target and Viacom Blood Bank and it freaked me out for a second before I realized what it must be for. I still think it's kind of weird, I don't have any kids yet, I'll rely on my doctor's opinion as to whether or not that's necessary. Must be pricey, though, huh?
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
We didn't with our daughter, but we might if we have a son. On my husband's side he carries some type of heart condition that killed his father when was quite young. It's been passed to his cousins. I would have to do the research to see if banking the blood can be used for this condition before we do it.
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