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Would You Bank Your Newborn's Cord Blood?

Would You Bank Your Newborn's Cord Blood?

Last month, we discussed banking your newborn's cord blood to possibly help that child, or another relative, should they be afflicted by a life-threatening disease. The cost of privately banking the blood is upwards of $600 for the initial banking, which does not including the annual storage fees. So many people seek out public banks where they can donate the blood for the community to use as necessary.

The Today Show took on the subject last week and noted that cord blood is best used in siblings, and even then, there is only a one in four chance that the sibling will be a match.

Given all of this information, would you consider banking your baby's blood?


bessa bessa 9 years
I would love to have publicly banked, but it's available at surprisingly few hosptials/areas. And I live in a very large city. . At the very last moment we decided to privately bank our daughter's cord. Now we're trying to decide if we have to bank our future-son's cord. I'd hate our daughter to develop something and be the only sibling without a potential match later.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Look at it as a cheap form of life insurance.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
i wish my doctor had asked me what i wanted and told me to set it up before hand. its too late to decide after you're in labor..
Jesi_Oh Jesi_Oh 9 years
wow well I'm a way of having kids yet but there's certainly some food for thought here. I'm split between banking publicly and wating for the blood to go in, will have to research more
katedavis katedavis 9 years
Mishell- So interesting! I learned in lamaze that they used to wait to cut the cord so the baby could have the blood, which made a lot of sense to me (although we didn't do it with my son). I'm still not sure on why they don't do that. I didn't even think about the fact that waiting to cut the cord and cord banking were mutually exclusive! My doctor told us that the illnesses that are being treated with cord blood are mostly genetic diseases which would be present in the baby's own blood and that the people most likely to benefit would be parents, aunts and uncles, and siblings, but over the next few years they would know a lot more. Since we plan on having more kids I figured I would wait to do it down the line (and save all the money we would have been paying to store it in the meantime). :)
Mishell Mishell 9 years
We won't cut the cord until the blood has gone into the baby. There will be no extra blood to bank.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I agree with Shosh. But I did not know there were free banks where anyone can use the blood. That is a good idea!
Shosh Shosh 9 years
For the cost, it seemed like throwing money out of the window. If I had other children, perhaps I would have banked my daughter's cord blood, but after months of research on it, my husband and I opted out.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Kiki can you keep mine too when the time comes? I don't have a basement.... :rotfl:
Courtney82 Courtney82 9 years
kiki, haha that is pretty funny. honey can you go grab the steak, make sure not to get the cord this time, haha. we have donate ours. i want to try to help as many kids as we can, not just ours so instead of incurring the cost we will donate all of them
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
**not store it ourselves lol, but have it stored for our use only lol ... yeah I have a freezer in the basement where I keep cord blood :rotfl:
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
We will either donate it to a public bank or store it ourselves. I don't see why not at least donate it to a public bank?
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