cord blood banking..best companies? thoughts about doing it?
Sarah - posted on 03/18/2010
I don't trust these compainies. I have heard too many stories of the cord blood being used for "medical research" and "stem cell research" that it scares the crap out of me to even begin to think about saving my childs cord blood. Luckily, I have no reason to keep it and as Rachel said, it is CRAZY expensive.
Rachel - posted on 03/18/2010
It's a good thing to do, but it's CRAZY expensive. If you're on any kind of fixed or heavily budgeted income, it's pretty much impossible to pay for. You not only have to pay a few hundred dollars to have it taken in the first place, you have to pay a very LARGE fee to keep it stored - every year. I'm guessing if there comes a year when you can't' afford the fee, it's no longer saved. Or rather, no longer saved for you; as I doubt they would throw it away, but it would be used for research and you'd have no claim over it anymore, 'cause you couldn't pay for the storage. I'm by NO MEANS saying don't do it, I would have if I could have afforded it. But seriously, you might want to look into the pricing before you decide anything, or you may find yourself paying to have it taken, and then losing it and all the money you spent to store it when your finances randomly tank at some point down the road!
Ricky - posted on 03/17/2010
I saved my sons cord blood. I used LifeBank. They even came too my hospital to pick it up. (they only go a certain distance to pick it up, if your out of that range you need someone to deliver it to them, or send it through a delivery company). I figured why not save it, I have no family history that would cause me to 'need' to save it but I wanted to be on the safe side just encase. If you can afford it i say why not, it doesnt hurt you or your baby.
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