What are some thoughts about the Viacord blood banking of stem cells?

Chastity - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'm open to this topic and my husband and I need to make a decision soon.

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Jennifer - posted on 03/24/2009

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My husband and I chose not to bank our children's blood.  My biggest concern when I did the research was the actual storage centers and companies. I would say really do your research.

Laurie - posted on 03/24/2009

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I also heard that the chance of you needing it are quite small although I read that in a lot of cases the child whom the cord blood is from may not be able to use the cord blood, however it can work better for a sick sibling.  So I guess if you have a older child who has a illness that cord blood can be used for or has the potential for a cure in the future then it would be a no brainer. 



I had read that there are public cord blood donation centers that if you have a sick child you could try to find a match.  I wanted to make a donation of the cord blood from my son to one of these public center, however there are only a few in the country and you have to pay for the collection of the cord blood and the transportation of the cord blood.  I can't believe they make it so hard for someone to try to help someone else!

Laurie - posted on 03/24/2009

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I also heard that the chance of you needing it are quite small although I read that in a lot of cases the child whom the cord blood is from may not be able to use the cord blood, however it can work better for a sick sibling.  So I guess if you have a older child who has a illness that cord blood can be used for or has the potential for a cure in the future then it would be a no brainer. 



I had read that there are public cord blood donation centers that if you have a sick child you could try to find a match.  I wanted to make a donation of the cord blood from my son to one of these public center, however there are only a few in the country and you have to pay for the collection of the cord blood and the transportation of the cord blood.  I can't believe they make it so hard for someone to try to help someone else!

Maggie - posted on 03/24/2009

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My husband and I thought long and hard about this topic. We decided that even though the chance that we would need to use it is usually small we wanted to do it. We didn't want your child getting sick and having a doctor tell us that if we had banked her cord blood that we could cure her.

It is an expensive process but we felt that it was a small prce to pay in order to ensure that our daughter could be treated if she contracted on of the diseases that it can cure.

Do your research though. For Jim and I it was right. I had a sister that was born with cancer and a cousin that was born with leukemia. Because of that it was a no brainer for us. The pro's far outweighted the cons.

Chelsea - posted on 03/24/2009

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I had a discussion with my DR about this. We had thought about it until he informed me that it has never really been approved from the human health center as having an high term benefits and alot of research hasn't been done yet. If your baby or anyone in your family is a high risk or has had a disease that can be treated by cord blood then it's more beneficial but he said if it's not in your family it's not likely your baby will ever get anything worth using it on. It's pretty much weather or not you feel you are going to use it if somthing does happen its a good thing to have but 2500 is alot of spend on somthing you are never sure is going to ever be used. He said he only does about 3 a year and he never did it with his 3 kids. So it's all up to you I did my research and decided not to use it. Hope my opinion helps :)

Denise - posted on 03/24/2009

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I did not think twice about banking my sons cord blood. I would hate to think GOD forbid he become ill and there would have been something we could've done. My doctor was able to retrieve an excellent specimen. My son was born healthy and continues to be 3 years later!

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I agree with the previous person, the cord gets clamped and cut immediately and it's more beneficial to your baby if it's left for a few minutes if possible. I've read that although it can be a good idea to bank your child's cord blood, the chance you'll need it is generally quite small. One book I read says that most the people who end up using it have a family history of the sorts of problems that you would use it for, so if there is none in your family than it might not be worth the money. We decided not to do it this time, but will reconsider it next time around.

Good luck!

Emily - posted on 03/24/2009

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I think it sounds like a good idea. However, you have to clamp and cut the umbilical cord almost imediately. We weighed the options and decided we would rather wait on cord clamping and miss collecting the umbilical stem cells. Weigh the pros and cons of eachand see which makes more sense for your situation including if you can afford the storage fee.

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