What are your thoughts on cord blood banks?

Kristi - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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What are your thoughts on saving your baby's cord blood? Pros? Cons? Has anyone done it? My husband and I are expecting in March and are trying to decide whether or not we want to do this.

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Alisha - posted on 01/18/2010

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I wanted to donate mine and the placenta but I started investigating options at about 6mos pregnant & they said I should've started the process earlier due to tests and paperwork so I couldn't donate it. As far as storing it, I didn't do it because there's a greater likelihood that my child will go to college vs. falling ill to one of the diseases helped by cord blood so we took the money for cord blood storage and started a college fund for him.

Sandra - posted on 01/18/2010

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If could afford it, I would have done it with my 2 yr old. I've heard good stories about having saved the cord blood. Talk to your doctor about it.

January - posted on 01/18/2010

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I think it is a rip-off playing on your fears. If everyone donated the cord blood like regular blood, there would be a constant supply and no one would ever be in need. It is a corporate greed of the worst kind because it makes you fearful for the worst, yet no one is afraid of not having enough regular blood because it is always available. We were going to donate it, but circumstances prevented us from doing so because our daughter needed medical attention that necessitated cutting the cord quickly.

Sharon - posted on 01/18/2010

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I had planned on it with my second but things got fouled up and it didn't happen. then with my third I was just to broke to pay all the fees for private storage.



I would have done it though.

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