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May 24, 2006


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My Doctor forgot to bank the core blood from my 6 week old son.I`m dvistated!
what can I do?


I wonder how President Obama's March 9th 2009 decision to fund embryonic stem cell research will affect the umbilical cord blood collection and storage industry? Any ideas? I personally suspect a brain drain will take away researchers, but breakthroughs will affect all branches of the science.


It is not a scam. you can always donate the cord to a public bank and save other lifes!

Auburn Gal Always

In my 1st trimester w/first baby, my mother-in-law died of a rare leukemia. She couldn't donate her own stem cells b/c of age and general heatlh and stage of disease. Knowing that she was 3rd generation with cancer and that DH's father is now 3rd generation cancer survivor, we are glad that we banked her blood.

Now pg w/baby #2, we will be banking his blood also.

Kit in hand, 23 days to go.

Maybe it is more of a money-making scheme than a REAL treatment possiblity now - NOW. But it's one of those things where it's worth my up-front investment to have a possible treatment for a disease that has a strong history in DH's family.

About the ob dismissal of the cord blood banking system, it's not his/her child, it's not his/her future, it's not his/her decision. This is one of those times when the opinions you seek and receive should be weighed against your own preferences, plans and values. My mom thinks it's silly to bank cord blood, but it's not her child or money. Ultimately, *I* am the one who has to live with *MY* decision (DH is included in the "I" and "MY" there). If there is a chance that I'd regret NOT banking, then I'll not take that chance.

It's like a separate (and pretty inexpensive in comparison) health insurance policy for our children and potentially ourselves.

Without knowing ahead of time of this blog, I had just blogged about our cord blood banking... http://augalinfp.blogspot.com/2007/01/extreme-makeover-pregnancy-edition-no.html

Mark & Steph

We had our daughter's cord blood banked, even though we ended up with a C-section after a day of fruitless labor. I was in the military at the time, and we had no other medical expenses. Now we're trying to decide if it makes sense to spend the money again to bank our second child's cord blood.


I didn't bank my cord blood, mainly because the hospital I delivered in didn't bank cord blood. An incredible waste I thought. That discovery made me realize that there is no true "U.S. Public Blood Cord Bank." And that only some hospitals in some states have them.

This is a major travesty. I spent so much time thinking about it when I was pregnant, two and a half years ago, that I thought up an entire grass roots PR campaign to start a truly national public blood cord bank. My campaign is called "CORD-US!" (as in cord U.S.) And your post Kristin, just reminded me of how much something like this is needed in this country. So many lives could be saved at such a small cost if a national blood cord bank was established.

Now I'm going to do my part and draft a letter to my senators and state representatives, as well as our President, and see if we can get a national blood cord bank off the ground.

Write your senators and congress people and say "CORD-US!"


For the birth of both my daughters, we didn't bank it, but donated it. No known health issues meant we really couldn't justify the expense, but if it could even help someone, why not donate, since the hospital would just throw it away otherwise?


My .02: It's a scam. Unless you've got some sort of congenital deal in the family (as stated here already) it's not worth it and even then the likelihood of using it is slim to nil. I did a lot of research about this when I was pregnant (and bored on bedrest). In Europe there's a movement towards making the banks illegal, since it's essentially taking money for a service that's never rendered. One of the biggest banks (viacord maybe?) in their whole existence has only withdrawn blood once and it didn't work.

On the other hand...if you donate it, you actually will stand a chance of helping someone. I vote for that.


With my first son cord blood banking was too new. It was a definite consideration with my second son as my first son's father was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma and was 3rd generation with cancer. I thought that I might very well need that cord blood for my oldest someday. However, after long, in-depth conversations with two of my doctors, we decided that the public banking was as justified as the "private" sector. Also, the fine print (provided by CBR) also warns that there would be no guarantee of the viability or quantity of the cord blood banked. It felt like they were selling insurance with no insurance benefits. We are now expecting another child and I do plan to donate the cord blood to a public bank.


We did it, for my third baby. We figured it was our last chance and it may be useful for one of our other children our ourselves. I don't know, reading everything about stem cells, seeing how they are so valuable that people are willing to create and destroy embryos to get them, we decided that the cells may have some value to us or someone else should we later decide to donate it.

The cord was wrapped around Ava's neck, so we didn't get a lot of blood, but we got enough.

We went with CBR, my OB felt they are the most reputable. they were very professional and we've had a positive experience with them.


My sister is in the blood industry (that sounds weird, no?) and she was hesitant bc of the cost. She also points out that there is such a small chance of our child ever having a serious illness, and an even smaller chance that the banked blood could be useful in treating the disease. We didn't bank it in the end because of the whole pulsing cord thing, like Erin above. But if money is no object... I probably would have.


I couldn't have justified the cost of banking my baby's cord blood, but had I gotten the information early enough I would have donated it.
If you donate it, you are helping to fill the banks that could be used by anyone who needs it. You might be the parent in need of that cord blood, and there is a greater chance that you would find a match in a huge pool of options rather than just the sample that you have been paying to bank.


As a healthcare attorney, I have assisted in the set-up of cord blood banks. If your family has a history of certain illnesses, for example leukemia, then blood banking should be considered. However, if you have no known risk factors and no known genetic conditions, it likely will not do you much good. Also, there is some concern about the standards for different blood banks and the long-term viability of private operations. I think you should also consider where you live: are you near a major Children's Hospital or research center? Is there alot of medical research or biotech going on in your area? If so, then you may not need to bank since there are other options...We elected not to bank cord blood with either of our children due to our answers to the above considerations. However, ultimately this is your choice and you should do what you feel is right for you and your family. Good luck and congratulations!


We banked it. I had a c-section and there was no problem collecting the blood (I've never heard of this being a problem before).

I was leaning towards not doing it (mostly because of the expense) but my husband felt more strongly that we should, so after lots of research we did it. Hopefully we'll never need it, but if we do, it's there.


We decided not to do the cord blood bank. Actually, we requested that they wait to clamp the cord until after it stopped pulsing. That's what we felt made the most since for us. We read a lot about cord clamping and the effects it has on the baby. Thus are decision.

If my dr had reacted that way when I asked him about it. I would question it, but it all comes down to what you feel is best for your baby.

amy s.

We had planned to donate my daughter's cord blood to the public bank - which is an option. I didn't see a need for us to personally bank it. Ultimately, I had a c-section, and everything was forgotten in the shuffle. But they never said I couldn't bank it if I had a c-section. Not sure why that would be.


We tried to collect the cord blood with our baby, who is adopted, but the birth mother ended up almost giving birth in the ambulance and there wasn't enough time. Our reasons were obviously because of the adoption. We don't know what his biological family history is and I didn't want to take any chances since I will not be a match for him if he ever needs blood, bone marrow, etc.

We were very impressed with the company we chose (CBR), after we told them bout our circumstance, they actually gave us a discount of $600.00 because of the adoption expenses and shipped the kit directly to the agency just in case we didn't make it for the birth.You can also sometimes run into discounts on the internet.

I think it is a wonderful idea. Unfortunately since there isn't much evidence to confirm that it works, you are taking a chance at waisting money...HOWEVER....if your child was diagnosed with an illness, or in an accident and had a brain or spinal injury (which they are currently testing), wouldn't you give any amount of money for a possible cure? I have put much more than this on credit cards over the years and have no idea what it was all spent on. According to the website, the stem cells can also be used for family members as well as the baby donor.

If you want to check out this site the address is www.cordblood.com and good luck with your pregnancy!


We didn't do it. For us, it was too expensive and the chances too remote that my daughter would ever be able to use it. That said, I would have been willing to donate to a public bank so that someone else might have been able to use it, but there were no places near where we lived that would have allowed us to do that.


No I didn't. I too am with your doctor that it's a money making plea aimed at people in their most vulnerable. There was an urban legand that if diabetics drank their own urine, they would be cured of diabetes. Maybe it "could", maybe it can't.


I absolutely did it. I have a chronic illness that requires me to take a Class D drug, which I had to take throughout the pregnancy. This drug makes me more susceptible to lymphoma. No one knows what the long term effects of this drug will be on me or my son. The cordblood I banked may help me someday. Hopefully I'll never have to find out and I would hate to think that I could have done it but didn't! Sure there is public banking and more and more people are donating their cord blood, but you are more likely to find a match from yourself. I can't remember exactly what the fee was, I think around $1200 to collect and then $95/year. It was imporant enough for me to do it that I figured if I had to cut $95 somewhere else over the course of the year then I would do it. The answer to this is that more women need to be made aware that they have the option of donating their cord blood. The hospitals in most states by law do not have to inform the expectant mother of this option.


I didn't bank my baby's cord blood, pretty much for the same reasons your doctor mentioned. I read or was told the facts about its effectiveness (or lack of proven effectiveness). And all the ads for it, showing large-eyed children peering out at you pleadingly, trying to convince you that you are an unfit parent if you don't, felt like some form of emotional blackmail to me. I'm very turned off by emotional pleas designed to get my money that use the idea of my child getting sick as leverage. The APA has the mission of helping parents care for their children. Businesses that bank cord blood have the mission of making money.

I can see where it is tempting to bank the cord blood to try to insure your child's health and safety. But given the lack of evidence that there is real benefit to banking cord blood, I didn't feel like banking the blood would deliver on its promise. And the most difficult thing about being a parent is *accepting* that you can't guarantee that nothing bad will ever happen to your child!

But the bottom line is, if you have the money and it gives you peace of mind, then go ahead with it.


I didn’t know much about cord blood collection until, during my first pregnancy, I went to visit my brother-in-law at the hospital while he was getting a stem cell transplant. The nurse noticed how pregnant I was and asked if I was going to have the cord blood collected. She gave me a quick education on the benefits of the procedure and highly recommended it for us, mainly because we have a very high occurrence of cancer in our family- my husband’s brother, my sister, etc.

So, anyway, I had the cord blood collected and stored for both of my daughters and do recommend it. Weather or not you have cancer in your family, I think you should do it, but only if you have the extra cash to spend on it. It isn't cheap.

amy h.

I considered the same things you are considering now. However, when I found out that I was going to have a c-section, my physician told me that it was no longer possible to consider cord blood as an option. I didn't look into this myself, simply took her word for it. But she said that it was very difficult to retrieve cord blood from c-sectioned baby. Just wanted you to have this additional information to consider with your doctor and your family.

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