Cord Blood?

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Cord Blood?

Is anyone gonna bank their baby's cord blood?

We're unsure as we did bank Sawyer's & where it was costly I have that sense of ease knowing we did it. Guess my question now is....since I have banked one child's cord blood do I really need to do another one.

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I did not bank DS's blood and financially we won't be able to do it for DD either. I think it's one of those things that IF you can afford it, it's great! Smile

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Can I ask, in a roundabout estimate, what does it cost?

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I have not done it with any of my 3. But after having a special needs child if they could have "fixed" him with cord blood it would have been nice. Heres the thing though. Cord blood is made for "that child" and while sibblings can be a match they may not be. But if they are then if you have 1 banked you don't need another. That said how I understand it is if your kids match then you don't need to bank at all because they can be live donners of blood/tissues/bone marow for eachother. Cord blood just means no one has to donate because you have it already as an outside matching sorce. (sorry if you can't follow that, I am so tired and the kids are yelling at me right now) BBL

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We are not doing it.

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It's too expensive. I agree, if you can financially do it, go for it, but I really don't think I'm ever going to lose sleep over not doing it. I think if DH or I had a long history of cancers or leukemia or something we would be more concerned and possibly try to do more to save up and do it. But *knock on wood* our blood relatives usually just pass away from old age.

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We aren't doing it either, it is just too expensive. I might donate it though.

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"angielily" wrote:

Can I ask, in a roundabout estimate, what does it cost?

There are usually two fees associated with cord blood banking. The first is the initial fee which includes enrollment, collection and storage for at least the first year, and the second is an annual storage fee. Some facilities offer a variety of options for the initial fee with predetermined periods of storage.

The initial fee will range from $900 to $2100 depending on the predetermined period of storage. Annual storage fees beyond the initial storage fee are approximately $100.

( I got this off of http://www.americanpregnancy.org/labornbirth/cordbloodbanking.html)

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I read at one time that the possibility of actually needing it later is very small. We have never been able to afford it, but my thoughts were more along the lines of if it could help someone right now, then I'd like to help them. So we donated it. The chance of us needing it are slim, but someone else might benefit from it. I was only able to donate it for my first baby (the full term one) because we did not have all the paper work filled out at the time that the other two were born. If you are interested in banking it for yourself or donating it, make sure you have all the paperwork done and sent in, or they will not collect it when the baby is born.

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"rebgrace" wrote:

We aren't doing it either, it is just too expensive. I might donate it though.

We will likely donate as well. Our hospital actually gives us a nice little thank you care package little thing. I don't really see any "downside" to donating it if I'm not going to bank it. Right? lol

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I really want to do this, I'm sure you've all picked up how paranoid I can be sometime! My husband thinks it is far too expensive... Viacord does have a payment plan where you can break down the initial cost into 48 months of payments... I can't remember but I believe it was around 60 a month for 48 months.... and then somewhere around 100 a year for storage..... so that makes it around 70 a month for 4 years and then under 10 a month after that. It sounds more reasonable when you break it down that way.. but he still says nooooo

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we will most likely donate it, i have thought about storage but nothing is guaranteed with it and hopefully we will never have to use it, where as there is someone out there who could benefit from the babies cord blood now.

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I don't think we will do it either.

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we will not be banking ours.... i also read that the reality of having to acutally use it is slim. And from what i understand there can be donors out there that can be a match...

is there a cost to donate it?

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"angielily" wrote:

Can I ask, in a roundabout estimate, what does it cost?

From what I remember the initial set up cost was around $2500 or so & we paid it in monthly installments of $210. After the 12 months you only pay an annual fee (ours is $125/year). YES it's expensive but it gave me peace of mind.