cord blood banking

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cord blood banking

Anyone plan on banking cord blood? We are going to look into it. DH is an 8 yr brain cancer survivor. We did not with DS, we spoke with DHs doctors and they said the type of cancer he had is not hereditary and cord blood would not help us. Just curious. I do not know anyone IRL who has. Thanks!

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We chose not to do it with DD. I was thinking about donating it but by the time I realized you could donate it, I was too far along (you had to notify them by a certain week of pregnancy because they have to have someone from a hospital several hours away there to collect the blood).

Anyway, we decided against it because of the astronomical cost compared with the very VERY slight chance that it would actually be of any use in the future.

If we had a family history of any disease that cord blood could cure, or a family member with a disease, then we might have decided differently.

The cost / benefit analysis just didn't make sense for our family.

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Kris and I were just talking about this last night. He was asking me to look into it as we know nothing about it and are curious.

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I looked into banking too, but like the previous poster said, my family doesn't have any major issues and it is so expensive that it wasn't cost effective for us.

I would, however, like to donate. I need to see if I can possibly do that.

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Just wanted to say that many hospitals are involved with a public cord blood donation program. There is no cost to you.

The chance that you need it privately is very very small but it has much more use in a public bank.

We privately banked DD1 because of some family stuff and the public option wasn't available to us. At our new hospital, they have the public program so we will be doing that.

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I'll be donating. I've heard that there is a particularly critical need for cord blood from racially mixed babies.

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It's a couple of thousand of dollars here and only good for ten years. We have the option of donating it for research or for a bank for free. It's pretty standard here to donate so well do that. Chances are that if we need it and it's in the public bank that it will still probably be available for use. If we had hereditary problems we'd definitely pay.

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Robin- what type of cancer did your husband have? My dad is battling primary brain lymphoma

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The expense of keeping it is just not cost effective. If our hospital had a donation program I'd definitely do that but to the best of my knowledge they do not (smaller hospital). I'd have no problem donating if it were an option but the cost of keeping the cord blood for us wouldn't make sense

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"kmm123" wrote:

The expense of keeping it is just not cost effective. If our hospital had a donation program I'd definitely do that but to the best of my knowledge they do not (smaller hospital). I'd have no problem donating if it were an option but the cost of keeping the cord blood for us wouldn't make sense

I ran into this, too because I'm birthing at the independent birth center. Here is a list of independent banks that accept donations in the US...all it takes is for your Physician/Midwife to agree to assist with the collection.

http://www.marrow.org/HELP/Donate_Cord_Blood_Share_Life/How_to_Donate_Cord_Blood/CB_Participating_Hospitals/Donating_at_Other_Hospitals/donating_at_other_hospitals.pl

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We listened to someone talk about it last time, but decided against it. It was free for donauion and would be free to take a sample if we ever needed it (and had donated). The costs here weren't that outrageous. I forget our final reason for not doing it.
I remember that the hospital did either the donation or the bank and for the other an outside company did the other.

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"Freesia34" wrote:

Robin- what type of cancer did your husband have? My dad is battling primary brain lymphoma

He had oligoglioma, P-1 deleted. He had the tumor removed in 2/2002 and did 12 cycles of chemo. He has been cancer free since 6/2003, 8 yrs! He just had his check up/MRI last week and all is well!

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Thanks ladies. I think it is 2000 to start from Viacord and then 125/year to store. I am going to start researching more again.

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"rbrooks14332" wrote:

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We chose not to do it with DD. I was thinking about donating it but by the time I realized you could donate it, I was too far along (you had to notify them by a certain week of pregnancy because they have to have someone from a hospital several hours away there to collect the blood).

Anyway, we decided against it because of the astronomical cost compared with the very VERY slight chance that it would actually be of any use in the future.

If we had a family history of any disease that cord blood could cure, or a family member with a disease, then we might have decided differently.

The cost / benefit analysis just didn't make sense for our family.

I totally agree. If I had a history of family problems I might look into it, but it just costs way too much for us. I didn't know that you could donate it though... I wouldn't mind doing something like that!

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That is so cool that it's becoming easier to donate! Not sure if we are able to up here but I will find out, I'm sure that would be great as I could never imagine spending for private storage either.