Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Cord Blood Banking

I would love to hear your thoughts on Cord Blood Banking. Did you do it? Will you do it? Let's discuss...

7 comments:

Preppy Money Penny said...

We're not going to bank for us privately, but are going to look into donating the cord blood...I'm interested to see what others think/have done.

Kristin said...

I just got married, so I am not planning to have kids soon, but this is something I've looked into because I have nieces and nephews. I think if you have the money to do it, why not? It's safe and it doesn't hurt anything. You never know when you could need it. I also like the idea of donating it. I don't know whether or not I will do it when I have children, but I think its an interesting "insurance" plan.

Meagan said...

We banked Tom's cord blood, and we're happy with our decision. Current research and technology allows for cord blood to be tremendously beneficial when the worst strikes a family, and there is so much potential for cord blood to be the answer for myriad medical issues that we felt very comfortable spending the money to bank with a well-established and well-regarded institution.

The banking process is extremely simple, so don't be concerned about that.

If you'd like to hear more about our decision, feel free to drop me a line.

The Blissful Belle said...

I thought about but then I had my dad do an independant research study. My dad is a cancer doctor and he eats lunch in the doctor's dining room at his hospital with 2 of the top transplant surgeons and hematologists. So between the 3 of them, they know a few things about cancer, blood, transplant procedures, etc. And from their discussion, it was deduced that the actual number of procedures in each of their fields in which the cord blood is can be used is so small and rare that it wasn't worth the investment.

But it's an insurance policy a lot of people think is worth taking. So based on the advice medical experts I personally know (aka my dad and his friends), I'm not going to.

Pink Flamingo said...

In 1999, DH was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He was given a very slim chance of survival...long story short, thanks to a wonderful team of Hematologists at Vanderbilt University, he was in an out of cancer in 8 short weeks. You could say, it was kind of a miracle. Because of this, we decided to bank our little ones’ cord blood through Cryo-Cell (www.cryo-cell.com). DH and I did donate a portion of the girls’ blood to a “main bank”, as well. Please let me know if you have any questions.

The Mrs. said...

Since I know it's rare but have had "rare" things happen I think we will bank this next babies even though we didn't with Landon. It's expensive though!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, there's never a need for the blood, but storing it is a form of health insurance and we didn't want to regret our decision down the road.

We compared ViaCord and CBR and ended up selecting CBR. I called them with a list of questions and I liked their answers. CBR was our OB's recommendation as well.

We initially thought cord blood banking was out of our price range, but we set up a gift registry at CBR and let our family and friends help defray the expense by contributing. Also used the $250 coupon from
http://cord-blood-banking-coupon.com

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