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Cord Blood Banking Plays On Your Emotions

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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Cord Blood Banking Plays On Your Emotions

Posted by Megan Van Schaick
on September 24, 2010 at 5:00 PM

cord blood bankingCord Blood Registry. ViaCord. LifeBankUSA. I could fill this entire post with names of cord blood banking companies. (No, really, I counted!) It’s big business and big controversy.

Cord blood banking is the practice of saving your baby’s umbilical cord and placental blood for potential use in the future. The blood cells found inside the umbilical cord have been used to treat some childhood cancers and other immune system disorders -- trials are even being done today to see if stem cells from cord blood can help cure Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

So one decision you may need to make (in the middle of holding your newborn and pooping on the table and cameras flashing) is whether or not you want to bank your baby’s cord blood.

But there’s more to it …

You have two options: public or private. Private banking is spendy, but your blood is your blood, and it’s there should you need your blood. In public banking, the cord blood is donated anonymously. Anyone could use your blood if it’s a match, and you can likewise use anyone else’s. In that sense, it’s more like a conventional blood bank.

But there are other issues to consider:

The Money Issue -- Private banks charge a lot to store your cord blood. Not many parents are in a position to pay these fees. They also run extremely aggressive marketing campaigns. Go to Google and see how many entries and ads it takes you to get to unbiased cord blood info. I’ll wait. Their brochures are what you get when you go to the doctor. They run ads on any site or blog that has anything to do with being pregnant. They have a lot of doctors on the payroll. For some people this is a problem; for others, the banking is a bigger priority.

The Insecurity Issue -- Pregnancy is the perfect time to prey on any new parent’s insecurities. You’d better save that blood! Your kid could get sick! You’re going to need that! As one mom told me, “Who wouldn’t spend any amount of money if it meant saving your child’s life?” Cord blood banking plays on your emotions as much as it does practicalities, so you need to carefully weigh both.

The Ownership Issue -- Even if you bank with a private bank, your contract may not state that YOU have ownership over the blood. This means that there can be a lot of ambiguity surrounding how your blood may be used by the bank itself -- for other research for instance.

The Viability Issue -- Public or private, there is no guarantee that any cryogenically frozen blood could still be usable in the future. So banking your blood is a bit of a gamble, in that sense.

The Safety Net Issue -- This is the one that outweighs all the negatives for most parents. Cord blood banking does provide you with a kind of safety net. Should your child get sick, you have a potential cure locked away. Although the likelihood of ever needing the banked blood is slim, the cells found in that blood have worked miracles in some cases.

The bottom line is that controversy or not, the choice to bank your baby's blood is very personal. It's a decision only you can make.

So, what DO you think about cord blood banking? Have you done it? Will you?


Personally I think it's ridiculous to pay big bucks to freeze your child's blood away somewhere so that IF your child gets sick you MIGHT be able to use it.  If cord blood is so important, why deprive your child of it in the first place?  That is why I have delayed cord clamping with both of my children, so that they got all of their cord blood at birth - for free!

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Starleet
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM

I had just read a few weeks ago from a news site that said paying for it was not worth it because they actually cant use it for what they have been saying its used for. And that it is suppose to be investigated and that pamplets about doing it will be updated.

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angelmom224
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM

 I am doing delayed cord clamping. But I would never do this it is not worth it. If your child gets sick the genetic makeup is in that blood too and they will not use it. Or if one of your other children gets sick the blood might not be a perfect match. So then you cant use it again. If I did do anything I would donate it to a child who needs it and could use it. I think that is how it should be that you can sign a consent giving the hospital permission to donate it if you want. That way there would be cord blood available all the time for anyone who needs it. Just like blood donation. But nope all these companies found a way to prey on expecting parents and get them for every dollar. And all of the diseases they claim to cure have not been proven.

Alice05
by on Dec. 10, 2010 at 5:56 PM

We banked with CBR. Istrongly believe the research will prove itself strong in about 5 more years. We didn't want to regret not saving it, so we did a ton of research and came to the conclusion that private banking is what we wanted to do. CBR didn't push, but they do have great customer service, so we made our decision on our own. Thank you CBR!

Suz_and_Ash
by on Dec. 10, 2010 at 6:13 PM

I agree with this.  Wait until the cord stops pulsing so baby can get all that good blood.

Quoting Megara:

Personally I think it's ridiculous to pay big bucks to freeze your child's blood away somewhere so that IF your child gets sick you MIGHT be able to use it.  If cord blood is so important, why deprive your child of it in the first place?  That is why I have delayed cord clamping with both of my children, so that they got all of their cord blood at birth - for free!


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Randi02
by on Dec. 10, 2010 at 6:15 PM

This! We delayed as well, my kids already got the benefits of their cord blood.

IF I were to save it, I would have donated to a bank. The likelihood of your child or family member being able to use their own blood is minuscule, even if they needed it.

Quoting Suz_and_Ash:

I agree with this.  Wait until the cord stops pulsing so baby can get all that good blood.

Quoting Megara:

Personally I think it's ridiculous to pay big bucks to freeze your child's blood away somewhere so that IF your child gets sick you MIGHT be able to use it.  If cord blood is so important, why deprive your child of it in the first place?  That is why I have delayed cord clamping with both of my children, so that they got all of their cord blood at birth - for free!



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HillaryRenee
by on Dec. 10, 2010 at 6:15 PM

I totally agree with you... it should be treated just like blood donations. It sucks that there is all this "good blood"out there being underutilized. 

Quoting angelmom224:

 I am doing delayed cord clamping. But I would never do this it is not worth it. If your child gets sick the genetic makeup is in that blood too and they will not use it. Or if one of your other children gets sick the blood might not be a perfect match. So then you cant use it again. If I did do anything I would donate it to a child who needs it and could use it. I think that is how it should be that you can sign a consent giving the hospital permission to donate it if you want. That way there would be cord blood available all the time for anyone who needs it. Just like blood donation. But nope all these companies found a way to prey on expecting parents and get them for every dollar. And all of the diseases they claim to cure have not been proven.


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truealaskanmom
by on Dec. 10, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I do delayed clamping so there is not blood to store. 

doulala
by on Dec. 11, 2010 at 2:56 AM

Yep, me too.
Mother Nature / God intended for my baby to have that blood (at the time of birth) for an important reason...

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