Cord Blood - Columbia Falls,MT

Updated on July 12, 2010
B.L. asks from Columbia Falls, MT
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Has anyone stored their child's cord blood, but not their second child's? I have to make a quick decision weather or not to get it . I'm due in 2 weeks and my husband and I want to do it, but we don't want to add to our debt. Is this completely stupid to pass up?

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answers from Chicago on

I have not privately stored any of my childrens' cord blood, but I just received my kit for donating the cord blood of my 4th baby (due in 4 weeks). Public donation of cord blood is like regular blood donation. If you need cord blood in the future you don't have access to your own, but you have access to many, many units of cord blood that can all be tested to match your child. Even your privately stored cord blood is not necessarily going to be a match for your other kids in the event that you need it in the future. And, of course, public donation is free. It is so much better than wasting the cord blood and is an immeasurable public service.
With your due date fast approaching you would need to call and see about getting a kit ASAP, if you are interested.
Here is a link for more info.
Congrats on the upcoming birth.

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answers from Albany on

We didn't store our two older boys' and I regret it. It just wasn't as well known then plus I excused it because of cost. We did store our 3rd son's and will be storing our 4th son's as well. Here is the situation...there are some diseases where the child's personal cord blood is the best answer for them but there are other diseases where a SIBLING'S cord blood is a better match.

I will email you privately the company we go through as well as the name of the woman I have been speaking with. She gave me a better price than what was on the website. They also get the kit to you FAST (I got mine in just a few days and I think they will Next Day Air it if they know you are due soon), plus they pay the doctor's collection fee, and they pay the return, Next Day Air shipping.

Referrals get you a free year of storage so if you do use them, I'd appreciate you telling them I referred you just as referring others will help you in the future.

Good luck!

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answers from Cincinnati on

We did our research before our son was born. Right now, the technology is not there to use a child's own cord blood for most serious conditions (such as Leukemia), especially since the cord blood of that child could, in fact, have the same genetic problems that triggered the cancer. Instead, usually your child will need someone else's cord blood, like a sibling or even a complete stranger - or someone may need yours. We were willing to donate our child's cord blood, but decided not to pay to store it. Unfortunately, our area does not take donations, which was disappointing. However, before you get into debt storing cord blood, do some independent research about how it can be used and the current medical advancements. A lot of people don't understand it exactly. Good luck.



answers from Houston on

Please do not add to your debt. Banking cord blood has a great market compaign imploring that it will save your child's life. Perhaps but the volume that is harvested is not enough for an adult.
There is not evidence that stem cells taken from a relative is needed because the nature of naive stem cells does not required it to be a match. Thus, donating cord blood can greatly benefit an ill person in need of a transplant.

If you don't have a history of disease, please consider donating instead which may be available at your labor abd delivery hospital.

Also, these private banking companies do not have a standard procedure of harvesting and storing blood and are not required to be certified by any governing body. Please research the company and ask about its qulaity control.



answers from Denver on

I stored all three of my kids' blood. I felt like if I did it for one, I have to do it for all three. Now with all the scientific advances happening before our eyes, I know I did the right thing. I want to give my children any advantage on a bright future, and although it was a somewhat stress financially at first, the long term is worth it. Best of luck to you.



answers from Denver on

We stored my Daughters cord blood because we had the money at the time and I have 3 kids and only stored 1. The chances you need it are slim, but if you do a sibling will work for either child. Its best to have your own, but the next best is a sibling. We just had our 3rd last year and I felt better with having at least one stored.



answers from Indianapolis on

We just had our third baby two weeks ago and we had his stored at Cord Blood Registry. Our other two boys are older and the cord blood thing was still pretty new/unknown at that time, so we didn't do it with them.

I can't speak to your debt situation, but I think storing cord blood for your new child is a wonderful gift to give them if you can. Unlike a lot of other decisions about money and budgeting, you only get one shot at this decision.

Congrats on your new baby!



answers from Indianapolis on

My biggest regret (with both kids) is that I didn't bank the blood. I never expected to be diagnosed with cancer a few weeks after my daughter's birth (second child).

Should I have a recurrence of Hodgkins, my only treatment option is a stem cell transplant, and cord blood is an excellent source of stem cells.

Should we have another child, unlikely at this time, I'd definitely bank the blood. It's something I'd hope you'd never have to use, but it could be the difference between life and death for a family member.

Best wishes!

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