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Thursday, April 1, 2010

decision - cord blood banking

Ok, if you decided to do cord blood banking, you might want to skip this update.

I am so excited that we have finally made the decision not to do it.

Carlos had been in charge of cord blood banking and figuring out which company to go with. he did all the research, but when it was time to make a decision, I suggested negotiating and trying to get a deal with whatever company we decided on. Carlos of course, reminded me that negotiating and deal-making was my territory, not his. It's one of those things that he loves and appreciates about me, but really doesn't want to watch. (I've got to post an update about our recent trip to Babies R Us.)

So, anyway, got all the information.. And was about to make the calls when I had posted a random update to my "pregnancy-after-infertility" support group, just listing the list of things we'd left to do.

One of the women responded basically by saying: My opinion: Don't waste your money.

She posted a link to the American Academy of Pediatrics statement. I'll paste it here, too, at the bottom.

Honestly, we would do anything for our babies, but I admit that i was looking for a reason NOT to spend the money. It's A LOT of money, especially with twins. So, done, got my answer, and i just feel better about not having that as one more thing to do.

And Carlos says we can use the money for some help once the babies get here. I'm thinking post partum doula or night nanny at least a night or two a week for a few weeks. I think that would help A LOT.

So, if you are also looking for a reason not to do it, hope that helped. Of course, there are lots of reasons to do it, this is just our decision. And lots of people I very much respect are doing it - including my OB and many friends.

Below is text from the statement.
Cord blood stem cell banks can provide an invaluable service to those
afflicted with leukemia and immune disorders. The American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) encourages families to donate their newborn’s cord
blood, which is normally discarded at birth, to cord blood banks (if
accessible in their area) for use by other individuals in need.
Storing cord blood at private banks for later personal or family use
as a general “insurance policy” is discouraged.

According to the revised AAP policy statement, “Cord Blood Banking for
Potential Future Transplantation,” the chances of a child needing his
or her own cord blood stem cells in the future are estimated to range
from one in 1,000 to one in 200,000. Private cord blood banks target
parents at an emotionally vulnerable time when the reality is most
conditions that might be helped by cord blood stem cells already exist
in the infant’s cord blood. However, the AAP does recommend private
cord blood banking for parents who have an older child with a
condition that could potentially benefit from transplantation, such as
a genetic immunodeficiency.


tootertotz said...

Amen to that! It is always good to put a decision to rest at a time like this.

I know you are nearby and you may want to consider public cord blood banking. Free and can be used by anyone. It has just become an option for us here in the last 4 months.

I am doing it for Baby Boy#2 and have all the contact info for the director if you want to get in touch with her. Just let me know.

Also, I donated breastmilk with Bug while keeping him fully loaded on the you could see when you met him. He's a beefy kiddo! If you need any info on that and happen to have a surplus after feeding the is a great place locally and I plan to work with them again this go-round.

sophia said...

You know, if it weren't for my HUSband's health issues, I think we'd probably have come to the same decision you and Carlos did. Yea for having another thing crossed off your list. And I can't wait to hear all about you negotiating at BRU!

cheryllookingforward said...

I tried to donate ours. I researched so much and I was so happy to find a place that would work with me. Maryland doesn't have any local banks that take donation. Everytime I brought it up at the OB, they gave me a buisness card for the major cord banks.
After I got all the signatures and convinced my doctor it was what I wanted to do, I got a letter saying they have all the donations they need for May. Now I feel like I'm wasting it. Ah well...
Thanks for the info from the AAP. I had found that information when I was researching, but it's nice to see it again to confirm my desicion.

Lara (NoodleGirl) said...

Thanks for posting this! I've been waffling on the decision too - while I definitely will donate at birth, I think we're leaning away from banking our own now.

Beautiful Mess said...

Good information to have! I was going to donate Nae's cord blood but the information was confusing and it was going to cost me money to donate it. Which I thought was silly.

Gabby said...

Tooter - YES, i would LOVE information on the public bank. Carlos looked into this several months back and did not find that it was available - we definitely want to do this! Let me know.. (I know you are busy these days, so if you don't get to it, i understand)