Motherhood Maternity: Cord Blood Banking Decisions

I am more than half way through this pregnancy and starting to think more and more about Cord Blood Banking. I thought about it with the first one, again with the second but just let the opportunity pass me by. Well, I am actually considering doing it this time. I told my husband how I felt, he said “Ok.” But we never discussed it any further. It doesn’t cost as much as I thought it did and after the presentation I saw, I am seriously considering this!

What is Cord Blood Banking?

In its simplest terms, cord blood banking is the collection and storage of the stem cells found in your newborn’s umbilical cord. Today, cord blood stem cells have been used successfully in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases.

When you bank your baby’s cord blood, you are making a choice that could potentially provide a lifesaving treatment for your child or a family member.

What is cord blood? Cord blood, or umbilical cord blood, is the blood remaining in your child’s umbilical cord following birth. It is a rich, non-controversial source of stem cells that can only be collected at the time of birth.

How is the cord blood collected? 
The collection process is easy and painless, and does not interfere with the delivery or subsequent care for your newborn. After your baby is born, but before the placenta is delivered, your obstetrician or midwife cleans a four- to eight- inch area of umbilical cord with antiseptic solution and inserts the blood bag needle into the umbilical vein. The blood flows into the bag by gravity until it stops, after which the collection is complete. The blood bag is clamped, sealed, and labeled. The collection typically takes two to four minutes. Three tubes of maternal blood are also drawn for testing.

There is only one time that cord blood can be collected: at birth.

There is no risk to mother or child during the cord blood collection process. The baby does not remain in the birthing area during the procedure, which is painless and noninvasive. Watch how cord blood is collected.
Did any of you bank your babies Cord Blood? What company did you choose? I really need to make a decision soon. I am really leaning towards yes. If you decided against it, why? Do you have regrets?



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  • [email protected]
    November 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Great post because a lot of families are faced with this decision.
    I did not store my son’s cord blood because the expense was not budget-friendly.
    However, I’ve read/seen so many stories about how cord blood could help when other members of the family need it for a variety of illnesses.
    Since this is baby #3 it may be something to consider for emergencies.
    Would love to read what you decide.

  • MushyMamma(Daphne)
    November 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    This was a no brainer for me, I know you only have one opportunity and I didn’t want to miss it. We went with Cord Blood Registry… http://www.cordblood.com/ and I am so happy we did. It is amazing how cord blood is saving lives. Even if I never have to use it, I rather of spent the money then to later have a situation and can’t find a suitable donor elsewhere and to find out I could have done something myself had I stored the cord blood.
    It can be pricey but in long run it’s not and its a worth while expense.

  • Cam | Bibs and Baubles
    November 13, 2012 at 5:50 am

    we did with both babies. we used CBR. feels like another form of insurance… peace of mind.

  • Tiffany
    November 16, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I looked at cord blood banking during my pregnancies but unfortunately wasn’t able to do it because of the cost. I understand the reason for the cost, but I wish that there was a more affordable option for families with lower incomes. It’s a great thing to do to plan for the unexpected!

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