Do you plan to store your baby's cord blood?
November 12, 2008 10:58am CST
After reading some articles, i plan to donate my expecting baby's cord blood instead of storing it, since there is no study that confirmed the ill baby could use back their own cord blood to produce the stem cells effectively. What is your choice??
20 Nov 08
You're right lulumartin. I would also suggest you not to store the blood and make one company earn more money, when there are yet no real possibilities for using these cord blood stem cells. They only say if you would give birth to a second child, then there is a higher possibility that you can use and exchange the stem cell's from both (the first kid would get the cells from the second one and backwards). On the other side there are studies which suggest you can use the blood from the first teeth which will fall out when they are 5 - 8 years old. Because they are linked together with the first cells of the baby's body. You just have to put the tooth immediately in the fridge and on the next day to a "blood cord" company, so that they can store it (in 5 - 8 years the research will be developed perhaps for more effective results).
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7 Apr 09
I think it would be good to store it if it didnt take an eye of your face to do so. it is very expensive....I didnt know you could donate it, but i guess i will, because why let it go to waste. I think maybe thats why they make it so expensive so you end up donating it! lol. But anyway, if it helps stem cell studies i think i'll just donate it.
8 Jan 09
Hi lulumartin, I did not store the cord blood for my baby too. The same reason like yours. Too bad that I did not think of donating it that time. What a waste. If you managed to donate it, please do tell us where you donate it to. So that more people can do the same.