Cord Blood

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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 5:15pm

What do you guys think of this? I was just looking at it and I think my husband and I are both in agreement we want to do this. With his illnesses, it makes sense. I'm just wondering about the main provider (Viacord) and the price tag of $2K (plus annual fees). Is there anyone else out there who's better or a little cheaper? Anyone researched this or bought it themselves? What are your thoughts?

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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 7:36pm
I wish we could, especially since DD had cancer. I know how important it CANbe. We just can't afford it. I haven't seen anything cheaper than that when looking.





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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 10:02pm
Actually from the nursing standpoint I know very little about it. But from the view of a mother who has had to be told my child had cancer I can see how important it is. We were very lucky, DD was stage 1 at diagnosis. If she had been further along than that, or had a blood cancer rather than a tumor it would have been invaluable. I have talked to other moms at the Jimmy Fund Center that have said they used the cord blood. But at the same time I know no one in my "real" life that has. Its one of those things that if you can afford it then it's worth it if you ever need it. You'll probably be blowing $2-3000 and you'll be more than happy you never needed it!





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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 10:58pm

had to chime in on this...

 

 I banked both DSs cords' blood with Lifebank.  I chose them because we are in NJ and they are too-- I liked the accessibility, if we ever needed it.

The cost is about the same as what you're saying, but they have a payment option that made it more managable for us...  we only banked the cord blood and donated the placentas.  I would have loved to bank the placental cells too, but that was more than we could afford.   The yearly storage is only $125/yr...  and in the big picture, when we were weighing our options, the $2000 seemed like a small price to pay for the comfort of knowing that we had options if we were ever confronted with an issue.  

For us, it was a matter of family history of illnesses that have promising/proven treatments with cord blood and my DH had 2 childhood friends that had leukemia--- so he was sold...

 

Remember that everything is negotable--- it's worth a shot to try to get a deal by calling the companies and seeing what they can offer...  

As far as delaying cutting the cord-- I did this for both children.   DS1, we waited about 10 minutes (I had some bleeding complications and they needed to get the placenta out) before clamping-- his harvested cell count ended up being 195 million;  DS2 we waited probably 20+ minutes before clamping and his harvest was 273 million.   A "viable" amount is 100 million-- at life bank, if your cord blood doesn't yield that 100mil, they will pull from the placenta as part of the collections process...

 

on a side note, the representative I spoke with at lifebank said that some insurances are beginning to cover cord blood collection and more are adopting the practice because the cost of collection/storage is FAR less as a preventative measure than the alternate treatment options after a diagnosis.   And there are SO many things that can be treated and so many more that are still being researched, that it makes sense to have it covered and insurance companies are catching on to that--- unfortunately not NJ :smileysad:

 

good luck in your decision...

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