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Old 05-11-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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anyone here saved their child's cord blood?

wife and I are thinking of doing it. cost is not an issue, so i figure there's no real downside. cancer/leukemia runs in my family, and stem cells have been able to fight this. any thoughts?
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Interesting never thought about that. Out of curiousty how much does it cost.
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My GF is a biochemist and would tell you to save it. Because there is a lot of great things that can come from it in the future if needed. But there are all of folks that are against it. I would say do what is best for your child and save it, since there are risks in your family for certain illness.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:39 PM   #4
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I think its around $2,000 to set it up, then $1-300/year thereafter
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with your history and financial situation I would do it for peace of mind. also you should get a BMW as you are lacking in that dept


we chose not to but did not have family history like that to consider
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Can someone explain what the benefits are?
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Can someone explain what the benefits are?
cord blood contains stem cells, raw cells that can grown into any human cell the body produces. if our son developes a disease such as leukemia, the stem cells can be injected to fight the disease. well, at least thats how i understand it...
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with your history and financial situation I would do it for peace of mind. also you should get a BMW as you are lacking in that dept


we chose not to but did not have family history like that to consider
996TT or 360 will be my next purchase, so long as work picks up this summer...
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It's worth a shot. What do you have to lose? My parents saved a piece of my umbilical cord. But that's from a different era. It's all dried up and kept in a simple envelop. It's quite disgusting really

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What... no Bentley GT to fit in with the rest of the crowd here in Chitown?
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wife and I are thinking of doing it. cost is not an issue, so i figure there's no real downside. cancer/leukemia runs in my family, and stem cells have been able to fight this. any thoughts?
Hmmmmm..Pretty good idea, go for it.
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What... no Bentley GT to fit in with the rest of the crowd here in Chitown?
seriously, CGT's are like Hondas in Chicago...that and Range Rovers

i'm hoping next year's lineup looks like:

Escalade for the wife
MDX as my work car
Porsche or Ferrari as my play car

hopefully business turns around, i could have bought a boat and a porshe last summer, but got married instead

in all seriousness, my wife and son-to-be are all that matters, cars and other materials things will always come secondary.

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If cost is not an issue, go for it. My wife and I chose to donate the cord blood from our daughter. Maybe it can help someone else in the future, because this daddy was too cheap to spring to save his own! In all seriousness though, I think you can get cord blood if you need it, but I'd rather have my own if it were a reasonable option.

I thought it was like $5k, but I could be remembering wrong.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:59 PM   #13
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I don't believe you need the stem cells because of iPS (Induced Pluripotent stem cells). About 2 or 3 years ago, scientists discovered how to make stem cells from skin cells i believe. In your child's lifetime, stem cells will most likely not be difficult to get ahold of, and no controversy because no babies are aborted in this process.

more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Induced...tent_stem_cell

But it would still be a good preventative measure
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^ it is still going to be a while before those are going to be usable. i worked in a stem cell research lab before going back to school. hope to continue in the summers though. its too bad people ***** so much about stem cells. all this time and money in research could have gone towards finding out how to use them effectively.

to op: keep the cord blood.
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If you can afford it do it. All things considered it's cheap insurance. And, do you really want to have that conversation with your child if, heaven forbid, (s)he is stricken with one of these illnesses that could have been treated with chord cells?
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My wife and I looked into this before the birth of our daughter in October. From what we found, the stem cells more than likely would not benefit the original donor. It would really only be applicable to you, your wife or another sibling. I would call and ask the donor companies for verification on this.

Also, I donít recall, but there is also a difference between the big names and local / state run banks (though i think that was for donation when we looked into that).

Talk to your Dr and definitely ask questions. You may be better off calling a local bank rather than the big companies to ask your questions since you'll get honest answers....the bog companies will spin with marketing ploys...they just want you money.
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I went with Viacord. I think it was about $1,500 - 2,000 initially and then about $150 - 250 p/year for storage. You get a better price if you pay 5 - 10 years of the storage cost in advance.
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We did when my daughter was born in December. $1,900 initially paid interest free over 6 months. and then $129/yr storage through ViaCord. If you are going to do it let me know so I can get a referral bonus from you. I'll split it with you if you want. PM me if you're interested.
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:52 PM   #19
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Its good insurance if you gamble on being the unlucky.

but its not cheap,

you can have another kid and think about it then.

We got scared into getting the tri-screening done, and after that we passed on the cord blood.
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