Cord Blood Banks. did u do it?
If I did have an excess amount of $$, then i probably would. But If I did have that much money, I probably wouldn't be on RFD.
So did you bank your child's cord blood?
I put that money into an RESP instead.
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Welcome to parenthood. They do this with everything.. buy an alarm system so that your family feels secure, buy a 1500$ stroller because baby will be safer, ... Just do what you did: take your time and research.ricoboxing wrote: ↑Aug 16th, 2007 9:51 am5 mins after watching the DVD that came with the brochure, we both wanted to do it. Then after some careful thought, talking to people and research, we decided it wasn't worth it. I think those companys try to take advantage of parents emotions (especially 1st timers). Basically, they make you feel that if you don't do this, then you're a bad parent.
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There's only been a few handful of people who were actually treated with cord blood cells. Most people wouldn't even know a "friend of a friend" who's been treated. It's that rare, so don't buy into marketing over-hype.xcell wrote: ↑Aug 17th, 2007 7:48 pmi was considering it but when i asked more questions and they couldnt give me the answer...i decided not to.
ask them what happens if their containment should fail - do you get reimbursed for the money spent on storing it for nothing?
i think you can always hear that "friend hear from a friend that someone was saved because of ..." but if that was the case, wouldnt it be in the news? i think that would be newsworthy and would increase their sales for sure.
any way, to each his own...i think its a money grab and it plays on our insecurities....imho
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Jonavin wrote: ↑Aug 16th, 2007 2:50 pmDon't let people guilt you into it. The chance of you actually using the cord blood is very small. This should be the last thing on your list as far as budgeting goes for the baby.
Public banking is great option also. Although, if you're an ethnic minority, or if you're baby is a special ethnic mix, the public bank may not help you much.
Keep in mind that if your baby does have a genetic illness, you can't use its own cord blood to treat it. And until expansion technology is a reality, there aren't enough cells to treat adults.
Having said that, we did it anyways. After the initial processing fees, it works out to less than $10/month for the storage fee. I do realize it's like playing a lotto you don't want to win.
This link is a good read, and is less bias than a core bank company's marketing materials:
http://www.bchealthguide.org/kbase/dp/t ... 634/dp.htm