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    Default Donating cord blood?

    Hi,

    Has anyone here donated your baby's cord blood. I'm considering this after the child birth refresher class nurse talked to us about it last night. I'm not interested in private storage, just donation. What concerns me most is making sure it doesn't get sold for research. I've contacted a local nonprofit organization that collects donated CB, so I can ask them a bunch of questions. Anything specific I should ask other than the selling for research question?

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    Tara
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    Default RE: Donating cord blood?

    We donated both times through www.babiesforlife.org

    Don't have a lot of help to offer since I think research is equally if not more important, so I donated my placentas as well, specifically for diabetes research. If they've got dozens and dozens of samples of my exact same type lined up and my cord blood could have gone toward finding even more uses for it, I was OK with that.

    Just my $.02.

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    I tried, unsuccessfully to donate my dd's cord blood. At the time she was born, my state's blood bank was not yet collecting at the hospital where I gave birth (although they were supposed to be, they were four months behind schedule).
    Now they ARE accepting donations but my Doctor will charge 400 dollars to collect it, which my dh and I can simply not afford. So it looks like once again it will be wasted. Such a shame.
    No insight, I just wanted to commend you on your decision.
    Alicia
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    That's ridiculous! $400? It takes NOTHING to collect it. That's just an unscrupulous doctor finding any way he can to make money! When all you're doing is DONATING?!? I'd question his motives to his face, and then ask the hospital which other OBs collect without charging the fee, and consider switching. I think it just speaks to the Dr.'s values when they pull something like that!

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    I know! It takes about ten seconds, right?
    And the worst part is I go to a group practice, so all six Doctors had to sit down and agree to charge 400 bucks.
    Alicia
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    Default RE: Donating cord blood?

    I agree that medical research is important. I guess my problem is with for-profit collection companies SELLING donated cord blood for research. That's really what I don't want.
    Tara
    living a crazy life with 3 boys

    I am thinking now
    of grief, and of getting past it;
    I feel my boots
    trying to leave the ground,
    I feel my heart
    pumping hard. I want
    to think again of dangerous and noble things.
    I want to be light and frolicsome.
    I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
    as though I had wings.

    ~Mary Oliver

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    Default RE: Donating cord blood?

    We donated it through our local non-profit blood bank and there was actually a consent form for donation for transplant or research. You could decline research use if you wanted. I have no problem with it being used for research if it isn't viable for transplant. The blood center actually had a donation team at the hospital the day I delivered (c-section) and they were in the OR off to the side (with my permission and doctors) and they took the whole placenta/cord to their office a block away to harvest the cord blood. I guess it is a new way they are collecting to make it as easy on the doctors as possible and so encourage donation. My doctor had not had them collect it that way before but she and the nurses thought it worked great.

    We found out the next day that it had "passed" the first test or two tests for viability for donation (amount of blood and number of cells I think) but I've never called to see if it was able to be viable for donation versus research. The blood bank was incredibly appreciative and nice about everything. I can't imagine being charged to donated blood, what a terrible public policy.

    Kimberly

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    Default RE: Donating cord blood?

    Where can I find out how to donate? I am in California and apparently there are only two (!) hospitals that participate in the National Bone Marrow donor program's cord banking.

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    Default RE: Donating cord blood?

    You don't have to be in a hospital which participates in the program. You can contact the agency in your state and they will send you a kit. Simply take the kit with you when you are in labor, and they will send someone to pick it up. Make sure your OB/hospital doesn't charge a fee for collection.

    I had trouble looking for community bank too. I called up one place which said they don't take from my hospital. Then I beg them to refer me to another organization then they gave me a phone number.

    Here's the link
    http://communitybloodservices.org/co...od_7_Links.htm

    Especially http://www.parentsguidecordblood.com/
    have list of public banks.

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    Default RE: Donating cord blood?

    The parent's guide link was very helpful. I guess it is NOT common for your doctor to charge something for the collection process even for donation since it is extra work for the doctor/hospital. I'm going to ask my doctor about it at my appointment this week. Looks like we will probably need to go with Cryobank or Lifebank since there aren't any local banks.

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