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nurse79 specializes in Mother/Baby;L/D.

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It is becoming more common that my patients are banking their cord blood for their infants. Can anyone shed some light on cord blood sampling..and why parents save cord blood for their children. Thanks!!

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My understanding is that it is believed that essential stem cells that may be needed to your baby in the future. It is supposed to be a way to protect your baby from some serious diseases or disorders, that may require these type cells for replacement/

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kstec is a LPN and specializes in Geriatrics/Family Practice.

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I donated my childrens' cord blood to a blood bank for other children who may need it. At the time I did it, I was told not to save it for my own child because if there was a defect in my child the cord blood would contain the same and would be of no use to them. True or not, I don't know. Oh well, hopefully some child got some use out of it.

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crysobrn specializes in OB L&D Mother/Baby.

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My understanding is that the AAP is not recommending private cord blood banking because the cost outweighs the true benefit. There have been very few documented cases of cord blood actually helping that child later on. They are also saying that the cord blood that is saved is more likely to help a sibling that is a match than the actual child that it is donated from. Public banking is a good idea if your hospital does it, ours does not.

That said... I did donate my daughters cord blood to a private bank. I'm pregnant again now and think I'll probably pass on the idea. I'll add a link

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/jan07cordblood.htm

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HappyNurse2005 is a RN and specializes in LDRP.

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This really isn't too common here. Large hospital (for our area, lol-300 births/month), and its really not that common. sure, occasionally. but if a patient of mine brought one in, i'd have to read the instructions on their box on the collection/sending issues.

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