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Cord Blood Banking

Has any mom's or mom's to be done this? With the boys we couldn't swing the extra costs at the time. Not even sure if we will with this one, but if not we would like to donate it.

There are a million returns on google, just wanted to see if anyone did any homework on this and if so what company you used, the cost now, procedures, etc

David John 4.19.01
Jonathan Dean 4.5.08
Anna Capri 5.4.11

Re: Cord Blood Banking

  • A friend's family member who is a doctor at the Mayo Clinic provided a pretty good email as to why you shouldn't do it that I need to find again.

    I just can't past what I feel like is the predatory marketing of it all, that really isn't based in any science, and his email confirmed all of that.

    Also, viola, The Bump taught me about delayed cord clamping.  Since I am selfish and it is all about my baby, we are going to do that.   I'm not sure that isn't also BS, but it is free BS.

    Baby Numbers 11.8.10 The Sequel on or around 10.13.12
  • We are not doing this. The small amount of research I did on it says most of the time you can't use it on the kid it came from anyway.

    I was interested in donating it, but it turns out our hospital doesn't do it anymore due to state cutbacks in the program.

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  • we aren't doing it, i found no point personally. we are also doing delayed cord clamping so baby d gets all the blood it can get from it
  • that is sort of how i felt with all the marketing and hoopla out there on it. but i figured if we dont keep it why not donate. i don't see PA hospital on the list but ill be sure to ask at my appt on Monday.

    tell me more about this delayed cord clamping

    And Amy, not sure if you still have my email from the GTG info bu forward to me if you find it. Thanks

    David John 4.19.01
    Jonathan Dean 4.5.08
    Anna Capri 5.4.11
  • Ditto on the delayed cord clamping. The only issue my doc discussed was sometimes the cord is too short to do immediate skin to skin and attempt to bf. So you basically would have to pick which you'd rather do - delayed cord clamping/cutting or skin to skin/bf.
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  • image MsKellDel:

    that is sort of how i felt with all the marketing and hoopla out there on it. but i figured if we dont keep it why not donate. i don't see PA hospital on the list but ill be sure to ask at my appt on Monday.

    tell me more about this delayed cord clamping

    And Amy, not sure if you still have my email from the GTG info bu forward to me if you find it. Thanks

    Basically, they delay clamping the cord at least two minutes, or until it stops pulsing.  it supposedly helps boost iron stores for the baby.  Who knows, really?

    I actually had my last Mindful Childbirth class at PA last night, and the instructor said, "So if everything has gone ok, they will wait a minute or two to cut the cord, or until it stops pulsing if you ask..." and a few people asked her to back up and clarify, and she said that is the norm but you should still ask for it if you want it.

    Baby Numbers 11.8.10 The Sequel on or around 10.13.12
  • image larrysdarling:
    Ditto on the delayed cord clamping. The only issue my doc discussed was sometimes the cord is too short to do immediate skin to skin and attempt to bf. So you basically would have to pick which you'd rather do - delayed cord clamping/cutting or skin to skin/bf.

    this may sound dumb...but i have no idea what u are saying....please explain delayed cord clamping, i never heard of it.  keira was immediately wisked away and put in the NICU and ariana had issues with merconium (sp?)  so they needed to work on her a little

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  • image larrysdarling:
    Ditto on the delayed cord clamping. The only issue my doc discussed was sometimes the cord is too short to do immediate skin to skin and attempt to bf. So you basically would have to pick which you'd rather do - delayed cord clamping/cutting or skin to skin/bf.

    Yeah, the delayed cord clamping isn't in my birth plan* or anything.  If it works, great.  If not, snip away.

    * My draft birth plan:

    1) Keep me alive

    2) I will effing freak out if anyone comes near me with an epidural unless I say my safe word

    3)  I would like the rarest roast beef sandwich possible from Koch's Deli in West Philly within three hours of delivery.

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  • image amy052006:

    image larrysdarling:
    Ditto on the delayed cord clamping. The only issue my doc discussed was sometimes the cord is too short to do immediate skin to skin and attempt to bf. So you basically would have to pick which you'd rather do - delayed cord clamping/cutting or skin to skin/bf.

    Yeah, the delayed cord clamping isn't in my birth plan* or anything.  If it works, great.  If not, snip away.

    * My draft birth plan:

    1) Keep me alive

    2) I will effing freak out if anyone comes near me with an epidural unless I say my safe word

    3)  I would like the rarest roast beef sandwich possible from Koch's Deli in West Philly within three hours of delivery.

    I told Big Lar the other night that my birth plan can be summarized into 2 words:  "EXIT ONLY".

    I want as much as possible coming out and a little as possible going in (including but not limited to drugs, knives, hands, and needles).

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  • my birth plans with T1 and T2 and will be for T3- keep me alive, get the kid out as healthy as possible. that's really it. i have been blessed with two easy pregnancies and successful deliveries so far, so it worked for me, i cant complain
    David John 4.19.01
    Jonathan Dean 4.5.08
    Anna Capri 5.4.11
  • image amy052006:
    image MsKellDel:

    that is sort of how i felt with all the marketing and hoopla out there on it. but i figured if we dont keep it why not donate. i don't see PA hospital on the list but ill be sure to ask at my appt on Monday.

    tell me more about this delayed cord clamping

    And Amy, not sure if you still have my email from the GTG info bu forward to me if you find it. Thanks

    Basically, they delay clamping the cord at least two minutes, or until it stops pulsing.  it supposedly helps boost iron stores for the baby.  Who knows, really?

    I actually had my last Mindful Childbirth class at PA last night, and the instructor said, "So if everything has gone ok, they will wait a minute or two to cut the cord, or until it stops pulsing if you ask..." and a few people asked her to back up and clarify, and she said that is the norm but you should still ask for it if you want it.

    Right. Sometimes they will let it go until it stops pulsing on it's own, which can 5 plus minutes.

    The baby also can get up to 20% or so of it's final blood volume back into it's own body from the cord. So when it's clamped and cut immediately, they basically lose out on their own blood volume.

    Delayed cord clamping seems to benefit pre term babies more as well as babies in developing countries where mother's have issues with low iron.

    As far as whisking away babies right away and meconium stuff, research shows that when all is normal, babies benefit significantly when they're placed right on the mom after birth - birth cheese and all.

    I used to think this was gross, but it can help lower anxiety and agitation in the baby and encourages early breastfeeding. Provided the baby doesn't need intervention like oxygen or a NICU, dr's are encouraged to do APGAR scoring and early exams while leaving the baby right on mom's chest. They can cover the baby with a blanket and wipe off all the vag goo while the baby is right on you.

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  • image larrysdarling:
    image amy052006:
    image MsKellDel:

    that is sort of how i felt with all the marketing and hoopla out there on it. but i figured if we dont keep it why not donate. i don't see PA hospital on the list but ill be sure to ask at my appt on Monday.

    tell me more about this delayed cord clamping

    And Amy, not sure if you still have my email from the GTG info bu forward to me if you find it. Thanks

    Basically, they delay clamping the cord at least two minutes, or until it stops pulsing.  it supposedly helps boost iron stores for the baby.  Who knows, really?

    I actually had my last Mindful Childbirth class at PA last night, and the instructor said, "So if everything has gone ok, they will wait a minute or two to cut the cord, or until it stops pulsing if you ask..." and a few people asked her to back up and clarify, and she said that is the norm but you should still ask for it if you want it.

    Right. Sometimes they will let it go until it stops pulsing on it's own, which can 5 plus minutes.

    The baby also can get up to 20% or so of it's final blood volume back into it's own body from the cord. So when it's clamped and cut immediately, they basically lose out on their own blood volume.

    Delayed cord clamping seems to benefit pre term babies more as well as babies in developing countries where mother's have issues with low iron.

    As far as whisking away babies right away and meconium stuff, research shows that when all is normal, babies benefit significantly when they're placed right on the mom after birth - birth cheese and all.

    I used to think this was gross, but it can help lower anxiety and agitation in the baby and encourages early breastfeeding. Provided the baby doesn't need intervention like oxygen or a NICU, dr's are encouraged to do APGAR scoring and early exams while leaving the baby right on mom's chest. They can cover the baby with a blanket and wipe off all the vag goo while the baby is right on you.

    You have such a way with words Wink

    And also, I am totally taking notes here.

  • image jessicah628:
    image larrysdarling:
    image amy052006:
    image MsKellDel:

    that is sort of how i felt with all the marketing and hoopla out there on it. but i figured if we dont keep it why not donate. i don't see PA hospital on the list but ill be sure to ask at my appt on Monday.

    tell me more about this delayed cord clamping

    And Amy, not sure if you still have my email from the GTG info bu forward to me if you find it. Thanks

    Basically, they delay clamping the cord at least two minutes, or until it stops pulsing.  it supposedly helps boost iron stores for the baby.  Who knows, really?

    I actually had my last Mindful Childbirth class at PA last night, and the instructor said, "So if everything has gone ok, they will wait a minute or two to cut the cord, or until it stops pulsing if you ask..." and a few people asked her to back up and clarify, and she said that is the norm but you should still ask for it if you want it.

    Right. Sometimes they will let it go until it stops pulsing on it's own, which can 5 plus minutes.

    The baby also can get up to 20% or so of it's final blood volume back into it's own body from the cord. So when it's clamped and cut immediately, they basically lose out on their own blood volume.

    Delayed cord clamping seems to benefit pre term babies more as well as babies in developing countries where mother's have issues with low iron.

    As far as whisking away babies right away and meconium stuff, research shows that when all is normal, babies benefit significantly when they're placed right on the mom after birth - birth cheese and all.

    I used to think this was gross, but it can help lower anxiety and agitation in the baby and encourages early breastfeeding. Provided the baby doesn't need intervention like oxygen or a NICU, dr's are encouraged to do APGAR scoring and early exams while leaving the baby right on mom's chest. They can cover the baby with a blanket and wipe off all the vag goo while the baby is right on you.

    You have such a way with words Wink

    And also, I am totally taking notes here.

    Yeah, so um apparently birth can be rather gross. But everyone says it's awesome, so I am guessing we'll just be looking past all the fluids and goo and cheese.

    But don't worry, I will not post any pix of a goo covered mini-LD anywhere.

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  • image larrysdarling:
    image jessicah628:
    image larrysdarling:
    image amy052006:
    image MsKellDel:

    that is sort of how i felt with all the marketing and hoopla out there on it. but i figured if we dont keep it why not donate. i don't see PA hospital on the list but ill be sure to ask at my appt on Monday.

    tell me more about this delayed cord clamping

    And Amy, not sure if you still have my email from the GTG info bu forward to me if you find it. Thanks

    Basically, they delay clamping the cord at least two minutes, or until it stops pulsing.  it supposedly helps boost iron stores for the baby.  Who knows, really?

    I actually had my last Mindful Childbirth class at PA last night, and the instructor said, "So if everything has gone ok, they will wait a minute or two to cut the cord, or until it stops pulsing if you ask..." and a few people asked her to back up and clarify, and she said that is the norm but you should still ask for it if you want it.

    Right. Sometimes they will let it go until it stops pulsing on it's own, which can 5 plus minutes.

    The baby also can get up to 20% or so of it's final blood volume back into it's own body from the cord. So when it's clamped and cut immediately, they basically lose out on their own blood volume.

    Delayed cord clamping seems to benefit pre term babies more as well as babies in developing countries where mother's have issues with low iron.

    As far as whisking away babies right away and meconium stuff, research shows that when all is normal, babies benefit significantly when they're placed right on the mom after birth - birth cheese and all.

    I used to think this was gross, but it can help lower anxiety and agitation in the baby and encourages early breastfeeding. Provided the baby doesn't need intervention like oxygen or a NICU, dr's are encouraged to do APGAR scoring and early exams while leaving the baby right on mom's chest. They can cover the baby with a blanket and wipe off all the vag goo while the baby is right on you.

    You have such a way with words Wink

    And also, I am totally taking notes here.

    Yeah, so um apparently birth can be rather gross. But everyone says it's awesome, so I am guessing we'll just be looking past all the fluids and goo and cheese.

    But don't worry, I will not post any pix of a goo covered mini-LD anywhere.

    And don't forget about poop (if you poop)! Or does that fall under your fluids category? :) 

    I never heard of delayed cord clamping, either. Man, a lot changes over the years. 

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  • HA!  they knew ariana had the merconium problem before hand so they were ready to take care of her...they did, however put her on my chest for a few seconds (not only goo...but poop!)  dd has a pic of me kissing her...barf...i really couldn't care less, honest!  looking back though...pretty gross.

    i knew nothing about the poop situation prior...she did fine though and they cleaned her up and had her back to me stat...she actually latched on in the delivery room too (which still amazes me)

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  • Anna, I meant the mother pooping. Not the baby.

     

    My son pooped inside me as well. The dr and nurses all warned me that I shouldn't be alarmed when he was born and if he wasn't crying. They told me they didn't want him to cry because that's when they take their first big breath of air and they can suck all the poop in their nose and mouth. My son was literally pulled out of my va-jay-jay and rushed over to the other side of the room where the NICU peeps worked on him to clear his airways.  I didn't get to see what he looked like for over 25 minutes. I was so pissed and angry because there I was legs spread wide open getting stitches while everyone was over by the NICU crib in the room saying, "OMG you should see him! OMG he's so cute! OMG you should so see him right now."

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  • Eh, poop happens to both mom and baby. What are you gonna do about it?!

    One of my ob's said you know you're pushing right if you poo while doing it.

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  • image amy052006:


    Also, viola, The Bump taught me about delayed cord clamping.  Since I am selfish and it is all about my baby, we are going to do that.   I'm not sure that isn't also BS, but it is free BS.

    I asked my doctor if I could do this and was basically dismissed.  This is just a fad, no real benefits blah blah and was blown off.  I should have known they would be the suck then.  

      

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  • image larrysdarling:

    Eh, poop happens to both mom and baby. What are you gonna do about it?!

    One of my ob's said you know you're pushing right if you poo while doing it.

    I heard this as well. I didn't poo and I fully believe it was because I wasn't actually pushing. The dr's would be like "PUSH!" and I was just like, "eeeeeeee!!!" and pretended to push. I was afraid my insides were ripping out. OK, they pretty much are ripping out when you give birth... but at 18... I wasn't really down with the pushing thing it was just too scary and it was NOT a fun feeling.  

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  • Taking notes? Ugh, more like barfing.

    My little nuggets

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  • image HeatherWain:
    image larrysdarling:

    Eh, poop happens to both mom and baby. What are you gonna do about it?!

    One of my ob's said you know you're pushing right if you poo while doing it.

    I heard this as well. I didn't poo and I fully believe it was because I wasn't actually pushing. The dr's would be like "PUSH!" and I was just like, "eeeeeeee!!!" and pretended to push. I was afraid my insides were ripping out. OK, they pretty much are ripping out when you give birth... but at 18... I wasn't really down with the pushing thing it was just too scary and it was NOT a fun feeling.  

    My biggest fear was pooing while in labor...not the pain lol.  Luckily I had a c section so I didn't have to deal with either.  Although, given the pain after the section and the pain I've been in for months now from a bad epidural I'd rather have just pooed. 

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  • I pooped both times and seriously, it is so not a big deal.  I say that now, just knowing that when you are in it, you just don't care. 

    Of course it sounds gross and everything but that is so the least of your problems

    Heather and anna, the same thing happened with Sam - she had pooped in utero and had meconium  they had to suction out.  I didn't know it at the time, but her 5 second apgar scores were scary low.  They were all normal and great by the 1 minute apgar, but seeing the results after the fact was scary

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  • image Shannon1110:
    image HeatherWain:
    image larrysdarling:

    Eh, poop happens to both mom and baby. What are you gonna do about it?!

    One of my ob's said you know you're pushing right if you poo while doing it.

    I heard this as well. I didn't poo and I fully believe it was because I wasn't actually pushing. The dr's would be like "PUSH!" and I was just like, "eeeeeeee!!!" and pretended to push. I was afraid my insides were ripping out. OK, they pretty much are ripping out when you give birth... but at 18... I wasn't really down with the pushing thing it was just too scary and it was NOT a fun feeling.  

    My biggest fear was pooing while in labor...not the pain lol.  Luckily I had a c section so I didn't have to deal with either.  Although, given the pain after the section and the pain I've been in for months now from a bad epidural I'd rather have just pooed. 

    At 18 I didn't even know you could poop while in labor. I didn't find out until after I had my son and when I found out that it was even a possibility, I quick called my husband at work (this was like 3-4 years later) to ask him if I pooped or not. I had 0 idea.

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  • image HeatherWain:

    At 18 I didn't even know you could poop while in labor. I didn't find out until after I had my son and when I found out that it was even a possibility, I quick called my husband at work (this was like 3-4 years later) to ask him if I pooped or not. I had 0 idea.

    My friend said she had no idea that she did poo until a nurse took this tray out from under her and emptied it.  She asked what it was and they told her.  She said she was so busy pushing that she had no idea she did it.  Labor and post labor is just gross.  I didn't even get to push and I thought it was gross. 

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