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Cord Banking March 14, 2008

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I saw a Today Show piece this week on a toddler who’s Cerebral Palsy appears to have been cured/improved by using stem cells from his stored cord blood.  This is something I’ve thought just a little bit about with wee baby. Some of the reading I did indicated that that it might not be worthwhile given the relatively low odds of your child getting cancer.  So I kind of resolved not to worry about it.  But if we haven’t even scratched the surface of the diseases cord blood may be used to cure, it might be worth the investment.

The other thing that I thought that came out kind of funny in that segment was that the Mom said something about how they had trouble conceiving and this baby would likely be their only one, which influenced their decision to bank.  At the time, I kind of took it as, what since you won’t have a spare, you want to make extra sure to keep this one alive?  But I think now what she meant was that the donor pool available to him, should he have a problem, would be limited without siblings.  She’s adopted and doesn’t have blood-related extended family, so their pool is even smaller. 

Unless there is some kind of freak accident of conception, we are not planning on trying for any more after wee baby gets here.  So that did make me think that maybe banking cord blood might make sense from the standpoint it may be used to cure any number of things eventually and he’ll have no siblings as potential matches. I’m going to have to look into more.

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