Hubby chose StemCord
This is a discussion on Cord Blood Banking within the Third Trimester forum, part of the Pregnancy Forum category; Anyone done it before or considering to do so? I'm considering whether to have my baby cord blood stored or ...
Anyone done it before or considering to do so?
I'm considering whether to have my baby cord blood stored or not.
And where? Cord Life, Stem Cord or Public Bank?
Anyone would like to share their views?
Hubby chose StemCord
personally, I didn't bank my child's cord blood. To me, the technology is too new... dont't know if it actually has any use. Plus I'd rather have my child benefit from the blood and all that is in it... my last birth I didn't cut the cord til it was flacid (ie blood stopped flowing).
how much does it cost?
For DD2 who was borned in Mar this year, I signed up with the public bank. Anyone that matches can use it, and donor family members will get priority.
Just signed up with Stemcord.
Been thinking about this for a while, and somehow came to this conclusion that donation to public bank might be better.
Firstly, it's less likely that baby him/herself can use his own cord blood unless whatever illness he has later on is non-genetic, otherwise his own blood will still produce the same defective cells.
Secondly, I heard that unless your baby is big and has enuf cord blood, you dont't get to store it at all becoz it's useless.
Thirdly, even if you do store the blood, it's only sufficient for 1-time use.
Lastly, now only useable for blood disorders.. unless they have a breakthrough.
So in terms of the cost involved with private banking, might not be too worth it. Might be better for EVERYONE to store with public bank..then better chance for EVERYBODY. If store with private bank, then you're really only limiting yourself to that one option.
My qn is... for those who registered with a private bank, did they refund you ALL your money if the amt of blood collected is insufficient, or if there's contamination? Or you still lost some $.
And for those who are considering which private bank, heard that Cordlife is more professional and transparent. Stemcord seemed more interested in getting more biz. Of course, this is hearsay on my part.. I only heard a talk from Cordlife but dont't know much about Stemcord.
hi all mummies who signed up for cord blood banking, how much does it cost for private / public?
i signed with cordlife.. it was an last min desicion at the hospital when I was about to deliver! The sales person still made a special trip down just to make me sign on the agreement.. another company need to charge if I want them to come down on weekends..
between stemcord and cordlife...
i would prefer cordlife ...maybe you all can refer to forum at doesnotwork.com...can get a lot of info from there
cordlife is accerdited by revelant party ( forgotten ..hehehehe )
my wife said that it is too expensive...i felt worth the investment...
if you introduce someone, your yearly payment got discount
think about it...
We signed up with StemCord.
The company was actually introduced to us by our Gynae. When we asked him about it, his reply was 'I think you should do it if you can afford it'.
There is a admin fee when you first sign up with them, and a yearly maintenance fee after. When you sign up, they will pass you a kit to handover to your gynae during your delivery, and all hubby needs to do after is to call the company and they will send a courier over to get the vials of blood from the hospital (they are on 24 hours call). They store the blood in 4 separate vials to ease extraction when needed. (Vials are in different size as well, so they can utilized the vials as and when needed)
They will bring back the vials for testing to see if the blood is suitable for storage.
If it's not suitable for storing - they will return part of the admin fees for you. I think about 30% of the first time payment is retained due to the expenses of testing the blood at the lab.
If there isn't enough blood drawn - they will refund you 100% of the one time fee that was paid.
Blood stored at with them can be utilized by immediate family as well. I actually didn't look too deeply into public banking, but we decided to do it to be 'safe', as I do have a history of cancers in my family (erratic, but appears here and there down the line)
It was also much cheaper than expected (think in hundreds) for each payment, and the company has a scheme where there is a discount since we were introduced by our gynae.
Hope this helps!
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I am an existing client of CordLife. Both the referrer and referee get 1 time $50 off respectively on top of the promotion :>
If you need me as referral to get the $50 discount,you can pm or email me
I sign up with stemcord, referrer got discount of $100 and referee got $50 off.
So in future when you become referrer, you get $100 off your next bill.
PM me if you plan to sign up with stemcord!
I am meeting a sale person from cordlife this friday to have a better understanding about banking my baby's cord blood - still undecided whether we should or shouldn't do it. This will be my last pregancy (my third) and would be my last chance to bank the cord blood. When I gave birth to my second child, about 5 years ago, this banking of cord blood thing was still pretty new technology then.
But now I feel I should bank the cord blood since I aml having 3 young kids and it might be of great help in case the unexpected happend....
What is your views?
I signed up with Cordlife coz they had a booth @ Thomson Medical Center. Stemcord is yearly deduction. Cordlife you have a choice between annual, 10 or 21 yrs plan. Cordlife is also the only one between the two to be AABB accredited. Since still have $$ I thought it makes sense to pay off 21yrs & get it over & done with.
I have Thalessemia Beta minor. As precaution I feel it's worth it for me to invest in harvesting cord blood, not just for baby but also for me.
i read one article frm e papers saying that, we shld b encourage to donate 2 e public as what cluelessmummy say...
Mine is stemcord ....I tink the diff of Stemcord & Cordlife is that Cordlife collection is only for one time usage... whereas Stemcord collection for 4 tubes stored at 2 diff places ... becos once withdrawn cannot be "re-use" again.
Thus, that y I opt for Stemcord and it turn out that my decision is good...as my boy blood grp is AB+... which is not common blood grp... and that my 2 cents worth... Hee ...
But chances of using it once is small. Chances of using it twice is near to zero.... let alone 4 times.
I opted for public banking. I believe in karma. :P Besides, if there aren't enough stems cells to be stored, you can opt for it to be used for research.
Last edited by DodoTan; 18-11-2008 at 12:46 PM.
things are hard to say...
now they have further research to heart disease and others,
imagine if your kid have to use the blood for sickness there after like 10 years later we got heart problem, at least we know there is a cure and no need to worry things like how my children goign to survive if i am not around, etc...