I’m sure you’ve probably seen the ads for banking cord blood in a parenting magazine or two–the fancy schmansy ads that cater to a new mama’s fragile emotional state and fierce desire to protect her newborn.
Cord blood banking is around and exists for parents willing to spend a large chunk of change banking blood in the chance that their little one may face a life-threatening illness some day that can be helped with the stem cells in cord blood.
I think it’s great. Awesome, really. That cord blood is like gold for people who need it.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the money to bank blood for each of my children.
So, I donate it.
We’ve done it with each baby so far, and I just filled out the paperwork to continue my streak for a complete hat trick. It’s just a one-page form that I pop in the mail, and then usually someone will contact me for an over-the-phone screening. After that, a small boxed kit arrives in the mail that I take to the hospital with me. I hand it to the nurse pre-delivery and the doctor fills out the tubes, and then the staff takes care of shipping it out for me. Couldn’t be simpler.
I feel good about donating the blood, because I know either way, it’s helping someone. And I like to think, because stem cells are so specific, that should one of my kids need it someday, maybe there will still be some of their own cord blood floating around out there.
At the hospital, I’ve seen one person so far bank cord blood, but I have yet to see anyone donate it, so I thought I’d put the word about it in case anyone is interested. It’s really an easy thing to do and can actually save lives. I wish we could institute that everyone in L & D gets the chance to donate blood.
Anyways, for all you preggos and preggos-to-be out there, I use the Michigan Blood Bank–click here for the info. There are 20 states that offer cord blood centers, so just do a Google search for your state.
As if we moms don’t have enough to do. Sheesh.