Here are two interesting comments on my post asking for opinions on Cord blood stem cells.
Congratulations on your pregnancy.
I am a midwife and just wanted to let you know that our union have advised us against taking cord blood to be stored for women that we look after. There are several reasons but it is mostly based on the fact that only 10 % of all samples taken contain usable stem cells when they are defrosted! There have also been cases when midwives have been sued by parents because the samples have not been taken correctly (we do have alot on our minds at tha time)
In the unit where I work we do not take them at all though I know at some places it is left up to the midwife to decide. That doesn’t stop a partner taking the sample if they want to.
All this doesn’t mean I think it is a completly bad idea. I think if I knew that my LO would have had an unusal blood group (both DH an I are the same so we know what Ben is) I might have considered it a bit more.
On another note I am sorry to hear about your loss. I think there are a couple of ladies on here who have had late mc. in the past. so hopefully they will reply to you at some point.
HTH Jane and Ben x
I didn’t bother doing it and it wasn’t the cost that deterred me. From having done quite a bit of research into it with scientific journals, I decided that it wasn’t worth doing – there are so many ifs and buts at the moment.
Science IS making huge progress and I don’t think that you will necessarily have to have your cord blood stored in order to take advantage of it. Most people don’t have their blood stored and research is geared as much towards helping these people as those that do have them stored.
However, if it would put your mind at rest to have it done and you can afford it easily then you could go ahead with it anyway.