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Why we donated to a public cord bank
By cairjersey on Mar 08, 2014 07:55 AM
Why we donated http://www.officialindianapacers.com/WOMENS-GEORGE-HILL-JERSEY.html to a public cord bank
When BabyCenter asked me to write about my family's decision to bank our daughter's cord blood, I vaguely remembered a discussion with my wife in which I made a joke about eBay that was not well received before eventually agreeing to her recommendation. That recommendation, as it turns out, was to donate our daughter's cord to a public cord bank where it would be processed, stripped of any identifying factors to our family and (potentially) put to use treating a complete stranger's life threatening illness.
Based on that blind agreement with my wife to donate the cord, it may seem as if I was one of those uninvolved, "I'm just here to make the baby, not learn about lady parts" fathers who takes a back seat during pregnancy and delivery, only to reappear nine months later when the child rearing starts. Sort of like how I imagine Clark Kent would handle it when he finally got Lois Lane pregnant.
But I'd like to say that for men, pregnancy is nine month tight rope walk in which we toe the lines of being helpful or overbearing, concerned or controlling, and strong or pushy. Sure, I had opinions on most of the hot button pregnancy issues breastfeeding, alcohol, caffeine, whether to let the fetus listen to Miley Cyrus (never) but my wife and I were on the same page for most of it. If there was something we didn't see eye Kids Lance Stephenson Jersey to eye on, which was rare, I usually yielded to her since, after all, she was one the one literally carrying the load. Donating the cord instead of paying to keep it for ourselves (or chucking it into the garbageI'm not sure what the alternative was) just seemed like the right thing to do, and since it was technically part of my wife's body, I let her have the final say.
When delivery day finally came, I remember someone in the hospital speaking to us briefly about cord banking. We signed the form, giving whoever wanted it permission to take the cord after our daughter was born. It was an afterthought at that point and we really couldn't be bothered by it, what with the tiny person forcing her way out of my wife's womb and all. Neither of us gave it any thought until recently when I started writing this.
Ironically, I learned more about cord banking in researching this blog than I did before the delivery. It turns out that because it costs so much to store cord blood and public banks do not charge to do so, more than 50 percent of public cord bank donations are discarded as medical waste. Still, had we known that beforehand we still would have made the same decision. There was no way we could afford to privately bank our daughter's cord anyway, so even if there were a 99 percent chance it would be tossed, the Kids George Hill Jersey one percent likelihood that it would help someone was enough for us.
Looking back, I wish I would have learned more about cord banking before we made the decision, but it still seems like a minor blip on the radar in the scope of everything a first time couple goes through during pregnancy. I think we put more thought into what color sheets to buy for the crib and what stuffed animal would become her lovie (bear won over Ninja Turtle in yet another pregnancy aided victory for my wife). I don't know if our donation will ever be put to use, but that's not the point because, honestly, when it came time for me to cut the cord, where it would end up was the last thing on my mind.
First of all, I followig you from Portugal and I really like it.
So now to the public vs private bank. did you know that the probability of beeing able to use your own cord to help you in a urgent situation is found to be very small, it more often that you would need other doner material.
So the options are:keeping your cord in a private bank where it is http://www.officialindianapacers.com/WOMENS-LANCE-STEPHENSON-JERSEY.html good for 20 years, no one else can use it, and then it waste vs give it to a public bank where it can be use for someone else, and, here in Portugal, can be used for investigation.
I think the second option is the best
I, too, wanted to go the route of public donation it is a challenge! My first was born in Reno, and there were no hospitals that participated in public donation. We moved to Phoenix before I got pregnant the 2nd time and was optimistic that I could donate here, with it being a bigger city and teaching hospital. I come to find that there is a lot of restrictions, hoops and forms. The main points I took away were that a huge health history form need to be completed by a certain week of pregnancy, and the baby had to be in a range of gestational ages at birth to qualify. The last one was a doctor who was trained and willing. I didn get around to finishing the form. My third (most recent) pregnancy I went into preterm labor at 28 weeks that disqualified me. In the end, I was able to donate placenta for a research study (on steroid use for lung development), so I feel !like it didn all go to waste .
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