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Old 11-26-2012, 12:02 AM   #1
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Cord blood donation?

With my first pregnancy I had been hoping to donate the cord blood, but ended up not doing it for 2 reasons. One was because I had already done my blood test. I HATE needles and only consent to one draw the entire pregnancy - and one thing they required hadn't been drawn (hep c?? I don't remember). So I wasn't willing to go through a blood test just for that. And the other reason was that we delay clamping the cord and I read that the amount they'd be able to collect would likely be thrown out anyways for being too small.

So now this time around I'm wondering if I get the necessary tests during my draw if it's worth donating cord blood? We will delay the cord clamp. Is it possible to still donate? Do they really discard it if the quantity is too low?

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Old 11-26-2012, 09:01 AM   #2
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I have heard that, too, about delaying clamping, but I'd just ask the organization you would donate with. We didn't do it because my hospital did not "allow" it or have a participating program. I didnt feel up to hoop jumping. But thanks for the reminder! Gonna see if my new hospital allows it.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:08 AM   #3
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Re: Cord blood donation?

If you google "donating cord blood to a public bank", I'm sure one of the public banks can answer your questions. The public banks are desperate for cord blood so I have a hard time seeing them waste it if that's not necessary.

I had planned to donate my lo's cord blood and I remember that I was able to find online a list of the hospitals that offered public donation services. Sorry I don't have the link for that anymore. Unfortunately for us, my lo had complications w/ delivery and his cord blood was not viable.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:41 PM   #4
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Re: Cord blood donation?

Ask your doctor or the hospital where you will deliver. My doctor's office asked right away if I wanted info, then gave me the contact information for the hospital's program. I'm really excited to be able to donate this time since the last hospital didn't allow it.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:29 PM   #5
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I did a little googling to see if my new hospital has a program in place. According to marrow.org if the cord doesnt have enough blood they use it for research instead. So I would definitely still look into it!
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