I know this isn't relevant to many of us because of early deliveries (I've been told it's only possible to bank/donate cord blood past 34 weeks?), but it's something DH & I are researching, and I was wondering if others had done recent research and had reached conclusions they would be willing to share.
I'm also curious in light of some of the challenges that can be faced by preeclampsia survivors (like babies diagnosed with CP) & the sales pitches we're getting from the private banking companies re: future promise of stem cell research in those areas. We are taking the companies' statistics generally with a grain of salt (I think I've read that the 1 in 217 number applies to the chances of using stem cells from *any* source, not just cord blood, by the age of 70?).
It sounds like for most people (if I'm interpreting all this correctly!!), the chances of finding a match could actually be higher through a using public bank than using own or sibling's cord blood, which would make us want to donate as opposed to private bank (that, and huge cost difference!). However, we have another factor (mixed ethnicity) that sounds like it might decrease chances of finding a public bank match.
I'd be grateful for any thoughts & info. My OB's office (who I realize receives compensation for the cord blood collections) is strongly in favor of cord blood banking, but our pediatrician thinks the cost outweighs the small chance of benefit for families without a known condition they're hoping to treat.
I'm especially interested to know if/how preeclampsia played a role in your research & decisions (maybe there's factors DH & I aren't aware of & haven't yet considered?).
Thanks in advance for any replies :)