Friday, January 29, 2010

Darnit

We were looking into cord blood donation at the time our babies are born; assuming all goes well with the delivery, the stem-cell-rich blood in the umbilical cord, which is normally thrown away, can be harvested and used in the treatment of bone marrow diseases, multiple myeloma, etc. Seems like kind of a no-brainer. There is a public cord blood bank in town which will collect and bank it for future use by someone who needs it. But it turns out that the current state protocol for harvesting cord blood excludes multiple pregnancies, possibly because of the general chaos in the delivery room when you are giving birth to twins. I suppose it makes sense, but it's disappointing.

Rats.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You may want to check out CordBancUSA.com - they're in Monterey, have the best technology and really reasonable prices. I gave a gift certificate to my daughter and they were really nice and helpful

SEB said...

Thanks, but we really don't want to bank cord blood - we want to give it away. And we don't live in California.