At my last doctor's appointment, my OB brought up the topic of cord blood banking and sent me home with some literature from Lifeline Cryogenics in Stamford. If we decide on cord blood banking, Lifeline Cryogenics is where my future daughter's cord blood would reside until (God forbid) she or someone in our family needs it to treat anything from leukemia to cerebral palsy. Just typing that gives me goosebumps. Who wants to think of nightmares like that? The doctor and the literature did a great job of convincing me that cord blood banking is the wise thing to do. It's pricey, but not astronomical (approximately $1,500 initially then $100 per year after the initial cost), so I was really considering it.
Then I asked our current pediatrician about it and she claims it's a waste of money and that cord blood is rarely used or necessary. I'm torn.
How about you? Did you choose to bank your child's cord blood? Do you know anyone who has ever used the banked blood? Do you have any experience with Lifeline Cryogenics in Stamford?
I plan to attend the next open house there (see details above) and I'll report back with what I learn, but I think it would be great to get your thoughts too. Is this whole cord blood thing really a lifesaver or just a moneymaking scare tactic?