NYtimes.com - Weighing Cord Blood Donation Against Private Banks

2013-12-10

Photo credit Cara Paiuk.

Cara Paiuk, regular contributor to the Parent's Guide to Cord Blood, writes in today's issue of the NYTimes Motherlode blog

"With my first pregnancy, I donated my son's cord blood to the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank because its free mail-in kit program enables almost anyone, anywhere to donate. That was three years ago. When I found out I was pregnant last year, I assumed I would donate my child's cord blood again. Once I discovered I was carrying twins, however, I learned that I wasn't eligible to donate. The medical field considered me "of advanced maternal age", which, combined with carrying twins, elevated the risk for premature delivery. In turn, that made my girls 10 times more likely to develop cerebral palsy, for which cord blood therapy is currently in Stage 2 clinical trials. Suddenly, I had to re-evaluate private cord blood banking."

Read her full story on NYTimes Motherlode blog.

Previous articles :

18-Jun-2014 - New Cord Blood Trials at Duke
03-Jun-2014 - Parent's Guide partners with FACT-NetCord
28-May-2014 - Sir Richard Branson's cord blood bank saves boy
30-Apr-2014 - WSJ: Inside the Private Umbilical Cord Blood Banking Business
19-Feb-2014 - Cost of Cord Blood Therapy for Cerebral Palsy
06-Jan-2014 - Jennifer Jones Austin puts focus on cord blood
01-Dec-2013 - Medical Device for Cord Blood Collection
14-Jan-2013 - Dr. Jennifer Arnold endorsement
24-Dec-2012 - Cord Blood for Cerebral Palsy: 1st publication of controlled trial
09-Oct-2012 - After iPS Nobel Prize, who needs cord blood?
17-May-2011 - Meet our Advisory Panel
14-Jul-1998 - Shai's Story

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