My wife and I are expecting a baby this May. I only recently learned about this, but apparently there is an option to save the cord blood and tissue during the delivery. This seems potentially very useful, so I'm wondering if anyone has done research into this or has found trustworthy, informative resources on this topic.
My current understanding is that this tissue has a lot of stem cells. And the stem cells are useful for all sorts of medical procedures, and are even more likely to be used in the future. But currently we don't have an easy (or cheap?) way to get them.
Broad questions I have:
- How valuable are the stem cells right now and how valuable are they expected to be in the future?
- How hard is it to get stem cells for yourself / your child right now vs in the future?
- Will the collected stem cells be only useful for the baby or the mother too?
- Can we reasonably expect the cryo companies to last long enough and not go under?
- Have you had experience donating it?
- Have you had experience storing it?