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  • by djberg96 (2603) on 2002.02.14 15:30 (#4526) Journal
    Can't remember where I read it, but I'm pretty sure they can culture cells from the cord that can be used for that person later in life if needed.

    Maybe this is standard practice now in hospitals.

    Do a google search for more info. I don't remember the details any more - just that it's important.

    • It's not standard practice, and costs thousands of dollars, and most insurances won't cover it. Viacord [] seems to be one of the biggest companies that does it. It can be life-saving, but in most cases it won't be, and the cord blood will either be tossed after 15-20 years, or it can be donated (I don't know if you can get a tax writeoff if you do donate it later ... probably not).

      As to cutting the cord, I've learned long ago to let doctors and nurses know things up front. So before we start anything, I'