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Viagrafalls Wed 01-Jun-11 11:47:35

Does anyone know if this is possible? I'm 6 months into a healthy pregnancy and would like to know if anyone has any experience of stem cell research and if its possible for me to donate my placenta after I've given birth. Thanks in advance.

Coppernoddle Wed 01-Jun-11 18:22:53

Very interesting question!! Have no experience of this but would love to hear what people say!!

DizzyKipper Wed 01-Jun-11 18:28:05

www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/cancer/202917.html

Coppernoddle Wed 01-Jun-11 18:32:01

Ar, thanks!! Just hspoke to my husband about it and said, wouldn't you kick yourself if ever god forbid that we needed it and never did it!! You'd do anything for one of your little ones!!

paternal Wed 01-Jun-11 20:02:14

This is really interesting, but I also heard that it's very important that the Dr. Doesn't clamp the umbilical cord until all the blood has transferred from the placenta into the baby, ie. Until it's stopped pulsating as the amount still to be transferred can be quite substantial. The reason is for exactly the same reason why it's beneficial to donate cord blood. So do you give it to science or give it to you're own child? I know it's selfish but I know what I'm going to do.

Coppernoddle Wed 01-Jun-11 20:08:16

Can you do it with c section then?

Coppernoddle Wed 01-Jun-11 20:11:14

Paternal I have ultimate pregnancy brain! I walked out of the house with the dishcloth today and bought the wrong sized mattress 3 times!!
I don't understand you! Sorry, please elaborate as am very intrigued!

Coppernoddle Wed 01-Jun-11 20:13:25

Me, I would keep it but it costs £15995!!!! And it may not match my other two children too! Would I pay that money? Not sure! If it matched all three, yes I would!

Graciescotland Wed 01-Jun-11 20:43:01

I donated mines but I was part of a clinical research group during pregnancy ( extra scans smile ) it might be worth asking your midwife if there's anything like that going on in your area

paternal Wed 01-Jun-11 21:26:52

Hey,

Sorry a bit heavy but it relates to DCC (delayed cord clamping) this is the results of a WHO study. It shows that there really isn't that much difference apart from a dramatic increase of haemoglobin levels in new borns.


The review includes 11 trials, involving 2989 mothers and their babies. Five of these trials (involving 2236 women and infants) had investigated differences between early and late cord clamping and cutting in terms of risk of postpartum haemorrhage. There was no significant differences between the two groups in these trials. Only two trials had measured other maternal outcomes, such as risk of blood transfusion, manual removal of placenta, or duration of the third stage of labour. No differences between the two groups were found for those outcomes. For the baby, there was a significant increase in newborn haemoglobin levels (weighted mean difference 2.17 g/dL; 95% CI 0.28–4.06) in the late cord clamping and cutting group compared with early cord clamping and cutting group (three trials, 671 mother–baby pairs), although this effect did not persist past 6 months. Infant ferritin levels remained higher in the late clamping and cutting group than the early clamping and cutting group at six months. No significant differences were found in other neonatal outcomes such as Apgar score less than seven at 5 minutes (two trials, 1342 neonates), admission to special care baby nursery or neonatal intensive care unit (three trials, 1293 infants), respiratory distress (four trials, 1387 infants), polycythaemia (three trials, 463 infants), or clinical jaundice (five trials, 1828 infants). In spite of the latter, however, significantly more infants (relative risk 0.59; 95% CI 0.38–0.92) in the late cord clamping and cutting group required phototherapy for jaundice than in the early cord clamping and cutting group (five trials, 1762 infants). These results were influenced by a large unpublished trial (Mc Donald 1996, PhD thesis) in which late cord clamping and cutting was done when cord pulsation had ceased or at 5 minutes if cord pulsation had not ceased.

Coppernoddle Thu 02-Jun-11 08:17:59

That's very useful to know paternal! Don't think I would want to put my little one through that!

Viagrafalls Thu 02-Jun-11 21:29:43

Ooh! Sorry, I thought no-one was going to answer on this, I checked after a few hours and gave up - that'll teach me to doubt Mumsnetters! blush

Viagrafalls Thu 02-Jun-11 21:32:38

right, thanks for your answers. unfortunately I'm on the south coast so not near the two hospitals mentioned in dizzykippers link but I will definitely ask my midwife.

DizzyKipper Fri 03-Jun-11 07:01:32

There's also this site about cord blood donation www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/cordblood/ with a hospital in London if that were any closer to you.

Viagrafalls Fri 03-Jun-11 18:09:52

Oh, this is so frustrating, I am 2 hours away from London by train, i don't think its going to be possible, I'm going to ask my MW.
Thanks everyone.

EauRouge Fri 03-Jun-11 19:18:25

I donated mine when DD1 was born at Addenbrookes. It was for research into stem cells IIRC, it was nearly 3 years ago though and I was a bit loopy on G&A- I kept asking if they were going to clone me blush grin

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