By heresmybellybotton - 18/07/2009 00:12 - United States
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Um the parents don't keep the umbilical cord for stem cells. If they want to keep the stem cells they pick a cord-blood bank before the baby is born and order a kit to collect the cord-blood. A doctor collects the cord-blood after the baby is born and normally before the placenta comes out with a syringe. They then send the blood to the blood bank where it is frozen until needed. I do think that it's disgusting that the parents kept that BLEH! I mean when my nephews were born theirs just like fell off sometime and that was the end of it. That's gross to keep.
Actually yeah you're right, the parents who wind up keeping it do it more for sentimental reasons. Sorry, I'm going on VERY little sleep here. But yeah I dunno, I'm all for sentiment but again, if you're keeping something for sentimental value, WHY let a little kid hang on to it?! And if the kid just got hold of the "memory box" the parents were keeping...fail on the parents' part. I wasn't allowed anywhere near my parents' keepsakes from my childhood when I was little. Because little kids break things lol
I know a family with four kids and all four kids' umbilical cords are in ziplocs in their freezer in case they ever need a stem cell transplant. I mean, if it was my kid, I'd put it in a stem cell/blood bank for safe-keeping; not the place where I also keep my frozen vegetables and chicken fingers...
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thats distucting... hahah you shoud fry it in fondue
What a precious childhood memory. Every kid should keep one of those, mine is under my pillow along with my tonsils, wisdom teeth and my first crap.