I did not bank my babies' cord blood. This means I am a neglectful mother who might as well be feeding her kids dinosaur-shaped chicken for dinner.
Granted, saving stem cells--in case scientists one day discover how to turn those cells into organs, blood, skin, bone, teeth, muscle and nerves that could help us save our own lives--does seem smart. (Read more on What Are Stem Cells? here.)
But banking cord blood costs roughly the same as a new high def TV. And really, who can live without The Biggest Loser in HD?
I'm not sure if my priorities have changed a lot--my children's lifelong health or Rock of Love?--but at least I have been given a second chance.
A company called StemSave is banking stem cells from children's teeth. When a baby tooth becomes loose, any dentist can collect that tooth and send it into StemSave. We adults can also save our own stem cells if we're willing to lose a chopper over it (or if we get a wisdom tooth removed or something like that).
Again, this is a great idea, and stem cell research is a fascinating field. But StemSave's program starts at around the price of that HDTV.
Honestly, I would love to know my famiy's cells were being preserved for eternity in a far-off lab, but I probably can't swing that price. What do you think? Would you try StemSave?