My partner and I are trying to decide on whether to bank our son's cord blood. I have mixed signals regarding this. Part of me says it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure him some health protection for the future. The other part of me is skeptical and paranoid about the whole thing. Neither myself or my partner have sickle cell, but I do have a cousin that carries it, and stem cells are supposed to be able to address this disease. I don't want to let a golden opportunity pass by because of being suspect, and hyper-vigilant; but I don't want to just buy into another medical hype. I was watching Oprah and saw a young African male in college studying stem cell research and his excitement and his participation had me hopeful that the interests of our children may also be represented in the developing technology. I think it's so ironic that we can either pay to have it stored, donate it or have it thrown out as "biological waste".