The Boston Globe's Beverly Beckham went to the "Ultimate Baby Shower," at the Wellesley Club, and all she got was seriously pissed at how the whole thing was actually a PowerPointy sales pitch by the umbilical cord blood banking company, ViaCord, which is just one more example of a greedy, manipulative Baby Industrial Complex stoking the fears of vulnerable, expectant parents and guilting them into spending $2,195 up front plus $125/year until the leukemia hits to deep-freeze their kid's umbilical cord blood, even though the AAP and researchers say the science and treatments aren't there, and they warn of "unsubstantiated claims" by cord blood banks.
Sounds like someone's pissed she didn't win the Uppa Baby stroller raffle.
Oh wait, what's this? Beckham didn't attend the Ultimate Baby Shower, she just read about it? And the pregnant reporter who did attend made the whole thing sound like it was only about ViaCord, when in fact, they were just one of three 20-minute presentations? [And the organizing sponsors of the event, which they've replicated in other states.] And the other two presenters were a local 3-D/4-D ultrasound technician and the pregnant merchant/blogger from Beantown's own baby gear emporium, Magic Beans? And that the non-alcoholic "mocktails" they served were as fabulous as the dinner, the gift bags and the raffle prizes?
So does this mean that we actually should consider cord blood banks as unbiased sources of advice, or are they still the Fox News of expensive medical procedures?
"It is the responsibility of the company to be fair and balanced," said Jim Corbett , president of ViaCell Inc., which runs ViaCord.Gotcha.