Quick, easy, painless, and saves lives. You would want to know more, right? New mothers have the opportunity to save the life of someone who may need a stem cell transplant by simply donating cord blood, a simple and painless process.
What is cord blood? In the past, a baby’s umbilical cord was disposed of following delivery, but today, blood from the cord can be collected after your child’s birth and donated to a public cord bank. A baby’s umbilical cord contains special cells that can be used in transplants to treat certain types of leukemia and other blood diseases. When stem cells divide, they have the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as muscle cell, oxygen carrying blood cells, or a brain cell; they can even fight disease, repair bone and tissue damage, and stop bleeding.
Who benefits? What are your options? Donating is simple, but receiving can be everything. A happy event for you and your child could become the same for someone in need. The National Marrow Donor Program® estimates that 45,000 to 50,000 stem cell transplants are performed annually worldwide to treat patients with life-threatening diseases. Today, expectant parents may choose from the following options:
Cord blood donation is a simple process with life-changing potential. If you are interested in pursuing cord blood donation or have further questions, please contact your Fort HealthCare provider.