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National Cord Blood Awareness Month

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Did you know that your newborn could save a life?

July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month, which makes this a great time to become familiar with cord blood banking or donation and its benefits.

So what is cord blood? Cord blood is the blood is your baby’s umbilical cord after birth. This blood houses a particular type of stem cells that are younger and more flexible than those found in bone marrow. The stem cells found in cord blood have been used to treat diseases such as leukemia, cancers, blood disorders, immune diseases. Cord blood stem cells are sometimes used in experimental medical procedures to treat brain injuries and cerebral palsy, among others.

Why is banking cord blood important? Having banked cord blood can provide your family with additional medical options when a member is faced with a disease. Using your own family’s cord blood may result in fewer complications during medical treatments or transplants.

Cord Blood Donation Cord Blood is helpful for all types of patients, not just family members. The American Pediatrics Associations encourages parents to donate their newborn’s cord blood to a cord blood bank, where it can be used to save a life. Public cord blood donation banks are specifically looking to increase the ethnic diversity of their banked blood, in order to be a better match for a diverse group of patients.

Start talking with your doctor or midwife about options for your newborn’s cord blood around your 34th week of pregnancy. Your precious newborn may save a life!

Want to know more? Visit www.cordblood.com or  www.marrow.org

May 5, 2014

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