July 6, 2018
National Cord Blood Awareness Month is celebrated in the month of July and raises awareness on the importance of stem cells that are contained in cord blood. Blood from your baby’s umbilical cord, taken just after birth, holds some lifesaving and unique cells known as “stem cells,” which have an incredible power to cure or heal a disease.
Shortly after a baby is born, and the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, the blood left in the umbilical cord can be collected and the stem cells extracted and stored for potential use. There are three sources of stem cells and these are bone marrow, peripheral blood and cord blood. Cord blood is one of the sources that are the most underutilized because of lack of awareness.
Today, there are nearly 80 conditions that can be treated with cord blood. These conditions include lymphomas, leukemia, varied types of cancers, osteoporosis, anemias, regeneration of tissues and other immune and blood disorders. Cord blood has also been used in experimental treatments for patients with cerebral palsy and Type 1 diabetes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 4 million births that occur annually and 90% of the stem cells that are contained in the cord blood are treated as medical wastes and are discarded. The stem cells that are contained in cord blood are important as they can be used in treatment of illnesses. Educating expectant mothers on the value of cord blood will help to save the precious commodity and prevent it from being thrown away as a medical waste.
Many gynecologists encourage expectant moms to learn more about this simple, risk-free process that could save your baby’s life or the life of someone else someday.
Cord Blood Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness on the importance of stem cells that are contained in cord blood. Let friends and family members who are expecting know about the importance of discussing with their doctor to either donate or save their babies cord blood. By donating your baby’s cord blood, you give others hope for a brighter future.