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Thanks to SouthernMamas reader and expectant mom Sarah Newman for this one about OB/GYN Associates in Savannah. Sarah’s doctor, Dr. Melissa Cobb, asked Sarah if she was interested in cord blood donation when she went in for her first pregnancy visit.
This is such an important- and often overlooked – question that every pregnant woman should consider. But frequently obstetricians don’t even ask their patients if they want to donate the umbilical cord blood.
Umbilical cord blood contains stem cells that can be used to treat blood cancers, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and about 60 other diseases.
As this ABC News article “Saving Nature’s Miracle Substance” says “As many as 10-thousand Americans each year could benefit from donated cord blood, but there is such a shortage that many while die waiting.”
Still, only a tiny fraction of mothers donate their cord blood. Usually the cord blood is thrown away or, in some cases, parents shell out big bucks to privately store the cord blood it for their child’s possible use later in life. The American Medical Association suggests that is a waste of money.
“The chances that a person would use their own cord blood to help that child are somewhere between one in 20,000, all the way up to one in 200,000,” Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg of Duke University’s Medical School says in the ABC News article.
Learn more about how to donate cord blood by clicking here.
Among the places that offer a public cord blood donation program is Cryobanks International Inc. Cryobanks will send a courier to collect cord blood from hospitals nationwide. FOR FREE! But you have to fill out paper work etc beforehand.
Donated cord blood is registered with the National Marrow Donor Registry, where it potentially can help patients and save lives. Click here for more info.
Meanwhile, kudos to OB/GYN Associates for asking patients about cord blood donation. Here’s the link for contact info to OB/GYN Associates.
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