Friday, February 25, 2011

How to Donate Umbilical Cord Blood

How to Donate Umbilical Cord Blood

How to Donate Umbilical Cord Blood
Umbilical cord blood is stem-cell rich. If you are pregnant, you may be considering banking your baby's cord blood for possible future use if a medical need arises. Private banking is expensive. Another option is to donate your cord blood. It is easy . . . if you can find a place to accept your donation.
Difficulty: Moderate
Think about umbilical cord donation early. Research your options and get paperwork completed before it is too late. You want to decide if you are going to bank your own blood or donate by your second trimester if possible.
If you want to bank your own cord blood, research different companies online and see which operate in your area.
If you wish to donate your baby's cord blood, you must register with a collection program before the third trimester and you must pass a health history screening.
Research to see if there is a collection program accepting donations near you by using the link below under "Resources." Not all areas have collection programs as collecting and storing cord blood is expensive. There is no cost to donors, so the program must absorb the costs. If a program near you is not accepting donations when you first check, check again later.
Most donation programs are affiliated with specific birthing centers. There are fewer than 200 collection centers in the US, mostly at large hospitals. There are also some banks which accept a limited number of mail-in donations.
If you find a program near you or one that accepts mail-in donations, then contact the program to ask for the necessary paperwork.
Fill in the paperwork. You will be asked about medical history, such as cancer in the family. This is to ensure that any cord blood accepted is safe. Some paperwork may require a doctor's signature, so that is why you should get started early.
Send in paperwork. Make sure your doctor knows you plan to donate the cord blood. Make sure the doctor has any necessary paperwork he or she must have and that the doctor knows the collection procedure.
When the time comes to give birth, your doctor will collect the cord blood. The blood will then be picked up by the collection program or by a mail carrier for fast delivery.
You can read about my experience donating my daughter's umbilical cord blood at (see the link below).
Thank you for considering donating. I donated because a friend of mine told me about this option after her son was treated for leukemia with donated cord blood. It saved his life.

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Donating umbilical cord blood to a blood bank

Donating umbilical cord blood of your baby can become a lifeline to another person with certain deadly diseases. Umbilical cord bloodis stem-cell rich and can be used in the treatment with certain deadly blood-borne diseases like leukemia,sickle cell anaemia etc.You can even store the blood cells in a private blood bank for your future use. However storing in a private blood bank can be quite expensive.

Umbilical cord blood contains all the basic elements of blood such as red blood cells, white blood cells ,blood platelets and plasma. On an average, 180 ml of blood can be obtained from the placenta at the time of delivery.

Is it safe for the newborn child to donate umbilical cord blood ?

It is absolutely safe to donate cord blood. The cord blood is collected from the umbilical cordafter your baby is born and there is no surgery involved in the process. Donation does not interfere with the normal delivery process and it is painless for the child. Besides the donating family doesn't have to bear any cost and the information regarding the donating family will be kept confidential by the blood bank.

Donating Umbilical Cord Blood

You will have to register with a public blood bank during your pregnancy.There are more than 200 public blood banks across the US which collect umbilical cord blood. You can register in any blood bank during the 6th month of your pregnancy. The blood bank will conduct a blood test to detect if you have any infectious disease. If the result is negative for such diseases you will receive a consent letter From the blood bank. You need to inform your doctor about this and at the time of childbirth, your doctor will collect the cord blood. The blood will then be picked up by the collection program of the blood bank.

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