The National Health Information Center has designated July as National Cord Blood Awareness Month. The mission is to encourage both the medical community as well as the public, especially expectant parents, to learn about the Importance of cord blood banking.
What is cord blood?
The term "cord blood" is used to describe the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and the placenta after the birth of a baby. Up until recently this afterbirth was discarded as medical waste. 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 in a future medical application. Cord blood stem cells have incredible and immediate live-saving potential through treatments, parents can save them for their own family or donate them to help others.
To date, adult stem cells, like those in umbilical cord blood, are the only stem cells to have ever produced medical treatments. Cord blood cells are used in the treatment of diseases, including a wide range ofcancers, genetic diseases, and blood disorders. In a cord blood transplant, stem cells are infused in to a patient’s bloodstream where they go to work healing and repairing damaged cells and tissue.When a transplant is successful, a healthy new immune system has been created.
A different way to help someone in need is to register as a bone marrow donor.We encourage you to learn more about cord blood research and the importance of participating in clinical trials to advance scientific knowledge and improve the treatment of disease