It is your choice to donate or bank your baby's cord blood. Just like every other decision about the birth of your baby, you should ask for good information and a chance to have your questions answered. This brochure is intended to give you some information to make that decision. Feel free to discuss your options with your healthcare provider.
Cord blood is the blood that is in the cord and placenta after a baby is born.
Cord blood contains special cells, called umbilical cord stem cells, that may help treat numerous kinds of serious diseases like sickle cell and blood cancers. These cells can also be used for research testing to determine if the cells can help with problems like brain damage, diabetes, and heart disease.
After a baby is born and the cord is cut, a specially trained person or health care provider collects the blood from the cord and placenta. The birth of the baby is not interrupted or changed in any way. The process does not harm the baby or mother in any way.
There are no risks to the mother or baby to collect cord blood. The cord blood is collected after the baby is born and the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, so neither the mother nor the baby feel any pain. Neither mother nor baby is harmed.
There are some health requirements for donation. Please talk with your healthcare provider to determine if you are able to donate.
You have server al options regarding your baby's cord blood. You may:
This brochure was developed using information from the sites listed in the "Additional Resources" section.
If you think you'd like to store or donate your baby's cord blood, talk with your healthcare provider or call your local hospital before your third trimester or pregnancy to see what is available in your area.
Carolina Cord Blood Bank
If you do not deliver your baby at one of the NC hospitals listed above, you may call 919-668-1116 to obtain information about donating your baby's cord blood through the kit collection program at the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University.
Cord Blood Registry (CBR)
North Carolina Division of Public Health
National Marrow Donor Program
(Click "Donate Cord Blood")
State of North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
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