Your baby can save lives just minutes after being born with cord blood! Cord blood is the blood that is left in the baby’s placenta and umbilical cord after birth and is chock-full of unique skin cells that can treat many diseases. What makes these cells so special is their ability to morph and grow into different types of blood cells that can have a hand in treating serious conditions like leukemia, genetic disorders, and even some forms of cancer.
Cord blood stem cells are easy to collect and can be given to more people when compared to a typical bone marrow donation. The umbilical blood can even be stored safely for future use in cord blood banks. There are two different types of these banks: public and private cord blood banks.
Donating cord blood to a public bank increases their supply and the likelihood of helping others find a potential match.