1       Be A Cord-Blood                                                                                    CORD-BLOOD STEM...
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A brochure providing research information about donating/storing umbilical cords so that the stem cells within can be used in later years to fight and treat many health conditions and diseases.

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Umbilical cord stem cell donation

  1. 1. 1 Be A Cord-Blood CORD-BLOOD STEM Donor For CELLS AND DISEASES More Information“Storing your baby’s life-saving cord-blood stemcells provides you with peace of mind and a  Cord Blood Registrypowerful medical resource used to treat many Mail to: Cord Blood registrysevere illnesses for your child and your loved 1200 Bayhill Drive, Suite 301ones,” from the Cord-Blood Registry. San Bruno, CA. 94066 Phone: 1-888-932-6568Umbilical Cord-Blood Stem Cells – these cells, International callers: (650) 635-1420collected from the umbilical cord when a child is Monday-Friday (6 a.m. – 9 p.m. PST)born, can generate all of the blood cells in the Saturday (7 a.m. – 4 p.m. PST)body. We can now use this kind of blood to treat A 24 hour emergency hotline is available forpeople who need chemotherapy to kill their bone clients. Photomarrow due to, but not limited to, diseases like Fax: 1-800-844-2202 1 provided by Cord-Blood Registrycancer and leukemia. Online: http://www.cordblood.com/index.asp According to the National Institutes of HealthThese wonderful cells work in similarity to a (NIH), having the ability to study stem cells givesrepair system for the body. Theoretically, they can  National Marrow Donor Program us the capacity to learn how they change into thedivide infinitely to replace other cells in any living Mail to: National Marrow Donor Program magnificent cells that have made us who we are;body; human or animal. A stem cell will divide Suite 500 or the diseased cells which create medicaland then either remain a stem cell, or take identity 3001 Broadway Street Northeast conditions (i.e. cancer, birth defects) that appearof another specialized cell (i.e. muscle cell). Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753 during the time these cells are developed. A better Phone: In the U.S. and Canada call toll free: knowledge of why this happens can help us General Information: 1-800-627-7692 attempt to change the process of damaged cells Office of Patient Advocacy: (888) 999-6743 that cause such diseases and conditions. Outside the United States: Another exciting discovery is the ability to use stem cells and tissues for medical therapies. We General Information: (612) 627-5800 now have the skills and capabilities to replace Office of Patient Advocacy: (612) 627-8140 damaged and diseased organs and tissues with Online: http://www.marrow.org/index.html healthy ones that are donated. The problem we face is not having a supply of donated organs to meet the demands of people needing transplants.  National Institutes of Health Mail to: National Institutes of Health Stem cells give us an ultimatum for treating 9000 Rockville Pike numerable diseases, conditions, and disabilities. Bethesda, MD. 20892 Among the list of diseases are Parkinson’s and Photo 2 provided by the National Institutes of Phone: (301) 496-4000 Alzheimer’s. Other conditions include spinal cord Health (NIH) TTY (301) 402-9612 injury, heart disease, and diabetes. Online: http://stemcells.nih.gov/
  2. 2. 2 Facts and Info How to Donate Cord-Blood Donation If you are 18 years of age (16 in some states), in & Private Storage fairly good health, and reside in a community where cord-blood donation is available, you may be able to donate your baby’s cord-blood; or you Cord-Blood Donation – may look for participating hospitals near you. when you donate your Cord-blood donation is still in its experimental baby’s umbilical cord- stages and growing rapidly. Because of this, not blood: all hospitals are prepared to receive a donation at this time. 1) It’s made available to By approximately your 34th week of pregnancy, any patient contact a cord-blood bank. The blood bank will who needs a Photo 3 provided by Cord-Blood Registry transplant. ask you to: 1) Fill out a consent form agreeing to 2) If it doesn’t meet the criteria forThere are two options for saving the baby’s cord- transplant, the baby’s cord-blood isblood: donate your baby’s cord-blood. 2) Fill out a health history form to then used for research to find new 1) Family Bank – which saves the cord- ways in which the blood can be used blood only for your baby and family confirm you meet health eligibility guidelines. to help people. to use. 3) It’s not reserved only for the use of 3) Give a small blood sample for 2) Public Bank – which saves the infectious disease testing. your family and your child. baby’s cord-blood for public use (non-related individuals). These steps are usually completed before the birth Cord-blood donation is free! All expenses for the of the baby. When the baby is born, the umbilical collecting, processing, and storing of the baby’sThere are many reasons why a family may wish to cord-blood is collected, processed and stored for cord-blood is covered by the Cord-blood Bank.save their baby’s cord-blood. If you are thinking future use.of adopting a newborn, saving the baby’s cord- Cord-Blood Private Storage – Private cord-blood is the child’s only genetic link to help fight banks will store your baby’s umbilical cord-bloodany diseases that may develop from the family only for your family’s own use. When a motherhistory. Another good reason would be for chooses to store her baby’s cord-blood only forcouples who conceive through In-Vitro the use of her baby and family, then the Cord-Fertilization. In this case, the cord-blood may be Blood Bank may charge you the fees forthe couple’s only chance for having genetic stem collecting, processing, and storing the cord-blood.cells to help that child with any future treatments.A third reason is that collecting the baby’s cord- Before donating your baby’s cord-blood, makeblood is vitally important to a family with a sure you understand the difference between thesehistory of life-threatening diseases. The stem cells two options that you have.collected gives them a way to fight back if thechild develops any of the diseases that have been *Photo 5 provided by Cord-Blood Registry;handed down genetically. Information provided by the National Marrow Photo 4 provided by Sherri Gonyea; Info by Donor Program (NMDP). NMDP