Do you have the latest cord blood facts?
Cord blood is the blood left in the umbilical cord and placenta following the birth of a child. Here are a few cord blood facts that maybe you didn’t know:
- Cord blood is a potent and noncontroversial source of stem cells.
- Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat and cure more than 80 life-threatening illnesses, including many cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders.
- Just as important, neither the mother nor child is harmed in the collection of cord blood. The collection does not interfere with the birthing process.
Cord blood is quickly becoming the favored source of stem cells used in transplant therapy. It has many distinct advantages. Cord blood is easy to collect, store and access quickly for a transplant. Unfortunately, cord blood facts are not always easy to find or understand and the media does not help by presenting confusing terms.
Unlike embryonic stem cells, cord blood is not controversial or unethical in any way. Cord blood has no political or religious issues.
Save the Cord Foundation understands that many pregnant women have questions about cord blood and the collection process. Please visit our FAQ or read stories shared by families who have gone through the process.
More information about cord blood is also available at:
- BetheMatch.org (NMDP/National Marrow Donor Program)
- AABB (American Association of Blood Banks — now an international group)
- FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapies)
It is important to note when conducting further research regarding cord blood that many “informational” cord blood sites appear to be unbiased, but are actually owned by various for-profit, private cord blood banks. Be sure to thoroughly research the site before considering the information you read.