Giving the Gift of Life
Where can I donate cord blood? The newborn babys umbilical and placenta blood is generally discarded after birth. This fluid can be used to the save the life of someone else, or create a better standard of living for another. It can be used as a treatment for some forms of cancer and metabolic disorders, along with sickle cell anemia and other inherited disorders, and immune deficiency diseases.
Where Can I Find A Cord Blood Bank?
It can be hard to find umbilical cord blood banks in many areas. You best bet is to work with your doctor and let them know well in advance of your wishes to make this life saving donation. There are both private and public banks out there. The cells can be stored and remain viable for quite some time, so its not something that will go bad if not immediately taken care of. At the time of this writing, there were only about 200 such banks in the US. This makes it hard to find a place to give, unless you live in a large metropolitan area. Still, it can be done.
If you want to find the private and nonprofit public banks on your own, try searching for them by including the name of major cities in your area. Most people, even those in rural areas, live within an hour or so of major cities that could have donation centers for cord blood. You can search for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) to see if they are located near you as well.
Why I Should Donate?
The reasons you should give cord blood are obvious. Like organ donation, you will help to save lives and create a better standard of life for someone else. Since the fluids and cells will do your newborn baby no good, imagine how fulfilling it would be to know your child saved the life of another child or adult. Wouldnt you want your child to have access to it if he or she needed it?
Will I Make Money?
At the time of this article, no you will not. Like organs, you are doing so out of the kindness of your heart. Since the umbilical and placenta fluids are not used, theres really no reason not to at least explore the possibility.
Should I Use a Public Cord Blood Bank?
Its really up to you. Youll find nonprofit options this way. With private banks, you could be dealing with medical companies that are working for a profit. Either way, the fluids will be put to good use.
Now that you know a little more about it, go out and find where you can donate cord blood in your area.