Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital July 30, 2014
Did you know that babies are born with a precious, potentially lifesaving resource?
By donating your baby’s umbilical cord blood, the same blood that helped sustain your child while in the womb, you are providing something that could save the life of a patient with leukemia, lymphoma, or another type of life-threatening genetic disease. This is because cord blood has an abundance of blood-forming stem cells. These cells can be collected, preserved, and later transplanted to an adult or pediatric patient to help treat their disease. Building a bank of this resource is critical, as 70 percent of patients who need these cells don’t have a family member who is a matching donor.
It’s important to emphasize that cord blood collection is a free, medically safe procedure for both the mother and child, and the procedure doesn’t change the birthing process. The blood is collected from the cord after the baby is born, and no blood is taken from the baby. If the cord blood isn’t collected, this valuable resource is thrown away.
Mothers with a singleton pregnancy (one child) and who have no history of cancer or tuberculosis are eligible to donate their baby’s cord blood through the BWH Cord Blood Donation Program. Talk to your doctor, midwife, or nurse if you’re interested in donating. If you have further questions, please e-mail us at CordDonor@partners.org.
Watch the video below, featuring an enthusiastic donor and a grateful recipient, to learn more about the potential impact of this simple procedure.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute jointly oversee the BWH Cord Blood Donation Program. The Program works with a public bank to store the blood and provide hope to all patients in need of life-saving stem cells.
- Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center Stem Cell Transplantation Program
- Public and Private Cord Blood Banking
- Cord Blood Donation Program Eligibility