If you are pregnant, have you considered yet what you plan to do with your baby’s umbilical cord after birth?
Researchers are able to do more and more with the information they’re discovering from umbilical cord blood. It contains the stem cells that can be used by patients needing marrow transplants for treating leukemia and other serious diseases.
You can choose to have your cord blood banked or donated. Considering it would otherwise just be tossed into the trash, it’s worth considering.
If you decide to donate yours, you should look into LifeCord as an option. LifeCord is a public non-profit cord blood bank licensed by the FDA under LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. The company is located in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
LifeCord is only the fifth public cord blood bank in the country to receive its FDA license, and the first in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, where it currently operates.
As a public cord blood bank, there is no charge for donating cord blood to LifeCord. The process of collecting the blood is completely painless to the mother and the baby and does not interfere with the labor or delivery process in any way. The collection is done AFTER the birth of the baby and truly takes seconds.
You can find out more by visiting www.lifesouthcord.org or calling 888-795-2707.
They also will be at the Atlanta Baby and Child Expo and you can find out more by visiting the LifeCord booth there. Find out more about that by clicking here.