Making a Donation
If you are interested in donating your child's umbilical cord blood, please call the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank to register. This may be done anytime during pregnancy, but preferably between the 28th and 30th week.
Your donation is important because blood is needed for people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
The St. Louis Cord Blood Bank, in cooperation with community medical professionals and donor families, provides a worldwide resource for recipients in need of stem cell transplants.
Facts about The St. Louis Cord Blood Bank at SSM Cardinal Glennon:
Is one of the largest independent, public cord blood banks in the world; unique to this region.
Has saved more than 1,850 lives since it began operation in 1996.
Has more than 24,000 cord blood units available for transplant.
Shipped its 1,000th unit of cord blood in fall 2010.
Works in collaboration with more than 450 doctors at 29 hospitals throughout Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois as well as Saint Luke's Cord Blood Program in Kansas City, Mo.
Accepts only donations. There is no charge to the donor.
Is made available to anyone needing a stem cell transplant.
Is currently celebrating its 15th Anniversary.
Facts About Cord Blood:
Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born. It is rich in adult stem cells, but if it isn’t donated, it is thrown away.
Cord blood is a source of adult stem cells. It is collected after the baby is born when there is no risk of harm to either the mother or the baby. As a result, there are no ethical issues or controversy connected with the use of these stem cells.
With 4 million births each year in America, it is a renewable source of adult stem cells.
Cord blood is collected, typed, processed and stored, so it is quickly accessible and less expensive.
Because the placenta prevents viruses from going from the mother to the baby, there is less risk of viral contamination than other stem cell sources.
Cord blood stem cells are used to treat malignant diseases like leukemia and lymphoma, congenital disorders like Fanconi's anemia, Wiskott Aldrich syndrome and Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, and non-malignant diseases such as Severe Aplastic Anemia, thalassemia and sickle cell anemia.
By using two matching units, transplanters are now treating adults as successfully as children.
Cord blood stem cells do not require an exact match in order to function effectively.
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