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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Getting to Know the Cord Blood Registry

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Dad Central for the Cord Blood Registry. I received promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Cord Blood Registry Logo
Are you prego and due soon? Have you considered saving your baby's cord blood for possible future usages? Most expectant parents are unaware that cord blood may have the potential for treatments and medical applications never before imagined. In fact, research indicates that 94% of expectant parents have an awareness of newborn stem cells; however, only 33% comprehend that stem cells derived from a newborn’s umbilical cord blood are increasingly being used in regenerative and transplant medicine to improve and save lives. 

Stem cells contained in a newborn's umbilical cord blood possess unique characteristics that distinguish them from other types of stem cells found in the body. Cord blood is rich in potentially life-saving blood and immune cells termed hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). HSCs obtained from cord blood offer advantages compared to adult stem cells derived from other sources like bone marrow or peripheral blood. In addition, cord blood is readily available and can be collected easily without risk to the mother or newborn, regardless of vaginal birth or C-section section. 
Anyone who visits the Cord Blood Registry from now until February March 24 and completes an information request will receive a $200 discount on banking a newborn’s umbilical cord blood with Cord Blood Registry.

Read the Heaing Loss Infographic
Please read on and click here to learn more about the advancements in cord blood stem cell research for a child with a hearing loss.

Each state seems to have their own legislation governing the collection of cord blood. In Massachusetts Chapter 111L: Section 5 of the General Laws of the state define that.

Chapter 111L: Section 5. Bank for umbilical cord blood and placental tissue; donations; 
exceptions for religious beliefs; agreements with research institutions; educational program

Check  your own state's laws if you're from a different state. []


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