Your baby's umbilical cord blood, which is usually discarded, could save a life. And now, it's easier than ever for expectant parents in Atlanta to donate.
Donating your baby's umbilical cord blood to a public cord blood bank makes it available on the Be The Match Registry® . This gives patients with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia hope for a cure.
It's safe: Cord blood donation is completely safe for you and your baby. Your labor and delivery are not affected.
It's free: There is no cost to donate cord blood to a public cord blood bank.
Your heritage matters: Many patients in diverse communities have difficulty finding a marrow match. A cord blood transplant may offer these patients their best hope for a cure.
Talk to your doctor about donating your baby's umbilical cord blood or learn more at BeTheMatch.org/cord
One mom's story about her cord blood donation.
Cord blood is something that's already there for the taking," says Angela. "Why wouldn't I donate it?"
Angela, an Ohio mother, knew only a little about umbilical cord blood donation when she was pregnant for the first time. "My doctor brought it up," she says, "but public cord blood donation wasn't widely available then."
Within a few years, that had changed in her area. When she was pregnant again, Angela talked with her doctor, who fully supported her decision to donate her baby's cord blood to a public cord blood bank.
At the hospital, Angela says the focus was entirely on her and her baby. "After delivery, I remember holding my son while the doctor collected the cord blood. It happened during that quiet time right after they hand you your new baby. My husband and I had this time of joy, and the doctor and nurses just did what they needed to do. Cord blood donation didn't have any impact on our birth experience."
Angela says more awareness and discussion about donating cord blood is important. "Several of my girlfriends are having children and I tell them, 'I did it. It's easy.' It takes so little effort, but it can mean the world to someone else."