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Save a life this summer:
July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month
"Cord blood," also called umbilical cord blood, is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born. Cord blood contains stem cells, which are found in the bone marrow of adults. When someone is suffering from a condition that requires a bone marrow transplant, such as leukemia, cord blood stem cells can often be used in place of donated bone marrow.
Northwest Hospital participates in Puget Sound Blood Center's Cord Blood Program, the first and only program of its kind in the Northwest. Cord blood collection is a completely painless, risk-free procedure that does not interfere with the childbirth process. There is no cost to those who donate.
Stem cells collected through the program are made available to patients around the world. The cells can be used to help patients who have a variety of medical conditions, including:
In addition to donating cord blood to others, Northwest Hospital offers families the option of “banking” cord blood, in case your child or a member of your family needs lifesaving stem cell therapy in the future. The cord blood is stored in a secure blood bank location.
- Bone marrow failure
- Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Immune deficiency disorders
To learn more about cord blood banking, click here or talk to one of Northwest Hospital’s obstetricians.