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Can I Earn Money By Donating Umbilical Cord Blood?

Cord blood banking is an excellent way to save the blood from the umbilical cord to save lives. It is not a way to make money. It is just like giving blood to the Red Cross to help save lives. You do it to help others not to make money and profit from others misfortunes. You or one of your children may need the blood one day.

If you choose to donate umbilical cord blood, your labor and delivery are not affected. No blood is taken from your baby, only from the umbilical cord itself after your baby is born. Get a step-by-step overview of the donation process, including your role, how cord blood is collected in the hospital and what happens at the public cord blood bank.

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Your Heritage and Cord Blood

A successful transplant requires that the patient and the donor have matching HLA types. HLA types are inherited, half from your mother and half from your father. The probability that two siblings will have a perfect 6/6 match desired for a bone marrow transplant is 25%, whereas the probability that they will have the 4/6 match required for a cord blood transplant is 39%.
Given that HLA types are inherited, you certainly expect that your relatives will match you more closely than a stranger.
In fact, HLA typing tends to run in ethnic groups, so that patients are more likely to find a match among donors of the same ethnic background.

Africans have more genetic diversity than any other ethnic group. The NMDP estimates that even if the number of African-Americans in the United States who registered as adult donors were doubled or tripled, they still could not match all the African-American patients. Another group which is not well represented in the registry of adult donors is multi-racial Americans, most of whom are not yet adults.

Cord blood holds hope for all patients with hard-to-match HLA types, because cord blood transplants only require a 4/6 match, not a perfect match.

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Boston’s First Cord Blood Bank

The Brigham and Women’s donation center, which opened in late spring, is the first Umbilical Cord Blood Donation Bank in Boston and has so far collected 130 cord-blood donations. UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and Women & Infants Hospital in Providence are the other two hospitals in New England allow mothers to donate cord blood.

Demand for the chance to donate cord blood was increasing among Boston women, said Dr. Robert Barbieri, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s and co-coordinator of the program. Barbieri said he received several calls each month from women asking where they could donate.

“It’s a great way to use a biological resource to give people hope for the future,’’ said Barbieri. “It’s a gift of life.’’

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Cord Blood America Leases LV Building for Stem Cell Laboratory

Cord Blood America, Inc, one of the largest umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation companies focused on bringing the life saving potential of stem cells to families nationwide and internationally, said today it has signed a lease for a 17,000 square foot building in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a state-of-the-art laboratory for the storage of multiple stem cell products including umbilical cord blood stem cells.

“This will be the largest stem cell laboratory and cryogenic storage facility in Nevada and one of the largest in the U.S.,” said Company founder and CEO Matthew Schissler. “The lab will first be used to process and store umbilical cord blood stem cells, with a target date to start processing in the fourth quarter of 2009. In 2010, CBAI intends to expand its cryogenic storage services to other forms of stem cells, including peripheral blood stem cell and adipose tissues.”

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Midland Memorial Hospital Collects Baby’s Umbilical Cord Blood

MIDLAND – Midland Memorial Hospital is now collecting new born baby’s umbilical cord blood.

The Hospital says that umbilical cord blood has a plethora of cells that make blood which can be used to treat such illnesses as leukemia and lymphoma as an alternative to waiting for a bone marrow transplant, which could take years or never come at all.

Midland Memorial Hospital is now the 12th to join the Texas Cord Blood Bank, which collects and stores cord blood.

The great thing about storing blood through the hospital is that its completely free to donate your baby’s stem cells where other storage facilities charge a lot of money to extract and store the cord blood.

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North Carolina Bill Encourages Cord Blood Donation

On Tuesday, in North Carolina, the state House passed a bill to encourage pregnant women to donate umbilical cord blood to help cancer patients. State Representative Margaret Dickson of Fayetteville sponsored the bill, which now moves to the Senate.

If the bill becomes law, the state Department of Health and Human Services would place documents on its Web site that would help a pregnant woman decide whether to donate her baby’s cord blood to a public bank or have it stored in case her child or another family member will need it. The information would be put in a format that can be easily printed and distributed to expectant mothers.

Umbilical cord blood has stem cells, which can be converted to a number of important medical uses. According to representatives from the Cord Blood Bank at Duke University, the cells can be transplanted into the bone marrow of some medical patients, such as cancer patients. The Carolinas Cord Blood Bank is a public cord blood bank, making its supplies available to patients nationwide.

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Blood Cord Banks: Understanding Cord Blood Stem Cells

There has been plenty of news coverage and controversy about the excellent impacts that current research on cord blood stem cells is having on the the possibility of cures for a number of terminal diseases. Why are stem cells important? Stem cells have a great level of plasticity which means they can generate and regenerate into many different types of cells and even organs inside our bodies. Potentially, if they can be removed from the donor and transfused into the patient then in the future, stem cells could be used to cure virtually any illness.

Stem cells are more frequently found in babies or even in embryos although it has been discovered that adult stem cells do exist. These adult stem cells have been found in the brain but are dispersed freely amongst millions of other cells making the extraction of adult stem cells very difficult.

However, cord blood stem cells are simple to remove. The process is undertaken after the baby has been born and the umbilical cord cut so there is no effect on the baby or the mother.

Currently, leukemia and anemia are the two most common diseases treated with stem cell transfusions. Because of the increasing level of stem cell research, diseases such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and many different forms of cancer are also showing positive results.

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