belly buttonSince my goal is to raise educational awareness of cord blood preservation I thought the best place to start must be to explain exactly what cord blood is.  Nine times out of ten when I talk to people about the importance of this cause the first question they ask is, what is cord blood?

So, I am going to tell you exactly what it is.  Cord blood-  the blood that is found inside of a babies umbilical cord at the time of birth.   Just in case you don’t know what the umbilical cord is, it is the cord that is connected from the mother to the baby during the pregnancy that provides the baby with all of it’s nutrients to survive.

Now that you know what it is, I can tell you WHY it’s so important! The blood found inside the cord is extremely rich with stem cells. But not just stem cells, they are extra special in that they are easily adaptable to any part of the body. They can be used to treat everything from blood diseases such as Fanconi’s Anemia and Lymphoma to various medical conditions such as deafness and heart conditions and most reccently even grow new organs.  After birth, 99% of the time the umbilical cord is tossed into the trash. Until the late 80’s doctors and researchers weren’t aware of the life saving benefits of the umbilical cord blood, so this was completely acceptable.  NOT anymore, the times have changed. Doctors and researchers have made tremedous breakthroughs with the use of cord blood and it is not longer acceptable for it to be tossed in the trash.

With so many misconceptions of cord blod and the lack of understanding pretaning to it, people are continuing to allow it to be discarded as medical waste. To put it simply, this has got to stop. By tossing the cord blood, you are basically throwing a life away.

Now that you know what cord blood is and a why it’s super important, you can help spread the word to others!

Together We CAN Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry