Nov
2

What is Cord Blood?

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

Nov
0

Growing Organs from Stem Cells!

Miracle Worker: AKA Stem Cell

Miracle Worker; Stem cells

Thousands of people wait on transplant lists for years. They get excited every time the phone rings, because it could be the doctor calling to say we have a donor for you. Some people spend their lives waiting,  and sadly many die before they ever get that call.  

Luckily over the past few years the progress in stem cell research has grown expendentaily. At the Atala lab at Wake Forest University researchers have been pioneering a major breakthrough in regenerative medicine. Scientists have been growing organs, and tissues by using adult stem cells.  The furthest along in this process is the human bladder. Scientists have had success with the bladder since it is one of the few organs that can grow outside the body.  This research is not limited to the bladder, several other organs and tissues are showing strong signs as well. 

At the Atala Lab new organs are being grown at the record breaking speed of just six weeks!! This breakthrough technology isn’t approved for treatment yet, but promising steps are being made everyday.  Instead of waiting a lifetime for a donor, patients would wait only a few short weeks. For so many it would be the difference between life and death.

One of the most important resources of adult stem cells is the umbilical cord blood. So why do people so carelessly throw it away? EDUCATION, or in other words: They don’t realize the value. So I strongly encourage you: SAVE THE CORD, SAVE A LIFE.

Together We CAN Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

Oct
1

Grey’s Anatomy Saves the Cord

One of My Favorite Characters on Grey's Anatomy- Dr (Arizona) Robbins

One of My Favorite Characters on Grey's Anatomy- Dr (Arizona) Robbins

When I started this web site my intentions were to raise awareness for cord blood/stem cells. Everyday I make it my priority to learn more about what is going on the world of cord blood, so that I can help spread the word! When I happen upon other people who are educated about, or who share my passion for cord blood, I get VERY excited.  One of the best moments yet,  was while I was watching one of my favorite TV shows the other night.  Grey’s Anantony  continues to pull me in with it’s inspiring characters and amazing medical stories.

The last episode that I watched was especially poignant. In one of the scenes, a baby is born through an emergency C-Section, when her arm is accidentally cut off from the incision. In a scramble to save the babies arm, doctors pull the babies umbilical cord out of the TRASH!  Yes…..out of the TRASH!  Dr. McSteamy and Dr. (Arizona) Robbins successfully reattach the arm by using the umbilical cord and the baby is given a chance at a normal life. This brings up a very important question, why was the cord blood in the trash to begin with?  The simple answer to this question is, that parents weren’t educated about the importance of preserving it.

 I am never surprised, yet always blown away in the abilities of cord blood and stem cells. With cord blood making more and more national TV appearances it is only a matter of time before everyone will know the importance of saving the cord.

Take this so called, “Trash” and turn into your “Treasure”.

Together We CAN Help Save lives,

Natalie Curry

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