UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
Umbilical cord blood can be used to treat certain cancers and deadly blood disorders. The blood can be easily donated after a healthy baby is born.
However, only 30 percent of cord blood donations meet the standards, so more is need to save lives. Mary Beth Fist, representative for South Texas Blood and Tissue Center says, "We need families to make that decision. We want them to be informed of the process. We want them to be educated of the process, and if they so desire to give that life saving gift at the time they receive a new person in their family, we certainly are very grateful."
Doctors they the process is painless, and free of charge. It is also very simple and only requires a little paper work.
A nurse from Providence Health Center in Waco says she donated cord blood and it was an easy decision. She says, "There is nothing to worry about. You don't have to do anything, and even if it doesn't help your child, it can help someone else."
Providence Health Center is one of the State's highest collectors, and recently, they delivered over 1,000 donations to the Texas Cord Blood Bank. They hope that every woman will consider donating.