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Cord Blood Awareness MonthImagine having a way to treat and cure blood disorders, immune deficiencies, metabolic diseases and even some cancers and then throwing it away. This is happening every day with cord blood.

The blood left over in the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born has special cells that can be used to treat and even cure some serious diseases. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages the collection and storage of cord blood. But how do you do this?

First, you need to tell your OB/GYN that you want to save the cord blood before you deliver your baby. Saving cord blood is completely safe for the baby and doesn’t affect labor or delivery. Then you need to decide what to do with it.

You might keep it for your own use if you have a family history with a known genetic problem that puts your child at risk of developing an illness that could be treated with cord blood, but you’ll probably have to pay for this collection and storage.

Most health insurance plans will not pay the estimated $1,000 to $2,000 charge for collecting cord blood unless there is an immediate need for it. There’s also a cost of up to $200 a year for storing it. A private blood bank may not be accredited the same as a public blood bank and the cord blood may end up being less useful if it’s needed.

This is why almost all cord blood is donated to a public blood bank. It makes sense to donate because that cord blood is much more likely to be needed by another family.

If you’re an expectant mother you should consider donating your cord blood. You’ll be sharing something you may need, and that could cure a disease or save a life. And that’s a great gift to give.

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