Each year, National Cord Blood Awareness Month is recognized in July. Bringing awareness to the importance of it’s use in treating diseases is crucial. Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta after childbirth. The stem cells in the cord blood can be preserved. These are used to treat the baby and other family members that have medical conditions such as cancer, bone marrow diseases, certain immune deficiencies, and many other diseases.
Cord blood can potentially save a life. When a woman gives birth, she has the option to donate the umbilical cord and placenta for general use in cord banks for anyone to use, at no cost. For a fee, mothers can choose to save their cord blood for their own personal use if a medical situation happens to arise in their family. If the cord blood is not donated or preserved for a family, it will be discarded and go to waste.
Some hospitals and medical centers may offer events during July, that discuss cord blood donation for expectant mothers. You can also consult with your physician for details on the subject and ask any questions that you may have.
If you have preserved cord blood, then wearing awareness jewelry is a must. Be prepared in an emergency by wearing a medical alert id bracelet that states that you have access to cord blood, and the contact information to receive it. Your name and other important information and medical issues should also be included on your awareness jewelry offered by My-Identity-Doctor.