Learn about cord blood donation


♪ DELIVERING A BABY OBVIOUSLY BRIN A NEW LIFE INTO THE WORLD, BUT DID YOU REALIZE THE CHILDBIRTH PROCESS CAN ALSO HELP TO SAVE A LIFE THROUGH THE DONATION OF SOMETHING CALLED CORD BLOOD? TODAY WE HAVE INVITED OUR FETAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN HERE TO EXPLAIN THE PROCESS ALONG WITH ADAM, A CORD BLOOD RECIPIENT. WELCOME. WE KNOW THAT THE UMBILICAL CORD IS WHAT ATTACHES BABY TO MAMA DURING PREGNANCY. BUT THAT’S A REALLY RICH SUPPLY OF NUTRIENTS? YES, IT HAS A HIGH SUPPLY OF STEM CELLS WHICH THEMSELVES CAN BE USED IN MULTIPLE DIFFERENT TREATMENTS, OVER 80 THAT WE KNOW OF SO FAR INCLUDING LYMPHOMA, LEUKEMIA, SICKLE CELL, CHEMOTHERAPY PATIENTS, AND A LOT OF OTHER STUFF IS ONGOING FOR SPINAL CORD INJURIES, AUTISM, THINGS WE ARE TRYING TO USE THE CELLS FOR. WHEN THE BABY IS DELIVERED EITHER VAGINALLY OR BY C-SECTION, THE BABY IS DELIVERED AND WE DO DELAYED CLAMPING AT SPECTRUM HEALTH, PUT THE BABY ON THE MOM’S CHEST AND THEN WE CUT AND CLAMP ACCORD. WHETHER A PARTNER, PATIENT, OR FAMY MEMBER THEMSELVES CUT THE CORD, THEY ARE FRFROM MOM AND WHAT IS REMAINING IN THE CORD BLOOD, WE ARE ABLE TO GET A SAMPLE AND WE FILL ABOUT ONE UNIT OF BLOOD ON AVERAGE AND WE ARE THEN ABLE TO FREEZE AND STORE THE BLOOD FOR FUTURE USE FOR OTHER MEDICAL TREATMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS AROUND THE WORLD. WE TALK ABOUT IT, IT’S SUCH A RICH SUPPLY OF STEM CELLS. FOR YOU AS SOMEONE WHO SPECIALIZES HELPING THOSE IN HIGH RISK, IT HAS TO REPRESENT THE OPPORTUNITY TO LITERALLY SAVE LIVES. ABSOLUTELY. WE ARE DOWN 25% AND OUR SUPPLY AROUND THE REGION SO WE ARE TRYING TO INCREASE AWARENESS, BUT OUR WORK AT SPECTRUM IS THAT WE ARE THE ONLY HOSPITAL ABLE TO PROVIDE THE DONATION SERVICE FREELY. WE WANTED TO GET THAT INFORMATION OUT THERE IS THAT WE CAN PROVIDE THAT SERVICE TO OUR PATIENTS. ASK YO OB PROVIDER AND THEY CAN SO WORKING ON THE PAPERWORK AND YOU CAN PROVIDE IT FOR FREE TO OTHER PATIENTS. JUST A PART OF YOUR BIRTH PLAN WITH SO MANY OTHER ELEMENTS . EXACTLY. ADAM, THIS WAS LITERALLY LIFE-SAVING FOR YOU? I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA AND I NEEDED A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT FOR A CURE. WE SEARCHED THE REGISTRY FOR SOMEONE TO MATCH ME, INCLUDING MY FAMILY, NO ONE MATCHED. MY DOCTORS RECOMMENDED EIGHT CORD BLOOD TRANSPLANT. THEY FOUND A MATCH FOR ME, THEY GAVE IT TO ME AND IT WAS MIKE YOU ARE. YOU ARE OLDER, THERE WERE SPECIFIC PARAMETERS THAT NEED TO HAVE BEEN MET DURING THE PROCESS? I NEEDED A LOT OF BLOOD, SO THE PERSON THAT DONATED, THE BABY WAS LARGE BECAUSE I NEEDED A LOT OF BLOOD AS I WAS A FULL GROWN TEENAGER AT THE TIME. LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS, NO HARM TO THE BABY OR THE MOTHER. YOU SAID IT WOULD BE DISCARDED AS WASTE? ABSOLUTELY. THE COURTS AND THE PLACENTA ARE DELIVERED AND THEN DISPOSE OF AS MEDICAL WASTE, SO IT’S A MISSED THE BLOOD. WE DON’T OBTAIN BLOOD FROM THE BABY OR THE MOM OTHER THAN THE PLACENTA. HOW DOES THE COLLECTION PROCESS WORK? DO YOU NEED A SPECIAL TEAM? ANY PROVIDER PROVIDING DELIVERY CAN COMPLETE THE COLLECTION. WE HAVE STERILE KITS AVAILABLE SO AT THE TIME OF DELIVERY WHEN THE BABY IS PASSED OFF WE IN A STERILE FASHION WASH A PORTION OF THE CORD AND USE THE NEEDLE TO COLLECT THE BLOOD AND WE SEND THAT OFF FOR TESTING, FREEZING, AND STORAGE. THEY ARE ABLEO TAKE THE BLOOD AND IT IS THEN PUT INTO AN INTERNATIONAL REGISTRY. IT SEEMS LIKE AWARENESS IS A HUGE PART OF THE ISSUE. IT WOULD SEEM LIKE A NO-BRAINER, WHEREIN GOING TO THE CHILDBIRTH PROCESS. AT SOME POINT IT WILL BE SET CARE EVENTUALLY LET WE NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT AND HELP OTHERS TO UNDERSTAND HOW LIFE-SAVING IT CAN BE. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE COST. IS THERE ADDITIONAL COST IN THE DELIVERY? T-REX NOT AT ALL. IT JUST HAPPENS. THE KIT ARE AVAILABLE AND WE CAN ACCESS THEM FOR A VARIETY OF INFORMATION’S AT THE CENTER THAT HAS ALL BEEN PROCESSED FOR FREE. PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THIS , MAYBE SOMEONE WHO IS AN EXPECTANT MOM WERE THINKING ABOUT GETTING PREGNANT IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE, HOW WOULD THEY GO ABOUT GETTING THIS INFORMATION TO MAKE SURE IT IS A PART OF THEIR BIRTH PLAN? ABSOLUTELY. AT THE SPECTRUM HEALTH WEBSITE THEY WILL HAVE A LINK TO THAT DONATION CENTER, YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IT. COMMERCIAL KITS HAVE A FEE AND THAT BLOOD CAN BE STORED FOR INDIVIDUAL PATIENTS, BUT THIS IS A FREE DONATION PROCESS THAT WE ARE REALLY URGING FAMILIES TO CONSIDER. TERRI: CONGRATULATIONS — THANK YOU FOR GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT THIS, I’M SURE THAT AWARENESS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PARTS OF THE EQUATION. STAY RIGHT THERE, MORE

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