29 December 2016
The NHS Cord Blood Bank at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is asking mums-to-be to think about donating the gift of cord blood. This is the blood left in the placenta and umbilical cord after the baby is born, that would otherwise be discarded.
Rich in stem cells, cord blood can be used to cure leukaemia, immune disorders and other life-threatening illnesses.
Samantha Blank, from Dunstable, gave birth to baby Olivia Jane at Luton and Dunstable Hospital on December 16. The mum-of-two urges others to donate and says it really is a simple process where the cord blood bank staff do everything after the baby is born. See here for her story in Luton Today.
The collection of cord blood does not interfere in the care of mother and baby during and following the birth. Cord blood bank staff only receive the placenta, which would be discarded, after the birth of baby once the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut and the placenta has been checked by the midwife.
Please visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/cordblood to find out more about donating cord blood.