Cord blood banking is an exciting new development in science that can help you store the leftover fluid after delivery and donate it for research purposes so that scientists can work toward finding a solution to hitherto incurable diseases. Once expectant parents have made a decision has been made to bank this fluid, the question arises "How do I donate to a public cord blood bank?"
Umbilical blood is usually discarded as a medical waste. But it's emerging potential harbored has made it a valuable resource for scientists who can harvest stem cells and use them for their specific research. This contains stem cells, which are the precursor to all types of cells produced in the body.
It is thus very obvious that stem cells contained in this fluid may perform a valuable function by acting as donor to needy people or by being used in research programs.
If you decide to donate, make sure you take care of all arrangements before you deliver the baby. Storing or donating to a public cord blood bank does not cost anything and the same will be made available for any person in need of a transplant.
Once you decide to donate, you will first need to pre-register during your pregnancy. One important point to note is that your decision to donate will not affect your pregnancy or after-care in any way.
The focus during the delivery will always be on you and your baby so that the whole process is a healthy one and an uneventful one. The fluid that is collected will be only from the cord and placenta after the baby is delivered and the umbilical cord has been cut.
It is only after the delivery that the doctors will take steps to collect the fluid in the umbilical cord and preserve it and transport it to a public cord blood bank.
The three main steps to donate include:
1. Fill up a confidential maternal and family history form after due consultation with a staff member of the public bank of choice
2. Get tested for infectious diseases like hepatitis and HIV on admission to the hospital by providing a sample.
3. Sign a consent form allowing for collection of cord blood after your baby is born.