This week we received our cord blood donation kit. Many moons ago, we decided to donate the cord blood to the National Marrow Donor Program to be put on the national registry. Hopefully, someday someone will be able to use it for a transplant for diseases like leukemia. If it is not able to be listed (for example, if there wasn’t a high enough stem cell count in the collection), the blood will go toward research, which is equally as awesome. (Click on the link to the right if you’d like more information.)
The procedure is simple. When I am admitted for delivery, they will draw the normal admission labs and in addition, draw a couple of extra tubes to be sent off with the CB kit. After the baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut, the cord blood from my side of the cord will be sucked out into a syringe (don’t worry, Britta — can’t feel it!) and sent off to Cord Blood Land with my paperwork. It will then become a number either on the registry or in the research world, where it will be put through a number of tests and frozen for future use.