It’s National Cord Blood Awareness Month!

Are you aware of cord blood? Or rather, are you aware of everything cord blood can do? July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month, so this is the perfect time to learn about the benefits of cord blood stem cells and start spreading the word!

Our partner ViaCord is a family cord blood bank. That means they collect and store a newborn’s cord blood for families that wish to save it for potential future use. Aside from helping families prepare for a healthy future (over 350,000 families have their child’s cord blood stored at ViaCord), they’re also dedicated to raising awareness about cord blood.

To help celebrate Cord Blood Awareness Month ViaCord is offering a special savings on cord blood banking for Ovia families when you use code OV717150 to sign up. Or if you just want to learn more about cord blood and ViaCord, get a free info kit here.

What is cord blood?

Cord blood is the blood found in a baby’s umbilical cord. That blood contains powerful stem cells, which have the unique ability to regenerate and develop into different cell types. When a baby is born, the blood remaining in the umbilical cord can be collected and saved for potential future medical use — in transplant medicine or a regenerative medicine therapy.

What can cord blood stem cells do?

Cord blood stem cells have the power to help heal the body and have been changing lives for nearly 30 years. Today, cord blood stems cells are used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases, including certain cancers, genetic diseases, and blood disorders. Recently, cord blood use has expanded beyond transplants into an area known as regenerative medicine. In regenerative medicine, cells are used to potentially regenerate or facilitate the repair of cells and tissue. There are ongoing clinical trials using cord blood stem cells in an effort to help children with autism and cerebral palsy.

How do you store cord blood?

If you choose to store your baby’s cord blood, you can do so in a public or with a family bank.

  • Family banks, like ViaCord, store cord blood exclusively for individual families, so if your family has a medical need for stem cells, you can immediately access your child’s cord blood stem cells. That means a guaranteed match for your child and a possible match for other members of your family.
  • Public banks take cord blood donations from families, store them, and make them available to the public via a registry. There are basic guidelines that need to be met in order to be a cord blood donor, and you can view those here. One thing to be aware of if that if you did ever need stem cells, there isn’t a guarantee that you’d be able to access your child’s.

In honor of Cord Blood Awareness Month, ViaCord is offering $150 off cord blood banking to Ovia families. If you decide to bank your baby’s cord blood with ViaCord, just use code OV717150 to receive your special $150 savings.

You can also learn more about cord blood banking and get a free info kit by clicking here.