Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
Rex Healthcare is proud to be a participating collection site for the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank (CCBB). The Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University Medical Center is a research specimen repository that collects discarded blood cells from the placenta and umbilical cord to use for transplantation or medical research.
Cord blood donation is a safe procedure for both the mother and the baby. It is simple to become a cord blood donor and it is completely confidential. When a patient comes in to Labor and Delivery, the nurse will take blood samples from the mother for the bank when she draws other blood samples and inserts the IV. Mothers will also receive a CCBB luggage tag, which reads, "I want to be a cord blood donor." This helps identify CCBB donors when they arrive at Labor and Delivery.
Cord Blood Donation
After the baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut, blood rich in stem cells and young blood cells is taken from the placenta. These cells could help save the life of a patient with cancer, leukemia or a child with a rare genetic disease. Donating cord blood is also very important to medical research working to discover new diseases as well as cures for current diseases and disorders. Donating cord blood is a positive way for new mothers and their babies to give back to the community and perhaps save a life.
For more information about the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank and cord blood donation, please call us at (919) 784-2276. Or visit, www.bethematch.org/cord.