Benefits of Cord Blood
When your baby is born, the placenta and umbilical cord are considered medical waste and are usually discarded. This includes all the healthy stem cells contained within the cord blood itself! Your baby’s cord blood donation has the potential to give someone struggling with a blood or genetic disease a chance to live. Your tiny hero has the power to save lives!
The biggest benefits of cord blood banking are twofold - the ability to save lives through the invaluable resource of stem cells that aid in the treatment of over 80 different diseases and continued research that is needed to potentially find a cure for many patients suffering from heart disease, stroke, immune system disease, degenerative diseases, and many other conditions. There is a high demand for cord blood stem cells for various treatments.
There are two options for expecting mothers to consider when it comes to storing your baby’s cord blood – public banking and family banking. Unless you choose one of these options, your cord blood will be discarded after your baby is born.
Why Public Bank?
Public banking means that your baby’s cord blood is donated and made available to any patient who needs a transplant for treatment of childhood or adult diseases. The units donated to the public bank are made available to patients throughout the world.
Public banking is free of charge to women who choose to donate cord blood. Your identity and your baby’s identity are confidential and will be kept safe and secure. However, there will be information that we need to know about you, the baby’s biological father and your family’s health history to ensure that your donated cord blood can be safely used for those who need it.
Unlike other lifesaving donor transplants, cord blood transplants do not require an exact blood match – they can literally help anyone, anywhere no matter their ethnicity or race.
At Upstate Cord Blood Bank, your cord blood donation is stored in our state-of-the-art facility and made available for use by all communities, including local, national, and international. This blood may also be used to further research on the benefits and uses of the cord blood. A readily available supply of research cord blood from donors like you would enhance and expedite these studies, and could literally be the difference of life and death for thousands of people every year.
Why Family Bank?
Family banking is cord blood that is stored specifically for use by your family members in need of life-saving treatment. Your baby’s cord blood will be processed and stored in our new secure state-of-the-art facility, so you can be sure that your unit will be available when you need it most.
By storing your cord blood in our family bank, you own the cord blood and it is then available for use by your family members and relatives, or even non-relatives as you desire. Should the need arise in the future, cord blood banking ensures that stem cells from your family are available. Congenital defects, leukemia, and conditions that may develop over the course of your newborn’s life can be treated with cord blood. There are no risks involved with cord blood banking, nor is there any disruption during your delivery process as a new mother.
We appreciate your interest in our family bank option. We are in the process of developing our family bank program, which will be open in 2017. For the latest information on our family bank opening date, please subscribe to our social media or call the Upstate Cord Blood Bank at (315) 492-2600.
Why Bank With Upstate Cord Blood Bank?
The Upstate Cord Blood Bank is a newly constructed 20,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art LEED facility located on the Upstate University Hospital Community Campus in Syracuse, New York. The selectively recruited staff for the Upstate Cord Blood Bank has a combined 200 years of experience in laboratory science, cellular biology, cord blood applications and clinical practice.
Upstate Cord Blood Bank is designated as only one of two public cord blood banks in the entire state of New York. We are honored and privileged to be serving mothers and families in the Central New York (CNY) community. CNY is where our heart is and where our staff raises their families. Upstate Cord Blood Bank is proud to call CNY our home!
Why Choose Upstate Cord Blood Bank:
- We are centrally located in Upstate NY and serve the communities surrounding Syracuse, New York.
- We are located in a brand new 20,000 sq ft state-of-the-art LEED facility located at the Upstate Medical University Community Campus.
- Our selectively recruited staff for the Upstate Cord Blood Bank has a combined 200 years of experience in laboratory science, cellular biology, cord blood applications and clinical practice.
- Our state-of-the-art equipment allows for a closed bag system eliminating possible contamination of the final cord blood unit.
- We can securely store over 14,500 public cord blood units and 52,000 family cord blood units with room for expansion as the Central NY market grows.
- The Upstate Cord Blood Bank has future plans to expand services to include tissue banking.
- Being connected with Upstate Medical University and Golisano’s Children’s Hospital, we are in a position to take advantage of cord blood research opportunities to advance treatment of diseases and conditions.
Your donation is very important because it gives hope to patients in need of a transplant. We encourage all potential donors to speak with your provider about the process or any concerns you may have. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your cord blood donation.
Want to learn more about the benefits of cord blood banking for public use, family use, or medical research? You are just one phone call away from your baby becoming a superhero to someone else’s family or within your own family. Call the Upstate Cord Blood Bank at (315) 492-2600 today.