Sharp Provides Parents the Option to Save Their Babies' Cord Blood

  Cord Blood Banking
During your pregnancy, there are many decisions to make as you prepare for your new addition. One of those decisions is whether to save your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells.

Your baby’s umbilical cord blood is a rich source of special blood cells called stem cells, which are the building blocks for blood, organs, tissue and the immune system, and they are genetically unique to each baby.

Why Should I Save My Baby’s Stem Cells?
Umbilical cord stem cells are currently used to fight more than 80 health issues, including leukemia, autoimmune diseases, lupus and inheritable diseases such as sickle-cell anemia. Researchers are also studying stem cells as a treatment for cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, Type 1 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and Parkinson’s.

Because of this, many parents choose to have their babies’ cord blood collected at birth and banked for future use. Individuals may opt to do this due to a family history of disease, or if the family has another child with a treatable condition. Many individuals take advantage of collection and banking as a one-time opportunity to harvest cells that may be needed in the future.

As part of its commitment to being the best place to receive care, Sharp HealthCare has partnered with StemCyte, the leader in cord blood collection and banking, to provide this important service to our patients.

Cord Blood Banking Options
StemCyte offers three options for families to save babies’ cord blood:

  • Public cord blood banking — Parents can choose to donate their baby's cord blood to others in need and to further cord blood research. Public banking is a unique option offered only at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns through StemCyte. Patients can notify their nurse upon admission to Labor and Delivery that they would like to donate their baby's cord blood. There is no charge for public banking.
  • Related-donor cord blood donation — Through this program, a baby's umbilical cord blood can be collected and used to treat a biological sibling or parent with a diagnosed disease. Some families may be eligible to receive this service free of charge through a program developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Contact StemCyte to find out if your family qualifies for this program.
  • Traditional or private cord blood banking — A baby’s own cord blood is collected and stored for potential future use. Since cord blood can be stored indefinitely, private cord blood banking offers a safeguard against diseases treatable today, as well as potential treatment possibilities in the future. Plus, each baby’s stem cells are guaranteed to be a perfect genetic match. Collection fees and annual banking fees may be financed, and discounts are available.

For more information, visit StemCyte or call 866-389-4659.

Locations of Services
StemCyte's cord blood collection and banking services are offered at the following Sharp hospitals in San Diego:

Find a San Diego OBGYN
To find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego OBGYN or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.

For More Information
Arranging for private cord blood collection at Sharp and banking at StemCyte is simple. Visit StemCyte or call 866-389-4659 prior to your due date to enroll and receive your collection kit.
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