A number of accomplishments are being promoted in association with Cord Blood Awareness Month this July. Some of those accomplishments are the results of clinical trials that could increase the potential of cord blood therapy, while other achievements promote a set number of donated umbilical cord blood samples.
The Christiana Care Health System is a network of nonprofit hospitals providing healthcare to residents in Delaware. In July 2013, Christiana Care partnered with a national cord blood bank to allow families the option of donating their baby’s cord blood.
One year later Christiana Care is celebrating over 1,000 donated samples, exceeding the goal set by the network’s obstetrics department. Christiana Care hospitals oversee approximately 6,500 births every year, which means “a rather dramatic” number of families chose to donate their baby’s cord blood in the past year.
Dr. Richard Derman chairs the obstetrics department, and says the growing number of donations will allow clinical specialists to test new potential uses for cord blood stem cells.
“We’re dealing with cells that are much more undeveloped than bone marrow. They have much more capacity for adapting.”
Many families who give birth at Christiana Care hospitals are cord blood educated well in advance of their delivery dates. The hospital network believes in helping families learn more about the benefits of cord blood banking or donation, which improves therapeutic options for the sickest children across Delaware and elsewhere.
Networks like Christiana Care and others are devoting resources throughout July to helping the public become cord blood aware as new achievements continue to be uncovered. More information about the cord blood breakthroughs through Christiana Care is available by following the link here.