Cleveland Cord Blood

Fairview Hospital offers new parents the opportunity to contribute their newborn baby’s cord blood to the Cleveland Cord Blood Center (CCBC) – Ohio’s first and only public cord blood bank.

“The opportunity for parents to donate their baby’s umbilical cord blood to a public bank makes it possible for them to make a lifesaving contribution without cost to them,” said Jules Moodley, M.D., Chairman, Fairview Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.” Many parents are also happy that they have the chance to give back to the community, as well as an individual whose life could be saved by a cord blood stem cell transplant.”

Dr. Moodley also notes that donations made by African American and Hispanic parents, who make up nearly 10 percent of the births at Fairview Hospital, will help fill a critical void among minorities who are underrepresented in cord blood stem cell banks.

When it comes to donating cord blood, it’s a simple process.

Following the delivery of a full-term newborn, the cord blood is collected, uniquely bar-coded and taken to CCBC’s facility, where the blood is frozen and made available to transplant centers world-wide, or is distributed for research.

Because these adult cord blood stem cells would otherwise be discarded after the birth of full-term babies, they are not affected by the ethical and political concerns surrounding the use of human embryonic stem cells.

“Cord blood stem cells are virtually inexhaustible, easily obtainable and are less costly than stem cells obtained from bone marrow sources,” explained Mary Laughlin, M.D., CCBC Founder and Medical Director. “The good news is that cord blood stem cells are not only rising to the forefront as a preferred treatment of blood-borne diseases such as leukemia, but they also hold the promise of regenerative therapies for diseases ranging from heart disease to diabetes.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics Web site provides a policy statement on “Cord Blood Banking for Potential Future Transplantation,” which is designed to guide physicians in responding to parents’ questions about cord blood donation and banking and the types and quality of cord blood banks. In its recommendations it states, “Cord blood donation should be discouraged when cord blood stored in a bank is to be directed for later personal or family use, because most conditions that might be helped by cord blood stem cells already exist in the infant’s cord blood.” The recommendation continues with “cord blood donation should be encouraged when the cord blood is stored in a bank for public use.”

For more information and to learn more about the Cleveland Cord Blood Center, please visit their site.