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Banking on Cord Blood

The birth of a child is always special, but now with the donation of cord blood -- a baby's birth can also give life to others. Once believed to be useless, umbilical cord blood today is verified as a rich source of stem cells for research. The blood left over in umbilical cords is rich in stem cells, and the retrieval of these cells is life-affirming because no human beings have to be killed in the process of procurement. Cord blood banks help ensure that patients suffering from a variety of blood ailments have the opportunity to receive a transplant of life-affirming stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

According to the Michigan Community Blood Centers, donating is safe, easy, free and anonymous. To learn if your hospital is participating in the collection of cord blood, call the Cord Blood Bank at 1-866-MIBLOOD (choose Option #2) or 616-233-8604. Cord blood donated through Michigan Community Blood Centers' nonprofit Cord Blood Bank is listed on international databases to help patients anywhere in the world.

Michigan lawmakers created a package of bills to generate a statewide network of cord blood banks when the legislation was signed into law on December 29, 2006. Michigan is moving forward in biomedical research to help find cures in an ethical, life-affirming way.

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