Have you thought about the benefits of umbilical cord blood
The Mason Shaffer Foundation and Community Blood Services have partnered
to bring the first public cord blood program to the Philadelphia
area—The Mason Shaffer Public Cord Blood Program at Main Line Health.
What is cord blood?
After the birth of a baby, the blood remaining in a portion of the
umbilical cord and placenta is called placental blood, umbilical cord
blood, or simply “cord blood.” This extra blood is not needed by the
baby. All normal elements of blood—red blood cells, white blood cells,
platelets and plasma—are contained in cord blood. It is also rich in
hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells, like those found in bone
What are some benefits?
Cord blood stem cells can be used for transplantation instead of bone
marrow because it does not have to match a patient’s tissue type as
closely as bone marrow does. Stem cells found in cord blood are being
used to treat more than 70 diseases including sickle cell anemia,
malignant infantile osteopetrosis, cerebral palsy, and leukemia—just to
name a few.
What are your options?
Please consider your three options in advance of your due date. You can
Donate your cord blood to a public bank. This option is
without charge to you and has the potential to help others.
Bank your cord blood privately. This is an expensive
option and, thankfully, the likelihood of needing it is remote.
Do neither of the above two options. If you choose to do
nothing with your baby’s cord blood it is discarded as medical
Ask your doctor for details. You may pre-register to donate by using the
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.