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Tucson Medical Center looks to educate people about cord blood donations

Posted at 6:17 AM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 11:33:26-04

The Tucson Medical Center is looking to educate the public on Cord Blood and the process of donating it. 

Cord blood is the leftover blood from a woman's umbilical cord and placenta after she's given birth.

Typically, cord blood is most beneficial for those who are suffering from some kind of blood cancer, like Leukemia or Lymphoma.

The blood forming stem cells in the cord blood are used for transplants just in the same way bone marrow transplants are done. 

Women who are interested in donating their cord blood do have to fill certain requirements. They must be at least 36 weeks pregnant, 18 years or older, and be carrying a single child, no twins or triplets. 

The program doesn't accept cord blood donations from those who give birth to twins or triplets since there are less stem cells in the umbilical cord after the birth of more than one baby.