"Awreness in umbicle cord "

(as a volunteer/advocate),

Petition to Increase Awareness and Availability of Umbilical Cord Donation

Responsible department: Department of Health

For it to become compulsory for every pregnant woman in the UK to be informed about cord blood banking. For the government to invest in training midwives to harvest the cord blood so at least one trained midwife is available in every major hospital around the clock. For temporary storage facilities to be available in every major hospital while it can be transferred to a regional centre.

About Cord Blood Donations

(information from Anthony Nolan and Cord Blood Bank sites)

It's a risk free procedure that does not interfere with the delivery of your baby in any way

On average, every year 1 in 100 cord units will be used for transplantation compared to 1 in 1000 registered adult donors

80% of transplant requests would be met if the UK saved just 50, 000 cord blood units. In the UK alone last year, 65, 000 litres of cord blood were thrown away!

Up to 70% of people who need bone marrow transplants will not find a match. Banking stem cells improves those odds.

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