I applaud Cleveland Clinic’s top management, which was tremendously supportive and embracing of the concept which takes something that would be thrown away as medical waste and instead, holds the possibility of saving someone’s life. As the busiest OB hospital in the area with a diverse population, I asked, “Why not us?” Hillcrest Hospital’s strong labor and delivery nursing leadership helped make it possible to offer the service to expectant parents.
For parents, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to donate something that you won’t miss, is painless, and is of no cost to the donating parents. Feedback from donating parents indicates they are grateful to know that their baby’s umbilical cord blood, donated to the Cleveland Cord Blood Center, may be used in a lifesaving transplant. As OB/GYNS, we get to experience the miracle of life when a child is born. With cord blood donations, we’re also helping make future life-giving miracles possible.