Cord Blood Donation

Pregnant women are increasingly being faced with the issue of ‘cord blood’, namely deciding what should be done with the blood from their newborn baby’s umbilical cord. It is still far too often the case that the umbilical cord is simply disposed of with the placenta, even though it is rich in valuable stem cells.

Particularly large numbers of stem cells are present in the infant's blood and therefore also in the cord blood at the time of birth. Cord blood can be painlessly obtained through a simple procedure that is carried out directly after delivery and the cutting of the cord of the newborn baby without any risk to the mother or baby.

Since the end of the eighties, haematopoietic stem cells have mainly been used for treatment of leukaemia and genetic diseases, namely immune deficiencies and rare metabolic diseases. Stem cell preparations are made available to patients throughout the world at the request of transplant centres. Experience has shown that complications following the transplantation of cord blood are far less frequent than after bone marrow transplants.

Women who come to the St.-Antonius-Hospital for delivery now have the opportunity to donate cord blood, which is then sent to the Institute for Transplantation Diagnostics and Cell Therapies, where stem cells are extracted.

Mothers are given all necessary information concerning cord blood donation upon registration in the delivery room. The validity of existing agreements with commercial stem cell banks to which parents want cord blood to be taken for the storage of stem cells will not be affected.

Further information can be obtained by telephone from the delivery room of the Clinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the St.-Antonius-Hospital or can accessed online at

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Academic teaching hospital of the RWTH technical university, Aachen

Clinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics

Dechant-Deckers-Str. 8
52249 Eschweiler

+49 2403 - 76-1835

St.-Antonius-Hospital gGmbH
Dechant-Deckers-Str. 8
52249 Eschweiler
tel.: 02403 76 - 0
fax: 02403 76 -1119

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