Babies For Life Foundation Links New Mothers, Researchers, and Patients in Need

Foundation Continues Pursuit Of Ethical Stem Cell Use…Babies for Life Foundation…(BFL- www.babiesforlife.org) collects donations of this “diamond” mine of stem cell–rich umbilical cord blood, linking new mothers, researchers and patients in need. For the past five years Dr. Gerry Sotomayor of BFL has collected umbilical cord blood from newborns, sending it to cord blood public registries to help patients worldwide with the 65 diseases now successfully treated with umbilical cord adult stem cells—not to mention the at least 97 diseases that can be treated or cured by the various types of adult stem cells found throughout the body. The foundation, established by Sotomayor, has developed a systematic way to collect units at 10 participating Georgia hospitals from women who agree to donate cord blood at no risk to themselves or their babies, thus facilitating a newborn’s first act of charity…each birth provides 1.5-2.5 million cord blood stem cells. These and other adult stem cells are regenerative, unspecialized cells that are able to differentiate into various specialized cells that form tissues. “It’s the byproduct of a delivery that can be utilized to give life to someone else,” said Sotomayor. Through the BFL nonprofit organization, this obstetrician-gynecologist from Puerto Rico is “developing relations with several labs” and is also seeking funding in hopes of helping set up a public storage facility at the Medical College of Georgia. Sotomayor is eager to collaborate with companies and universities involved in various types of research on these virile adult stem cells—hoping one day to replace the embryonic stem cell research that involves destroying embryos to extract just a small number of stem cells to...

Donation of Baby's Umbilical Cord Blood Can Save Lives

Babies' First Act May Resolve Stem-Cell Moral Dilemma Dr. Gerry Sotomayor, an obstetrician with an office in Tucker, established the Babies for Life Foundation in March02. The mission of the foundation is "to unite, educate and inform the public" regarding stem cell research, particularly by facilitating the donation of umbilical cord blood which contains usable stem cells. They're striking chords of hope for people around the world in need of stem cell transplants. And they're calling it a baby's first act of charity, as with parents' permission blood extracted from a newborn's umbilical cord is donated to a public blood bank. And what's so precious about umbilical cord blood, usually thrown out as medical waste? It's a rich source of stem cells that can be used as an effective alternative to bone marrow transplants, and for medical research. Babies for Life Foundation is believed to be the first organization in the nation that facilitates umbilical cord donations not only in Georgia but in other states as well. "It occurred to us that in reality this was a very large act of charity that started with the parents on behalf of the baby. We encourage our donors to put in the baby's book that this is their first act of charity to the world. Teach them young," said Dr. Gerry Sotomayor, who oversees this donation process. "People need to know that their baby can save lives now, and that public cord blood banks are free, available and convenient. It just makes sense from both a faith and moral perspective, as well as a medical one, to donate your child's blood...

Umbilical Cord Blood Banks: Ethical Provision of Stem Cells

Ethical Provision Of Stem Cells  Bank a New Baby’s Life-Saving Cord Blood – less than 100cc of frozen blood taken from the umbilical cord of a newborn baby contains the stem cells that could not only save the life of the baby during his lifetime, but could also save the life of a close family member. [Pioneer Press, 5/23/02] Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells may be saved in private or public banks. The Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act, passed and signed into law in December 2005 has already greatly expanded adult and cord blood stem cell research and patient treatments. The National Marrow Donor Program maintains a Web page on donating cord blood at http://www.marrow.org/NMDP/cord_blood_bank_list.html, and International Cord Blood Society  http://www.cordblood.org/public/insights   http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/faqs.asp There are a growing number of cord blood banking and research facilities: The Cord Blood Donor Fdn – www.cordblooddonor.org The Cord Blood Registry – www.cordblood.com International Cord Blood Society — www.cordblood.org National Marrow Donor Program — www.marrow.org  Bone Marrow Foundation — www.bonemarrow.org Viacord – www.viacord.com Coalition of Americans for Ethical Research – www.stemcellresearch.org ** ** This website is not recommending these institutions, but simply making you aware of their existence so that you can do your own research and reach your own conclusions. [This list is provided at this website for your information; as noted above, these institutions are not recommended by this website, but are listed simply to note their existence.] www.stemcellresearch.org/petition www.grassfire.net/103/stemcell.asp. Information to send to your legislators or other individuals can be found at www.stemcellresearch.org.   CONGRESS PASSES $300 MILLION+ CORD BLOOD STEM CELL BILL – PRES BUSH SIGNS. The Smith-Stupak bill passed the...