How to Donate
Before the Due Date
As an expecting mother, there is nothing you need to do before you arrive at labor and delivery. Our staff members will approach you there to guide you through the entire enrollment process. There is no cost to donate your baby's cord blood, and the collection takes place after your baby is delivered, so there is no risk to you or your baby.
You will be asked to complete a medical history questionnaire, provide a blood sample, and sign a consent form permitting us to collect your cord blood and store it at our bank or make it available for medical research. Approximately one year after your baby's birth we will contact you to check on your child's health in order to update the medical record of your donation. The privacy of your information is fully protected. All information collected with your donation, including test results, is kept strictly confidential in a locked file room and in our secure database.
Can I Donate?
There are certain medical, procedural and logistical restrictions that limit which cord blood donations can be collected, processed and stored at our bank. If any of the criteria below are not met, we may not be able to accept your donation, or we may instead ask you to allow us to use your donation for non-clinical purposes, such as for research, training and validation studies.
- + At What Hospital Will You Be Delivering?
Your delivery must be at a hospital currently staffed by our personnel, otherwise we regret that we will be unable to accept your donation. Please check our hospital list below.
However, it still may be possible to donate to another non-profit bank like ours at one of the hospitals listed here.
Our procedures require dedicated, National Cord Blood Program staff to be present at each cord blood collection. In our experience, this ensures the highest possible integrity and maximum volume of stem cells collected per cord blood unit. Our teams of trained technicians and nurses coordinate closely with hospital obstetricians, service nurses and other staff, and are responsible for collecting:
the cord blood, in a dedicated lab room after the birth is complete,
your (the mother’s) blood sample,
the family's medical history, and
your consent for donation.
- + Your Family's Medical History
Cord blood can be donated only if you and the baby are eligible. It cannot be donated when any one or more of the following apply, each of which could potentially compromise the health and safety of anyone who might request to use your donation in a medical treatment:
The presence of an infectious disease during pregnancy that may have been transmitted to the infant before or during birth;
If the baby is affected by any one of several genetic or inherited diseases;
If there is a family history of a "transplantable" genetic disease that could be present in the baby, but for which there are currently no diagnostic tests;
The pregnancy was the result of an egg donation, or a sperm donation from a man other than the father presented;
If the mother has history of leukemia or other cancer;
- + Technical Characteristics of Your Cord Blood Donation
After your donation is collected, we will evaluate it for its technical characteristics and complete our documentation. In order to be stored at our bank and made available to patients in search of a stem cell donor, your donation must meet all of the criteria below:
It must contain a sufficient number of total nucleated cells (TNC) before processing
You will have given your consent to allow your donation to be used by any patient who needs a stem cell transplant or approved cellular therapy
The unit has acceptable test results for CD34+ cells and CFUs (colony forming units)
There is no evidence of bacterial contamination
The baby has no identified risks of genetic or infectious disease that might be transmitted in the cord blood
Both the cord blood and your (the mother’s) blood are negative for infectious disease markers
The donation was processed, tested and frozen successfully, following all our Program's our protocols.