Cord blood treats over 80 diseases including leukemia and lymphoma. Donations are painless and are being used to save the lives of children and adults around the world. Learn more in our free downloadable guide.Download Now
Healthy stem cells found in cord blood can treat more patients because cord blood does not require a perfect donor match.
Cord blood can be used to treat over 80 dangerous diseases including leukemia, lymphoma and autoimmune diseases.
Cord blood can be stored for many years and will always be available for your family or another family in need.
When a child is born, blood remains in their umbilical cord, even after it's been removed and discarded as medical waste - this is called "cord blood". Over the past 20 years, researchers have started collecting cells from cord blood, which are being used in transplants. Cord blood transplants treat over 80 diseases, and new therapies are emerging every year.
Cord blood can now be stored, which gives families access to life-saving stem cells - this is called cord blood banking. When parents choose to store their baby's cord blood, they can use these cells for medical treatment. The child, their siblings and close relatives can all benefit from stored cord blood.
If an expectant mother meets the qualifications for donation, she can contact a public cord blood bank to the receive necessary paperwork. Any information is stored in a national database but is not available for public viewing. The hospital will either have a kit sent to them by the bank or will have the necessary tools onsite.
Have a safe and happy birth! You will want to notify the hospital that you are donating cord blood. The cord blood will be collected after the umbilical cord is cut. This process is painless, safe and will not interfere with your first interaction with your baby. Within 24 hours, your doctor will take a small blood sample.
Your child’s cord blood will be tested for contamination and to ensure your baby is healthy, then will be listed on a national registry. The stem cells will then be cryogenically frozen until they are needed to treat a patient. You may receive updates on your donation after birth but it usually depends on the procedures of the bank.
Cord Blood Guide is brought to you by the Cord Blood Center. We’re a small team of healthcare writers and professionals who are passionate about educating expecting parents on the lifesaving benefits of cord blood. Our mission at CordBloodGuide.com is to offer the simplest, most easy-to-read resource for expecting parents on cord blood banking and to show the remarkable benefits of donating and banking your child’s umbilical cord blood.