Donating cord blood to a public cord blood bank involves talking with your doctor or midwife about your decision to donate and then calling a cord blood bank (if donation can be done at your hospital).
Upon arriving at the hospital, tell the labor and delivery nurse that you are donating umbilical cord blood.
Thousands of critically ill patients with blood diseases like leukemia and lymphoma are in urgent need of a life-saving transplant.
Umbilical cord blood, which is typically thrown away, is rich with the blood-forming cells that can give blood cancer patients hope for a cure.
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Heroes are born every minute because a baby’s umbilical cord blood could save a life.
After your baby is born, the umbilical cord and placenta are usually thrown away.
Because you are choosing to donate, the blood left in the umbilical cord and placenta will be collected and tested.
Cord blood that meets standards for transplant will be stored at the public cord blood bank until needed by a patient.
(It is not saved for your family.)By donating umbilical cord blood, you may be helping someone who needs a transplant.
This means that cord blood donation is not possible in every hospital.