What is umbilical cord blood collection and is it available?
Research has shown that your baby’s blood left over in the placenta and umbilical cord after birth contains stem cells that may help treat certain diseases. Cord blood is collected usually about 15 minutes after your baby is born and is safe for both you and your baby. It is then sent to a cord blood bank for processing and storage.
You may donate your child’s umbilical cord blood to be used by any patient in need or have it stored for future use for your family. To save or donate your baby’s cord blood, you will need to complete a simple health history form and have a small amount of blood drawn when your baby is born. You will set this process up with the company of your choice. Please note, there is usually a cost associated with storing umbilical cord blood. For more information, visit Be the Match.