Cord Blood Donation Information for Parents

Save a Cord. Save a Life. By donating your child’s cord blood you are providing the lifesaving opportunity for someone else. The process of cord blood donation for expectant parents is safe for both mother and child. Below is the cord blood donation process and hospitals that participate in cord blood donation.

Cord Blood Donation Process

At the hospital, you will be asked to complete appropriate paperwork to indicate your consent. After your baby is born, the cord blood will be collected by your doctor, along with the delivery of the afterbirth. If you do not choose to donate your newborn's umbilical cord blood, it will be discarded.

A Cleveland Cord Blood Center nurse collection coordinator will ensure that the cord blood is safely transported to the Cleveland Cord Blood Center. Your baby's cord blood will ultimately be stored and readied for its intended lifesaving cord blood work at some time in the future. As your baby's mother, you will be asked to have blood drawn and analyzed, similar to when you donate blood to the American Red Cross. With full confidentiality, your information will help support the lifesaving work of your baby's cord blood. You will be notified by your obstetrician should any abnormalities in you and your baby's blood testing arise that you would need to know.

Upon donation, your baby's cord blood type will be entered into a national cord blood database registry that can be searched by doctors in need of a match for one of their patients. The cord blood collection process does not subject you or your baby to any risk.

Mothers who donate their babies' umbilical cord blood will be invited to participate in The Cleveland Look Forward Program. This important program will collect medical information that will contribute to life-saving cord blood research.

Locations for Cord Blood Donation

The list of hospitals that accept cord blood donations continues to grow as the awareness and funding of cord blood center work increases. Here is our current list of participating cord blood donation hospitals:

We will frequently be updating the list of cord blood donation hospitals.

For more information on how you can donate your child’s cord blood, contact us.
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The National Marrow Donor Program® is committed to partnering with cord blood banks around the world to build a strong network and inventory of high-quality cord blood available through our Be The Match Registry® to any patient who needs a transplant.