Umbilical Cord Blood Donation
Your Baby Could Help Save a Life
The blood that remains in your baby's umbilical cord contains valuable cells that can be used for bone marrow transplant.
Many people are in need of a bone marrow transplant to treat diseases such as lymphoma or leukemia, and finding a match is not always possible. Patients who are unable to find a match in their families or communities may find a match with cord blood and with it, a potential cure.
Donating Cord Blood to a Public Bank
You can donate your baby's blood to a public bank for those in need. Through a partnership with Lifeforce Cryobanks' Cord for Life program, BIDMC is a site for public banking collections, adding to the national inventory of cord blood units available to all in need.
- Donation is free and easy.
- Collecting the blood is safe for mother and baby.
- When your baby is born, the umbilical cord is cut as part of the birth process, and the blood remaining in the umbilical cord can be collected and stored for anyone who may need it.
- When not collected, cord blood is typically discarded with the placenta (afterbirth) as waste.
- At BIDMC, cord donation is available Sunday night through Friday evening.
Learn More about Cord Blood Banking
- Cord Blood Banking FAQs
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions