The umbilical cord of a newborn baby is typically discarded, along with the placenta, as medical waste. Umbilical cord blood (UCB), however, is a rich source of stem cells – the building blocks of our bodies – and can usually be retrieved immediately after the baby is born, thus conserving this valuable resource.

Expecting parents generally have several options as they choose what to do with their baby’s umbilical cord blood: donate to a public cord blood bank or a research institution, store the UCB with a private bank or discard it. Cord Blood Options encourages parents to know the facts and know their options. Cord Blood Options intends to facilitate the decision-making process by providing resources, information, and support regardless of what destination is intended.

Normally the umbilical cord and the placenta are both discarded. When you decide to save or donate your baby’s cord blood, the hospital staff collects the blood. 

Doing this doesn’t change any traditional birthing procedures and is completely handled by the hospital staff. 

Whether you have a vaginal, cesarean, or multiple-birth delivery, you may take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


Cord Blood Banking Kits


If you choose to use a public bank to donate your baby’s cord blood, you can receive a collection kit from that bank. If you choose to use a private bank to store your baby’s cord blood, you will receive a collection kit in the mail. 

 

The kit will be packaged in a pre-addressed, insulated box that is safe and reliable for shipment of your baby’s cord blood to the laboratory where the cord blood will be stored. 

After the blood is collected, the hospital staff will place the cord blood in the kit. All of your baby’s blood will already be identified and bar-coded if you are storing the blood in a private bank. 

You then send the blood with the courier of your choice to the lab you have already chosen or drop off the donated cells at the local public bank. If you choose a private bank, you will be notified by the bank as soon as your baby’s blood has been received by the lab. 

The umbilical cord of a newborn baby is typically discarded, along with the placenta, as medical waste. Umbilical cord blood (UCB), however, is a rich source of stem cells – the building blocks of our bodies – and can usually be retrieved immediately after the baby is born, thus conserving this valuable resource.

Expecting parents generally have several options as they choose what to do with their baby’s umbilical cord blood: donate to a public cord blood bank or a research institution, store the UCB with a private bank or discard it. Cord Blood Options encourages parents to know the facts and know their options. Cord Blood Options intends to facilitate the decision-making process by providing resources, information, and support regardless of what destination is intended.

Today parents potentially have several options for their newborn's cord blood.

Cord blood has now been collected through public and private cord blood banks for almost 10 years.

By donating the cord blood to a public cord blood bank, you are potentially giving the gift of life to someone who may be in need of a stem cell transplant.

By storing the cord blood with a private bank you are in essence buying biological insurance that could potentially save a family member some day.

Public cord blood banking is only available in certain regions. Private banking is available nationwide.