Cord Blood FAQs

Need help deciding if cord blood donation is right for you? Get answers to frequently asked questions about cord blood donations and what’s involved. We compiled source information on the subject from Bethematch.org, which you can learn more about here.

Baby is Born

Your baby is born with the umbilical cord that contains life -saving stem cells, with potential to cure patients, attached



Cord Clamping

The cord will be clamped and cut so that your baby can be cleaned and cared for. This is a safe procedure and done for all babies

Cord Blood Collection

Your doctor/midwife/collection nurse will clean and draw the leftover cord blood from the clamped cord into a special collection bag. A maternal sample will be collected to test for infectious diseases

Delivery to the Cord Blood Bank

Once the collection is complete, the cord blood unit that would have otherwise been discarded as waste, is labeled and quickly delivered to the partner cord blood bank for processing

Receipt of CBU

At time of receipt at the partner cord blood bank, the CBU and maternal samples are assigned an alpha numeric identifier to anonymize your donation

CBU Processing

Qualifying CBUs, those that contain a sufficient volume and number of nucleated cells, are processed to concentrate stem cells and are frozen within 48 hours of collection.

CBU Stored

Processed CBUs are stored at cryopreserved temperatures of -150 degrees C (-238 degrees F) for an indefinite period of time

NMDP/Be The Match Registry

After typing and characterization of the CBU is complete and donor eligibility is determined, the cryopreserved CBU is listed on the BTM registry so that searching patients can identify their hope for a cure.

Are you expecting and near your due date and need help deciding if cord blood donation is right for you? Get answers to frequently asked questions about cord blood and what’s involved. You can view more about cord blood banks and cord blood donations in our FAQ section with links here.