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Cord Blood Donation

Wee Are the World: Cord Blood Donation

Keep the cord. If you're under 34 weeks pregnant, you may have the power to share life with someone other than your baby–to–be. By donating your newborn's umbilical cord after delivery, you give someone who has a life-threatening disease like leukemia, sickle cell anemia or lymphoma a chance to survive.

As a parent, you can pay to preserve your baby's cord blood at a private bank like ViaCord or Cord Blood Registry. For many parents, the price is out of the budget since some blood banks charge an initial fee upwards of $600 plus an annual storage payment. If you donate your cord blood to a public bank, it is free.

To learn about donating,


Whether you plan to donate or store your cord blood, you should know all of your options:

  • Donate to a public cord blood bank.
  • Store it in a private family cord blood bank.
  • Save it for a family member with a medical need.
  • Donate it for research studies.
  • Do nothing.

To find out more about donating the cord blood, visit the National Marrow Donor Program.

Would you donate your cord blood?

Join The Conversation
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Wow, I knew that we could bank privately which was out of the question for us financially, but no one ever said anything to us about a public bank that you could donate too. I totally would have done that.
sofi sofi 9 years
yeah, I had no idea when I gave birth to my children that I could donate. I didn't really want to spend the money for banking it- chances seemed low for match as someone stated above. I haven't done too much research but I know there are important stem cells in umbilical blood and if hospitals gave out more information, more people could donate and make a difference. With all the stem cell debate, I don't understand why this hasnt been examined more and advertised more.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
They asked me at the hospital where we had our first child, and I donated. They didn't ask me at the hospital where we had our second and I didn't think about it. :( It's good to see reminders out there!!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
We will definitely consider banking, but if we don't then we will donate... why not?!
carrieann9016 carrieann9016 9 years
I will donate! To do nothing would be silly. You could save a life.
katiekat katiekat 9 years
I plan to donate
TMommy TMommy 9 years
My husband and I were thinking about doing a private banking but then I read that you only have a 25% chance of being a match to you own family's cord but as a Caucasian you have an 80% chance of being a match in the the public bank. I think it would be more useful to make sure our baby's cord goes into the public donor bank so that others can possibly benefit as we would if we needed it down the line.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Private banking is out of my budget, but donation is a way of giving a gift to someone in need. And it costs me nothing. There is so much advertising for private cord blood banking and so little information on donations. Thanks for the post.
millarci millarci 9 years
I didn't know that an umbilical cord could do so much. I will have to remember this if I ever have a baby.
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