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.

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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?