What happens after the cord blood donation?

Through Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Cord Blood Donation Program your baby’s cord blood is donated to a public bank, where it may be found to match any of the patients around the world who search the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry for an available match.

Is my name or my baby’s name added to the Registry?

No. Only the cord blood unit is added to the Registry.

How is my privacy and that of my baby protected after I have donated to a public cord bank?

The mother and baby’s names are kept confidential by the cord blood bank. The mother or baby’s name are never associated with the release of a cord blood unit for transplantation, which is the same policy used with all blood donation.

Will I ever find out if my baby’s cord is used?

If your baby’s cord is selected you may be contacted regarding the health status of your baby.

Is there any type of follow-up required?

After the maternal infectious disease markers are tested, if there is a positive result, the cord blood bank is mandated by law, in some instances, to notify you and the State Public Health department.

What if the cord blood I donate isn’t useable?

If a cord blood donation is not bankable for future transplantation, then it is either used for Institutional Review Board-approved medical research or disposed of as medical waste. The most common reason a cord blood unit cannot be used is due to insufficient cell count or volume.


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