Cord Blood Donation

Give Birth to Hope

Donating your baby’s umbilical cord blood may offer a precious resource to a patient in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant. Umbilical cord blood is rich in blood-forming stem cells, which can renew themselves and grow into mature blood cells. Through our program, patients may have the opportunity to have their umbilical cord blood collected and stored in a public bank for use in transplant. Cord Blood is FDA approved to treat over 80 cancers and blood disorders, and can be used as an alternative to bone marrow if a patient cannot find a match. Cord blood donations that do not meet the banking criteria may be used in research.

About Us

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have jointly overseen the Cord Blood Donation Program since 2009, providing hope to all patients in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant. We partner with the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University where our donated cord blood units are stored until they are matched to a patient in need.

Our Donation Coordinators are available during office hours, Monday through Friday. Patients delivering outside our staffed hours may be able to donate, discuss with your care team to determine eligibility.

Cord Blood: Giving Birth to Hope

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