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, after your baby is born your baby's cord blood can be 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.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have jointly overseen the Cord Blood Donation Program for the past ten years, 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.