Step-by-step guide to cord blood donation or private banking
The process to either donate and privately bank cord blood is relatively simple, but it does require preparation and initiative.
Before your 34th week:
- Decide what is best for your family – donating to a public bank or privately banking.
- Choose and contact a banking organization based on your decision. If you are hoping to donate cord blood, contact your chosen hospital as soon as possible to confirm that they are part of a public donation program which is linked with the national registry. If they are not, consider contacting a hybrid bank to see if they can help you. Healthwise you must meet certain criteria in order to donate your baby’s cord blood (example: not HIV positive, not a drug user, etc.) Please review these criteria in advance.
- Make necessary collection and transportation arrangements between the hospital and cord blood bank.
- Sign necessary paperwork and return it to the bank.
- Obtain a cord blood collection kit from the organization with which you’re working.
Before your due date:
- Pack your collection kit in the bag you’re taking to the hospital.
- Review the collection and transportation procedures.
At the hospital:
- Upon arrival make sure your delivery room practitioner is aware of your intention to collect your cord blood.
- Have the nurse or doctor collect the cord blood immediately after birth.
- Task someone to call the company’s courier to pick up the kit.
This step-by-step guide is intended to show the basic procedures to cord blood collection. Please be aware that specific procedures vary from bank to bank. Be sure to consult closely with the bank and your caregivers to determine that everything is done according to the proper protocol.