US Cord Blood Donation Hospitals
There are no hospitals collecting cord blood donations in your state. Please use the 'mail-in' search feature to select a program that will enable you to mail-in your donation.
- How does the Institute of Medicine influence cord blood education?
- Congress commissioned an Institute of Medicine study on the ideal structure of a national cord blood
program. Based on the IoM report, Congress passed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 that was signed into law 20 Dec. 2005. The key language regarding education is the requirement: Information provided to the maternal donor regard(s) all of her medically appropriate cord blood options. ie: Education of expectant parents and Informed Consent of maternal donors should cover all options, not just donation.
- Who is able to donate cord blood?
In theory, any expectant mother who passes the medical screening is eligible to donate. In practice, the biggest hurdle faced by families who wish to donate is finding a bank to accept their donation. There are only about 200 hospitals in the US that collect cord blood donations from births, and most of them require you to register for donation weeks ahead of the birth. The handful of programs that accept mail-in donations are opening this opportunity to the rest of the American public.
- Louisiana has state legislation around cord blood education that follows the Institute of Medicine guidelines and mandates/encourages physicians to educate expectant parents about ALL forms of cord blood banking. The Louisiana bill was enacted 12 June 2008 and became effective 15 Aug. 2008.
- Illinois has state legislation around cord blood education that follows the Institute of Medicine guidelines and encourages prenatal caregivers to educate expectant parents about ALL forms of cord blood banking. The Illinois bill was enacted 14 Aug. 2007 and became effective 1 Jan. 2008.
- Arkansas has state legislation around cord blood education that follows the Institute of Medicine guidelines and asks (but does not mandate) physicians to educate expectant parents about ALL forms of cord blood banking. The Arkansas bill is unusual because it also establishes a program where taxpayers can contribute a portion of their state income tax refunds towards the establishment of a statewide cord blood banking program (both public and private) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The Arkansas bill was enacted 30 March 2007 and became effective 30 June 2008.