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.
- Wisconsin has state legislation around cord blood education that only mandates/encourages physicians to educate expectant parents about public donation of cord blood. The Wisconsin bill was enacted 15 Dec. 2005 and became effective 30 Dec. 2005.
California is launching a state wide program of cord blood donation for the public benefit by raising the cost of birth certificate copies $2 apiece. The program was authorized 30 Sept. 2010 by Assembly Bill 52 and may begin operating at the University of California at Davis as early as the summer of 2011.
Massachusetts has state legislation around cord blood education that is two-tiered. Hospitals are required to inform all pregnant women in the 3rd trimester of the opportunity to donate cord blood. There is also a public education program run by the Dept. of Health 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 Massachusetts bill was enacted 30 May 2005 and became effective immediately.