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Canadian Blood Services' National Public Cord Blood Bank will be collecting donated cord blood from volunteering mothers across Canada at designated collection hospitals. As part of Canadian Blood Services' OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, the data from all banked cord blood donations will be listed and available to all Canadian patients currently searching for an unrelated stem cell match. This same data will also be uploaded into an international database of publicly banked cord blood donations from cord blood banks worldwide for all patients in need of an unrelated donor.

Who can donate cord blood?

Pregnant women who are 18 years of age or older can donate their baby's cord blood with their signed consent. The expectant mother must pass a health screening to insure that neither she nor her infant has any diseases or medical conditions that could be passed on to a patient who receives a cord blood stem cell transplant. Expectant mothers may register to donate if they have reached 34 weeks or later in their pregnancy and are not having a multiple pregnancy (i.e., twins, triplets).

Where and when can I donate my baby's cord blood?

Canadian Blood Services' National Public Cord Blood Bank will consist of five (5) collection sites in four (4) cities:

1. As of September 30, 2013, collections for transplant began in Ottawa, Ontario at The Ottawa Hospitals' General campus and Civic campus.

In these remaining three (3) cities, pre- Go-live collections will begin in early 2014, followed by collections for transplant (Go-live) later in 2014. The three remaining collection sites are as follows:

2. Brampton, Ontario, in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), at the William Osler Health System Brampton Civic Hospital
3. Edmonton, Alberta, at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, Royal Alexander Hospital
4. Vancouver, British Columbia, at the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre

If you are delivering your baby at one of our designated collection hospitals in Ottawa, Brampton (GTA), Edmonton or Vancouver, please talk with your health care provider, doctor, or midwife during your prenatal visits about your interest in donating your baby's cord blood. They will provide you with information about Canadian Blood Services' National Public Cord Blood Bank. Alternatively, an information kit is available on-line.

On the day of your delivery, simply arrive with your signed 'Permission to Collect' form and let your nurse know of your intent to donate your baby's cord blood.

What is the validation phase?


Canadian Blood Services' National Public Cord Blood Bank will be conducting its very important validation phase in Brampton (GTA), Edmonton and Vancouver beginning early in 2014, until mid-2014, when the cord blood bank becomes operational in those three cities.

The validation phase is to ensure that the National Public Cord Blood Bank runs at the highest quality when it launches. During the validation phase, we must demonstrate that all equipment used for processing, freezing and testing, as well as the many processes needed to run the National Public Cord Blood Bank are functioning properly. This validation phase will ensure the safety of all donors and patients.

Please note that as of September 30, 2013, the National Public Cord Blood Bank completed the validation phase in Ottawa and became fully operational in that city, collecting cord blood for transplant purposes.

Does it cost money to donate cord blood?


There is no cost to donors to donate cord blood. All cord blood donations to Canadian Blood Services' National Public Cord Blood Bank are made through the generosity of each individual donor.

Contact Us

For additional information you can also contact us at 1-888-2-DONATE or visit us on-line.