UNC Women's Hospital


Carolinas Cord Blood Bank (CCBB) accepts MAIL-IN DONATIONS FROM NORTH CAROLINA ONLY.  The program has been profiled in TIME magazine.  Expectant mothers must register by the 34th week of pregnancy and pass a health screening. Mothers who are accepted into the program receive a collection kit to bring to the hospital. The mother's caregiver is required to watch a 10 minute training video about cord blood collection procedures.

CCBB collects donations at select hospitals in North Carolina and one in Boston, MA. No pre-registration is necessary for mothers who deliver at any of these staffed collection sites.

Expectant parents who have a child in need of a cord blood transplant may be eligible for directed donation through CCBB. For more information, call CCBB at 919-668-116.

The Director of CCBB is Joanne Kurtzberg M.D., of Duke University. CCBB is accredited under the international FACT/Netcord standards. In Oct. 2012 they became one of the first US banks to obtain an FDA license for their cord blood product, which they have named DUCord™.

The CCBB uses the state of the art, fully automated Sepax processing system from Biosafe.  The Sepax processing kit is a sterile, single-use, functionally closed system, so that the cord blood never comes into contact with the external environment.

Carolinas Cord Blood Bank only saves collections that contain a minimum of one billion mononuclear cells (since 2006).  This high selection threshold ensures that bank resources are only used to process and store collections which have a high probability of being used for transplant.  To help achieve these high collection volumes, the collection staff drain blood from the placenta in addition to the umbilical cord.  Smaller collections are used for research programs.

Collection hospitals as of August 2014:

  1. Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
  2. Duke Regional Hospital - Durham, NC
  3. UNC Women's Hospital - Chapel Hill, NC   
  4. CMC-NorthEast - Concord, NC  
  5. Rex Hospital - Raleigh, NC   
  6. Moses Cone Women's Hospital - Greensboro, NC
  7. Womack Army Medical Center - Fort Bragg, NC
  8. Grady Memorial Hospital - Atlanta, GA
  9. Brigham and Women's Hospital - Boston, MA