California's Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program


The Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program (UCBCP) is a California state program created by a law passed in late 2010 that funds public cord blood banking by raising the cost of a birth certificate copy.  It is administered by the University of California Davis Health System.

Cord blood donations will be collected from multiple hospitals within five regions of the state that have high population density and high racial diversity.  Each region will be served by at least one contracted public bank.  Pilot collections began in Sept. 2012.  Stay tuned to see which banks are awarded contracts for these regions:

  1.     San Diego,
  2.     Los Angeles,
  3.     the Central Valley,
  4.     the San Francisco Bay area, and
  5.     Sacramento.

For more information, see the article by UCBCP director Dr. Suzanne Pontow in our newsletter.