New Jersey


New Jersey was the first state to have a state wide program of collecting cord blood donations for the public.  It was established by executive order of then-Governor Codey on 18 Oct. 2005 and funded with $350,000 over two years.  As of 26 May 2007, the program became known as the "New Jersey Cord Blood Bank" and was consolidated under Community Blood Services in Allendale, NJ (press release).

New Jersey 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 New Jersey bill was enacted 7 Jan. 2008 and became effective 7 Apr. 2008.

By 2008, NJCBB was collecting cord blood from 25 hospitals in New Jersey, 16 hospitals in New York,  2 hospitals in Delaware, and 1 hospital in Rhode Island. 

However, in 2009 it became clear that NJ was running one of the largest state deficits in the nation and could not continue to support the public banking program.  In 2010, NJCBB eliminated all of their collection sites in NY and cut back to 5 staffed collection sites in NJ at hospitals that have large fractions of minority births which meet the criteria for reimbursement by a HRSA grant.  They continued to collect from 1 hospital in RI, 2 in DE via a charity partnership, and 2 in MD via a charity partnership.

Since 2011, the NJ list is down to 3 hospitals, but the sites in RI, DE, and MD continue because the partnership support makes them affordable.