Canadian Blood Services National Public Cord Blood Bank
Canadian Blood Services' National Public Cord Blood Bank collects 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 has 4 collection sites in 3 cities:
1. Ottawa, Ontario, at The Ottawa Hospitals' General campus and Civic campus.
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 the designated collection hospitals, 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. 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.
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.
For additional information you can also contact us at 1-888-2-DONATE or visit us on-line.