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How does it Work?

You can donate publicly in four easy steps in Ottawa, Brampton, Edmonton and Vancouver:

Step 1 Download and read the kit in full.

Step 2 Complete the consent form and either give it to your healthcare provider when discussing donation at one of your prenatal visits or bring it with you on your special day of delivery.

Step 3 The cord blood will be collected in one of two ways:

  1. either by in-utero collection, in which a hospital physician or licensed midwife collects the cord blood after the baby is delivered, but before the placenta is delivered,
  2. or by ex-utero collection where designated Canadian Blood Services’ personnel collect the cord blood after the baby and placenta are delivered.
  3. Canadian Blood Services’ National Public Cord Blood Bank does not interfere with the natural process of the delivery of the baby.

The risks to a mother’s health and her baby’s health are very low, as blood stem cells are collected from the umbilical cord/placenta after delivery of the baby.

Step 4 A nurse will visit you at bedside to collect additional information before you leave the hospital. If your baby’s cord blood unit is bankable, the National Public Cord Blood Bank will follow-up in 2 months and again in one year to ensure the health of your baby.

We thank you for considering donating your baby's cord blood stem cells to potentially save the life of someone else in need.



Donating Cord Blood for Research

Sometimes the collected cord blood may not have enough volume or a sufficient cell count to be used for a blood stem cell transplant. Please note that this is not a reflection of a mother’s or her baby’s health in any way.

If available, you have the option to consent to donate your baby’s cord blood for research during Step 2 (above).

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