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How does it Work?

You can donate to the National Public Cord Blood Bank in Ottawa, Brampton, Edmonton and Vancouver in four easy steps:

Step 1 Read the information kit in full. The information kit can be obtained below or from your health care provider.

Ottawa information kit


Brampton, Edmonton & Vancouver information kit


Step 2 Complete the consent form. Either provide it to your healthcare provider at one of your prenatal visits (he/she will forward a copy to the hospital where you will deliver your baby) or bring it with you to the hospital 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.

There are no significant risks related to participating in the National Public Cord Blood Bank. Cord blood collection takes place after delivery after delivery of your baby.There are no significant risks related to participating in the National Public Cord Blood Bank. Cord blood collection takes place after delivery after delivery of your baby.

Step 4 A nurse may 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.

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Donating Cord Blood for Research

Sometimes the collected cord blood may be found unsuitable for storage in the National Public Cord Blood Bank. If your baby’s cord blood cannot be stored in the National Public Cord Blood Bank, it could still be used for biomedical research, rather than being discarded.

In partnership with The Ottawa Hospital, Canadian Blood Services has developed the Cord Blood for Research Program to distribute to biomedical researchers the cord blood that does not meet the criteria for storage in the National Public Cord Blood Bank.

If you are planning on delivering your baby at The Ottawa Hospital (Civic or General Campuses), you have the option to consent to donate your baby’s cord blood to the Cord Blood for Research Program during Step 2 (above). For information on how to donate your baby’s cord blood to this program, please read the “Information for Cord Blood Donation for Biomedical Research” pamphlet provided in the information kit.

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