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Frequently Asked Questions
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1. What is the National Public Cord Blood Bank?

2. What are blood stem cells?

3. Are there any benefits to using cord blood stem cells versus the other sources for transplant?

4. What are cord blood stem cells used for?

5. How will Canadian Blood Services National Public Cord Blood Bank benefit Canadians?

6. Where and when can I donate my baby’s cord blood?

7. What about donating from locations not designated to have a collection site?

8. Who can donate cord blood?

9. How do I donate my baby’s cord blood?

10. What is the donation and storage process for donating cord blood at the hospital on the day of delivery?

11. Are there any risks to my baby or myself?

12. Does it cost money to donate cord blood?

13. Is cord blood tested?

14. For how long can cord blood be stored?

15. Can donors meet the patients they are helping?

16. What happens if I do not donate my baby’s cord blood?

17. Will I be able to reserve my baby’s cord blood for my own family’s use?

18. Would Canadian Blood Services ever offer the service to transfer and store cord blood donations for private use?

19. I have heard there is a need for Aboriginals and mixed-race moms to donate?

20. What sort of experience in diverse communities will help build diversity when providing cord blood donations?

21. What is the validation phase?

22. What will happen to the donated cord blood during validation?

23. How else can I help?

24. What is Canadian Blood Services Cord Blood for Research Program?


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