Donating cord blood does not interfere with the natural process of delivery. Blood stem cells are collected from the umbilical cord and/or placenta after the baby is delivered, there are no significant risks to you or your baby.
We test every cord blood for diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, the virus that causes AIDS), hepatitis B and C, human T-lymphotropic virus (HTVL), syphilis and West Nile Virus (WNV). Your cord blood will also be tested to determine its match to a potential patient, blood type and to confirm that the blood does not contain cytomegalovirus or hemoglobin abnormalities such as sickle cell disease.
We accept cord blood donations at four locations across Canada
Ottawa — at the Ottawa Hospital General campus
Brampton (Greater Toronto Area) — at the William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital
Edmonton — at the Alberta Health Services’ Lois Hole Hospital for Women
Vancouver — at the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre
Registration is as easy as 1, 2, 3...
Step 1: Get informed.
Review key cord blood donor information online or in your downloaded registration kit for your designated collection centre. Links to download forms can be found below.
Step 2: Consent to donate.
Give your completed consent form either to your healthcare provider during one of your prenatal visits or bring it with you on your delivery day and tell your nurse you wish to donate.
Step 3: Donate cord blood.
Donate cord blood. Cord blood is collected after your baby and placenta have been safely delivered. If your baby’s cord blood unit qualifies, a nurse will visit you to collect additional information before you leave the hospital.
Registration forms vary slightly by hospital collection locations. Select the form in your language preference below.
Free interpreter and translation services available in Arabic, Punjabi and Chinese
Interpreter and translation services are provided by board certified interpreters and translators who meet the highest industry standards. Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request this service. We require 6-8 weeks’ notice to ensure all required forms are complete and received prior to your delivery date.
An information package will be sent to you in your preferred language. This information will allow you to read, ask any questions, fill-out, sign and return the Registration Form and Permission to Collect consent form prior to the birth of your baby.
Donating Cord Blood for Research
If your cord blood donation does not meet the requirements for storage in Canadian Blood Services' Cord Blood Bank, it can still be put to important use in biomedical research — helping drive lifesaving medical discoveries. If you are delivering at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus, you can indicate your interest in donating your baby’s cord blood for research on your consent form.