Collecting cord blood.
We do not interfere with the normal process of labor or delivery. It is important to inform your healthcare providers, when you arrive at the hospital, that you are donating to the public cord blood bank.
Your baby’s cord blood will be collected by a Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank team member via the ex utero method (after your placenta/umbilical cord are delivered). It is collected from the umbilical cord using a sterile needle and bag.
We test a small amount of cord blood at the hospital to ensure it has enough cells for a patient requiring a stem cell transplant. If it does not qualify, with your consent, your cord blood can be donated for research instead of being discarded.