How cord blood donation works


Cord blood donation to Canadian Blood Services' Cord Blood Bank is free and easy. Cord blood collection begins after the safe delivery of a healthy baby. The process is safe, painless and poses no risk to mom or baby.

There is a small amount of cord blood left in the placenta and umbilical cord following the delivery of a baby. If not used it is discarded as medical waste. If the amount of blood left has enough cells to qualify for a stem cell transplant, we will process, test and store the donated cord blood unit for a future patient in need.


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