Give birth to hope® by donating cord blood
Heroes are born every minute because a baby’s umbilical cord blood could save a life. Thousands of critically ill patients with blood diseases like leukemia and lymphoma are in urgent need of a life-saving transplant. Umbilical cord blood, which is typically thrown away, is rich with the blood-forming cells that can give blood cancer patients hope for a cure. Donating your baby’s cord blood to a public cord blood bank can help patients get the transplants they need.
Cord blood donation is safe and free
Cord blood donation is completely safe for you and your baby. No blood is taken from your baby. It’s only taken from the umbilical cord itself after your baby is born. Your labor and delivery will not be affected. And when you donate your baby’s cord blood to a public cord blood bank there are no collection or storage costs. Your baby’s cord blood will be listed on Be The Match Registry®, where it’s available for anyone in need of a transplant.
Learn how your decision could save a life
- Find out how umbilical cord blood can save lives
- Understand your cord blood options
- Read basic cord blood donation guidelines
- Review the cord blood donation process
- Find answers to frequently asked questions
- Hear from cord blood donors
Federal cord blood mandate
Be The Match® was selected by the U.S. government to operate the nation’s Cord Blood Coordinating Center as mandated by the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 (Stem Cell Act 2005) and amended by the Stem Cell Therapeutic Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Stem Cell Act of 2010). We work with public cord blood banks, doctors and researchers to continually improve cord blood transplantation and educate medical professionals and the public.