A public cord blood bank
is a laboratory that collects donated cord blood from pregnant
mothers and couples that recognize that their newborn’s
cord blood can potentially save the life of someone searching
for a source of stem cells for a stem cell transplant. Once
at the lab, the cord blood is processed and HLA typed and
listed on stem cell registries.
The National Marrow Donor Program is the largest registry
in the United States and recently was awarded a contract
from the US government as part of the Stem Cell Therapeutic
and Research Act of 2005 (Smith Stem Cell Bill) to consolidate
the registries and make it easier and more efficient for
a patient in need of a stem cell transplant to find a donor.
If you are interested in
donating your newborn baby’s
cord blood the best way to find a public cord blood bank
in your area is to visit the National
Marrow Donor Program.
You can also ask at your labor and delivery unit or delivering
hospital if they work with a public cord blood bank.
If you would like to learn more about what it means to donate
your newborns cord blood, please visit the following sites
for answers to your questions.
The cord blood banks listed below are the banks that were
awarded federal funds from the Stem Cell Therapeutic and
Research Act of 2005 (Smith Stem Cell Bill) and are all FACT
accredited which is the highest standard of accreditation.
Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
Colorado Cord Blood Bank
MD Anderson Cord Blood Bank
New York Blood Center Cord Blood Program
StemCyte Cord Blood
Bank (Also a Private Bank)
St. Loius Cord Blood Bank