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Cord Blood Donation: What You Should Know

Our maternity care specialists offer cord blood donation as a free service to our patients, should they choose to donate their baby’s umbilical cord blood. Learn more about our maternity care.

Here’s what you should know:

  • What is umbilical cord blood? During pregnancy, the placenta and blood within it (cord blood) serve as a lifeline of nourishment from mother to baby through the umbilical cord. Though typically discarded after delivery, this stem cell-rich cord blood can benefit treatment and research efforts.

  • Whom does it help? Certain people may benefit from a stem cell transplant as part of their treatment for leukemia, immune deficiencies or other medical conditions. When someone who requires a bone marrow transplant cannot find a donor match, donated cord blood can serve as an alternative transplant source and a lifesaving treatment. Because cord blood donations are tracked, donors are notified if their umbilical cord blood donation helps save someone’s life.

  • How and when is cord blood collected? Cord blood collection takes place after the baby’s birth, so there is no danger to either mom or baby. The noninvasive, painless procedure does not interfere with the birthing process at all. If your doctor becomes concerned with the health of you or your baby, we forego the cord blood collection.

Contact Us

For more information about cord blood donation, contact the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital at (314) 268-2787.


To learn more about Blessing’s maternity care services, please call (217) 223-8400, ext. 8400.