Donate Cord Blood
Share the miracle of life by donating your cord blood
Each year, thousands of people are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases that can be treated with umbilical cord blood donated by healthy newborn babies. Until now, most umbilical cord blood was thrown away. Today, it is possible to donate your baby’s umbilical cord blood to help someone else. Did you know
- Leftover umbilical cord blood may help save a life
- Cord blood can be used to treat people with life-threatening diseases such as: sickle cell disease, leukemia, and immune system disorders
- Donating your cord blood is painless
- Donating your cord blood is free to you
There is a shortage of minority cord blood available for patients in need, which makes it difficult for minorities to find a good match. The National Marrow Donor Program is especially looking for donations from minority populations. To learn more about the ongoing initiatives to increase the diversity of cord blood donations visit the National Marrow Donor Program.
Illinois State law requires that hospitals share the following information with pregnant patient. Please review this umbilical cord blood donation and banking fact sheet (pdf) so you can make an informed decision about your baby’s umbilical cord blood. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you have questions.
If you wish to request a cord blood collection kit, please call ITxM Cord Blood Services at 1-877-GIV-CORD or visit the website at www.givcord.org.