Donate Cord Blood

Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, and for people with certain life-threatening diseases, a transplant of blood stem cells from cord blood or marrow may be their best hope for survival. The volume of stem cells needed for a transplant is dependent on the size of the patient. Two cord blood units are usually sufficient for transplant to an adult, while one unit may be enough for a child.

Michigan Blood’s Cord Blood Bank is one of only 20 public cord blood banks in the US and was the first in Michigan when it opened in 1999. Cord Blood donated to Michigan Blood’s Cord Blood Bank is listed on US and international databases to help patients anywhere in the world.

  • Donating Cord Blood is save, easy, free, and anonymous.
  • It does not interfere with the baby’s birth.
  • After an uncomplicated delivery, the doctor collects the remaining cord blood and sends it to the Cord Blood Bank.
  • There is no risk or pain for mom or baby.
  • There is no charge to donate.
  • Donor’s names are not revealed.

Call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) toll-free in Michigan or 616-233-8604 to complete a preliminary screening over the phone. Within 12 weeks of your due date, a donation kit will arrive by mail. Fill out the donation paperwork and mail it back to the Cord Blood Bank. The Cord Blood Bank will then mail instructions to your doctor. Make sure to bring the collection kit with you to the hospital when you are ready to deliver.