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Donation Process

There are a few simple things that you need to do in order to donate cord blood. These include a medical history questionnaire, a consent form, a blood sample and maybe a follow up phone call. If you're considering donating your baby’s umbilical cord blood, call the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank at 314-268-2787 or 888-453-2673 to register and download the required forms here. This can be done anytime before you deliver.

Medical History Questionnaire

You must complete the medical health questionnaire regarding your pregnancy and the medical history of your family, preferably before your deliver. This form asks for information about your health, your pregnancy, and the medical history of your family. These questions are similar to the questions asked of volunteer blood donors, and some are of a personal nature. This information will be kept strictly confidential. Get a medical history questionnaire prior to delivery.

If you go to the hospital to deliver your baby before you are able to complete the form, inform the hospital staff that you would like to donate your baby's cord blood and they will provide a form to be completed at that time.

Consent Form

You must give us your written permission to collect your cord blood. This consent form permits your doctor to perform the cord blood collection. It also allows us to do the necessary testing to determine whether it will be stored for public banking or made available for research. The consent form will be signed at the hospital when you deliver your baby. If you pre-registered with us, a copy will be sent to your home for you to review before you deliver. See the consent form here.

Blood Sample

Participating mothers will give a sample of blood (about four teaspoons), which will be tested for certain infections, including hepatitis and HIV. This is done to reduce the chances of passing on an infectious disease through the transplantation of the cord blood unit. This blood sample can be obtained at the hospital when the nurse is starting your IV or collecting routine blood samples for your physician.

Follow-Up Phone Call

A nurse from the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank may contact you several weeks after your delivery to check on the health of you and your baby. If your child’s cord blood is identified as a potential match for a patient anytime in the future, an additional phone call will be made to check on the health of your child and family. This call is to obtain and update medical information only. At no time will you or your child be asked for additional blood samples.

After Registration

We will notify both your doctor and the hospital that you have registered to donate your baby's cord blood to our program. However, we recommend that you remind the Labor and Delivery staff when you go for your delivery that you want to donate cord blood.

If you received your information in the mail, you can give them the reminder post card that was sent to you. During the admission process you may be asked if you want to be a cord blood donor. In the event that you had not pre-registered, you can still donate and complete all the necessary paperwork at the hospital.

After Baby is Born

In the event your child becomes seriously ill, develops a genetic disorder, illness affecting the immune system or blood-related disease, we ask that you notify the cord blood bank as this could impact the patient receiving your cord blood donation. Contact us​ for information »

Your Privacy Protected

All information collected will be kept confidential. Your name, your baby’s name or other identifying information will not be disclosed to anyone outside the cord blood bank.

Quick Things to Remember About Donating Cord Blood

  • You should register before you deliver.
  • This is a donor program only; we do not privately store cord blood for families.
  • There are no costs involved in participating.
  • This is for single births only (NO TWINS, TRIPLETS, ETC.).
  • There is no risk to you or your baby. If the delivery becomes complicated, your physician or midwife will not collect the cord blood.
  • In the event your child becomes seriously ill or develops a genetic disorder, illness affecting the immune system or blood-related disease, please notify the cord blood bank as this could impact the patient receiving the stem cells for transplantation.