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Take the first steps toward donating today
MAKE A DECISION
REQUEST YOUR KIT
To donate your babyís cord blood, you must request your free collection kit at least 4-6 weeks before your due date. You can request a kit by completing the online form. You should receive your Cord Blood Collection kit approximately 4 weeks prior to your due date.
If you plan to deliver at a hospital that is not a participating hospital, please visit the National Marrow Donor Program's remote site collection program website.
COMPLETE COLLECTION KIT FORMS
Your paperwork will arrive in the mail about
four weeks before your baby is due. Complete the family health history form
and consent form to indicate that you have decided to donate your babyís
cord blood. Then take them with you, when you go to the
hospital to give birth. All of the information you provide to our bank,
your blood sample and your babyís cord blood will be handled
confidentially by the Doctors, Nurses, Medical Technicians and other
trained staff at the ITxMCS Cord Blood Services.
You will also be asked to have a small sample of your blood tested. These tests are required to assure that the cord blood will be safe to give to another person, just as standard blood donations are tested to be sure the public blood supply is safe for people having surgery or who have been injured. All test results are strictly confidential. You will be assigned a random identification number, and the testing laboratory will only have that numberÖthey will not be given your name.
Cord blood collection is quick, pain-free, and will not interfere with the routine care of you or your baby. You will not be charged by your doctor, the hospital, the cord blood bank or NMDP website for any part of your donation.