What is cord blood?
Cord blood is the blood left over in the umbilical cord and placenta once a baby is born. Cord blood is normally thrown out after birth.
Why is cord blood important?
This blood is found to be rich source of stem cells and is currently used as an alternative to bone marrow in treating a number of life threatening diseases.
How much does it cost?
It is free to donate your cord blood to the Texas Cord Blood Bank (TCBB).
How can I donate?
If you are delivering at one of our participating hospitals, all you need to do is notify your nurse of your wish to donate when you are admitted. All of our kits and paperwork are kept on site for your convenience; no advance preparation is necessary.
How do I know if I am eligible to donate?
Most healthy moms are able to donate their cord blood. You may also contact us at 800-292-5534 ext 1865 or by email for more information.
What happens to my cord blood after I donate?
The cord blood is transported to TCBB for further testing and processing before it is stored in frozen liquid nitrogen. Units not meeting banking criteria may be considered for use in quality controls or research.
Who has access to my cord blood?
Every unit that meets banking criteria will be listed on the national registry and accessible worldwide for patients in need.