Cord Blood Donation – Frequently Asked Questions
Are umbilical cord blood cells the same as embryonic stem cells?
No. Umbilical cord blood cells are harvested from the umbilical cord and placenta after the birth of a healthy baby, not from the embryo.
What if I decide a month, or two weeks, or even the day of my delivery that I want to donate?
If you are interested in donating you should contact the cord blood bank by your 34th week of pregnancy. Please contact the Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas (CBBA) at 855-854-2222 or 501-686-6271 to set up the collection of your cord blood.
Are cord blood transplant patients ever given information about their donor?
No. Identifying information is never exchanged between a cord blood donor and a cord blood transplant recipient.
Will donating my baby’s umbilical cord blood change my delivery experience?
Donating cord blood will not change your labor or delivery in any way. No blood is taken from your baby, only from the cord and placenta after the baby is born.
How is my privacy and that of my baby protected after I have donated to a public cord blood bank?
The cord blood bank keeps the mother’s name confidential and protects the privacy of the family. Names are not shared with any patient or transplant center. The baby’s cord blood is identified by a number, never by name.
How can I support the mission of the Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas?
Join the Friends of the Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas, a group of volunteers dedicated to better health care in our state. You can make a donation of any amount using the form and mailing your gift to the address provided or by donating online. Private support is essential to the establishment of the Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas. Some employers will match charitable contributions, so check with your employer if you are interested in making a contribution.
Please make a gift today to save a life tomorrow.