UCLA Umbilical Cord Blood Bank

Many hospitals in the Los Angeles area participate in both private and public cord blood donation and storage systems. It is up to the expectant mother to decide if she wishes to bear the lifelong cost of a private storage facility or to make her baby’s cord blood available to research and needy patients at large.

It is not a small choice and is best made with advice from the doctor and cord blood donation center.

UCLA Umbilical Cord Blood Bank
The mission of the UCLA Umbilical Cord Blood Bank is to support patients in need of a bone marrow transplant by banking umbilical cord blood from a variety of ethnic groups with continuing quality improvement and in an environment that fosters research.

Participating hospitals include UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, Long Beach Memorial, Garfield, and Daniel Freeman. Expectant mothers interested in donating cord blood to the program, please send them an email at UCLACord@mednet.ucla.edu and put “Donor” in the subject line.

Houston Cord Blood Banks

In spite of Houston’s size and renowned collection of research hospitals, only a private cord blood donor company was found. Mothers in the Houston area wishing to donate their baby’s cord blood to a public bank or research facility should ask their attending physicians or the OB department at their hospital.

Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates, P.A. (OGA) and FemPartners, Inc., of Houston, TX, says it is the largest women’s health care physician network in the Southwest. They offer comprehensive umbilical cord blood banking services to all patients through an exclusive agreement with Viacord, a subsidiary of ViaCell, Inc., and a leading company in cord blood stem cell preservation.

Through this agreement, all OGA expectant parents will receive obstetrical counseling and education regarding the value of umbilical cord blood stem cells and the opportunity for their collection and long-term storage with this private company.

Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates, P.A.
7550 Fannin
Houston TX 77054

Denver Cord Blood Banks

The Colorado Front Range contains well over half of the state’s population and this is reflected in the concentration of cord blood donor sites. Denver is the home of the University of Colorado Hospital, famed for its teaching and research.

Minority parents – especially Hispanics and Latinos – in the Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs areas have a unique opportunity that very few people in the United States have. Donating a baby’s umbilical cord blood gives searching patients one more chance of finding the blood stem cells they so desperately need to get their transplants.

Bonfils Cord Blood Services, a division of Bonfils Blood Services, is a private company that collects donated cord blood at the following hospitals in the Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs areas: Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Denver; Saint Anthony’s North, Westminster; Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton; North Suburban Medical Center, Northglenn; Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge; Boulder Medical Center, Boulder; and Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs.

Bonfils is one of eight cord blood banks in the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) extensive network of international organizations that help to facilitate marrow, blood stem cell and umbilical cord blood transplants for patients without matching donors in their families.

For more information about the NMDP, call 1-800-MARROW-2

Bonfils Cord Blood Services at 800/421-9529, ext. 2350.

Bonfils Cord Blood Services Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Center
717 Yosemite Circle
Denver, CO 80230
(800) 421-9529 ext. 2350

University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank
Denver, CO
Phone: (303) 372-2673

Collections for unrelated transplants only can be made at Denver University Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Columbia-Rose Medical Center and Denver Health Medical Center.

Alberta Cord Blood Bank

The Alberta Cord Blood Bank is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of umbilical cord blood stem cells for public use. These cells are used for transplantation in individuals threatened by cancer, lethal congenital anemias and other disorders that can be treated with bone marrow transplantation. The Alberta Cord Blood Bank collects donated waste umbilical cord blood samples from coast to coast in Canada.

Alberta Cord Blood Bank
Suite 780, Extension Center 8303
112 Street Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2T4
(780) 492-673
fax (780) 492 8704

Chicago Community Cord Blood Bank

Cord Blood donation in the Chicago area is remarkably organized compared to some other areas of the US. The bank serving the southern part of Illinois is included here, as well. Parents wishing to privately store their baby’s cord blood can contact the national chains like Viacord for donation centers.

The Chicago Community Cord Blood Bank, an affiliate of the University of Chicago Hospitals, accepts cord blood from qualified donors delivering their baby at a hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area (a 50- to 75 mile radius of the hospital). Approximately 40 cord blood samples are collected and banked each month. Qualified mothers may donate their babyÕs cord blood at no cost. For more information call 773-702-2871.

Chicago Area Hospitals participating in Cord Blood Services (800-486-0680) and The St. Louis Cord Blood Bank (SLCBB) include:

Gateway Regional Medical Center
Granite City, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673

Anderson Hospital
Maryville, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
Mattoon, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673

Blessing Hospital
Quincy, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673

Viacord Cord Blood Center

Viacord is a private processing and storage company established in 1993 to give expectant parents an opportunity to bank their children’s cord blood with comfort and security.

Viacord is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and registered in states with current regulations. Viacord has distinguished itself in the medical community through a relentless dedication to high quality standards.

Prior to launching their Cord Blood Banking Service, Viacord worked closely with the following institutions conducting extensive research and validation studies to set the highest standards regarding the collection, processing, and storage of cord blood:

  • Obstetrics Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA
  • The Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA
  • The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH
  • The University of Cincinnati’s Hoxworth Blood Center
  • Viacord
    245 First Street
    Cambridge, MA 02142
    Outside U.S. 617-914-3900
    fax 1-866-565-2243

    New England Cord Blood Bank

    Women delivering their babies at any of Boston’s famous “hub” hospitals – Mass General, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, ChildrenÕs Hospital, Tufts Medical School, Boston University Medical School, and Harvard Medical School – can expect to privately store their baby’s cord blood with either of the following commercial companies. Women wishing to donate the cord blood should discuss it with their OB to determine the best venue.

    New England Cord Blood Bank, Inc. (NECBB) is a private cord blood processor and storage company in Boston. They say that at their state-of-the-art facility they process, test, verify, cryopreserve, and store blood collected from the umbilical cord in their in-house Laboratory. The laboratory is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Health and has a CLIA Federal Laboratory license. NECBB is in the process of receiving American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accreditation.

    New England Cord Blood Bank, Inc.
    153 Needham Street
    Building 1
    Newton, MA 02464
    (617) 244-3933
    (888) 700-2673
    fax (617) 244-4483

    Alpha Cord Blood Banks

    Atlanta is a huge metropolitan region, with many fine hospitals and birthing centers. Expectant mothers should inquire of their physicians about non profit and public cord blood donations.

    Alpha Cord is an international chain of cord blood donor sites with offices in Columbia, France, Mexico, Turkey and the US. They provide discounted pricing in order to become part of the Alpha Cord network, allowing Alpha Cord to offer the most trusted names in cord blood preservation at a significant savings.

    Alpha Cord is a cord blood broker: they guarantee that parents will always pay less through them rather than other marketing outlets for the same laboratory. Parents should carefully compare the services provided by different outlets that serve the same laboratory. Current storage customers include:

  • California Stem Cell Bank at California Cryobank
  • Massachusetts Stem Cell Bank at New England Cord Blood Bank
  • New Jersey Stem Cell bank at Community Blood Services
  • New York Stem Cell bank at Cryobank for Oncologic and Reproductive Donors
  • New England Cord Blood Bank is currently accepting collections from AlphaCord
  • Contact:
    Alpha Cord Inc.
    Alpha Cord
    2200 Century PKWY #9
    Atlanta Ga. 30345
    fax 404-795-9126

    The Cord Blood Donation Process


    When a mother decides to donate her child’s umbilical cord blood she should firstly look for a cord blood bank in her community. In the event that there is not a local bank, there are a number of National Organizations that can help you donate.

    The cord blood bank will then ask the mother to complete a consent form and a health history questionnaire, as well as a small blood sample. The cord blood itself is collected after the baby’s birth.
    After the birth, the details of the donation will then be entered into a National Registry, which is available for Doctors to help find a match for their patients who need a transplant.

    Collecting cord blood poses no health risk to the mother or infant donor. The cord blood is collected after delivery and would normally be discarded. The cord blood is stored only with the mother’s signed consent, and no collection is made if there are any complications during delivery.
    After the baby’s birth, the umbilical cord is clamped, breaking the link between the baby and the placenta. Trained staff drain the blood from the umbilical cord and placenta. Methods vary somewhat at different hospitals. The blood is usually collected using a needle to draw the blood into a blood bag. The collection usually takes ten minutes or less.

    On average, about three to five fluid ounces are collected from the umbilical cord. If the amount is too small, there will not be enough stem cells to be used for transplantation and the cord blood unit (CBU) will not be stored. CBUs that do not meet the criteria for transplant may be used by researchers in the search for new and more effective medical uses for cord blood stem cells.
    The collected cord blood is taken to a laboratory where it is tested and processed.
    It is firstly tested for signs of infection or other possible problems. Clean samples are then tested to determine the HLA type, which is then listed on the National Registry.
    Often, the red blood cells and plasma, which are not needed for transplants, are removed so the CBU takes less storage space.

    If the CBU meets eligibility standards, it is then stored in a plastic or vinyl bag in a liquid nitrogen freezer. It can be stored for a long time. Studies have shown good cell recovery after up to ten years of storage.
    The cord blood bank always gets the mother’s written permission before banking the cord blood. The mother is also asked to provide a blood sample for infectious disease testing and to fill out health history forms. All information that would identify the mother or infant donor is kept confidential at the cord blood bank. The mother will be informed if tests performed on a sample of her blood or the umbilical cord blood show information that may be important for her or her baby to know for health purposes.

    Cord Blood Donation Advantages


    Rich in haematopoietic (blood-making) stem cells, cord blood can be frozen, stored, and used later, which makes it a better source of stem cells than bone marrow. Cord blood is also a better source of stem cells for transplantation because it is available when the patient needs it as opposed to when a matching donor can be identified and available for the patient.

    Cord blood has advantages over bone marrow. Unlike the stem cells contained in bone marrow, the stem cells found in cord blood are immature and more easily adapt to the new host. This makes for a reduction in the occurrence of Graft Versus Host Disease.

    Another benefit of using cord blood is that it is easily collected. An expectant mother arranges for her physician to collect the sample at the time of delivery. After the birth of the child, the umbilical cord is clamped, cut, and separated from the baby. While waiting for the placenta to deliver, the physician collects the cord blood. The whole process is painless and non-invasive, and it makes life-saving use of what has been traditionally considered medical waste. The collected sample is then sent to a specialized facility such as the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank for typing, storage, and registering availability to transplant centers around the world. Cord-blood stem cells are considered “purer” than adult stem cells because, being new and having existed in the closed system of the umbilical cord and placenta, they have not suffered the same exposure to disease and contamination as that of adult stem cells. If tests prove the sample unsuitable for transplantation, the sample still offers a valuable opportunity for research.

    Those interested in donating their own baby’s cord blood should call the Cord Blood Donor Foundation (CBDF) for an information form. Important – this should take place 60 days before the due date! After sending in the form, if the cord blood is approved, at the proper time, the CBDF sends a kit to the mom. At the time of delivery, the kit is taken to the hospital or remains ready in the home in case of a homebirth. When the cord blood has been harvested using the syringes in the kit and all is labelled, the kit is ready to mail. The CBDF has even taken care of postage! Basically, that is all the effort expended by the mom and if all goes well, a child with leukaemia can live

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