Donating Your Child’s Cord Blood – A Safe & Simple Procedure
How is Cord Blood Donated?
The collection Cord Blood is safe and simple. It begins only after the entire process of birth is finished - allowing complete privacy to mother and child at this most intimate of times.
Following delivery, after the baby’s umbilical cord has been cut, qualified personnel remove the cord and placenta (the afterbirth) to a sterile place where the remaining blood is collected.
The entire process takes 5–10 minutes and does not involve either mother or baby.
The unit is then sent for a three-fold analysis: to ensure it has not been contaminated, to ensure it contains enough stem cells to warrant being stored, and to fully map the unit’s genetic fingerprint for future matching. If suitable the unit will be frozen within 24 hours.
If the Cord Blood is not donated then the umbilical cord and placenta are simply disposed of as medical waste.
Who carries out the Cord Blood collection?
Umbilical Cord Blood collection is carried out in hospitals by specially trained personnel. These are experienced professionals – often nurses and midwives – who are not part of the staff during the birth itself.
Who pays the collection costs?
Families offering the Cord Blood of their child to one of Israel’s public Cord Blood Banks are not asked to bear any of the costs of collection, processing and preserving the Cord Blood unit.
The entire cost of collection and processing is covered by the banks themselves, gathered from either public or private funding.
Are there times when Cord Blood cannot be collected or stored?
Cord Blood is only collected with the full signed agreement of the parents. With that agreement routine blood samples from the mother are taken before birth and if any traces of infectious diseases are found, the Cord Blood will not be collected.
Other reasons that Cord Blood is not collected include
- if there is a history of genetic disease in the family
- if the pregnancy was the result of an egg donation
- or if there are complications at birth
In addition, after the Cord Blood is collected it is scanned to examine the concentration of Stem Cells present. Israel’s Public Cord Blood Banks only store blood with a concentration of 900 million stem cells per unit as set out by international standards. Any lesser concentration is deemed not suitable for transplantation and the unit will not be stored.
Where Can You Donate?
Israel’s public Cord Blood Banks collect units only from births in Israel’s participating maternity hospitals. Please see the list below and contact your nearest hospital if you wish to donate your baby’s cord blood.
Jewish mothers abroad wishing to donate their child’s Cord Blood should contact the public cord blood banks in their country of residence.
All units stored in the world’s public cord blood banks are made available to any patient, anywhere in need of a CB stem cell transplant.