What is the Process?
Upstate Cord Blood Bank offers simple and convenient cord blood banking options for expectant mothers. We provide information to families interested in storing their newborn’s cord blood through a donation to our public bank or storage within our family bank for medical treatments and research. Upon receipt of cord blood, we test and process each unit, documenting it in our database in accordance with applicable regulations and protocols.
At Upstate Cord Blood Bank, we want to make the donation process as simple as possible for each of our mothers. Please visit this page, What is Cord Blood Banking?, to determine which option is best for you and your family.
Here are some things you need to know about the process:
- Donating cord blood is painless and it won’t disrupt your birth plan!
- You need to make a decision on whether you are going to donate to the public bank or the family bank.
- Before your baby is born, you must inform your provider of your decision to store your baby’s cord blood (public or family banking). You will be asked to sign a consent form and answer necessary health and family history questionnaires.
- When you arrive at the hospital for your delivery, please inform the staff that you are donating your cord blood. The staff will obtain necessary blood samples from you and review the consent form and questionnaires.
- We are currently collecting at the Upstate Medical University Community Campus.
- If you have questions about delayed cord clamping, please contact your provider.
Public Banking Process
Upstate Cord Blood Bank allows doctors to use the cord blood and its stem cells, which would otherwise be discarded as medical waste, for valuable lifesaving treatments and research. Cord blood banked for public use is collected directly after the baby's delivery. The umbilical cord is clamped and cut by knowledgeable medical personnel, and the blood from the umbilical vein is then extracted and put into a sterile collection bag. Between three and five ounces of cord blood is typically able to be collected in the bag, which is then sent to our state-of-the-art facility where it is processed, tested, and stored for the future should you need it.
Cord blood donated to our public bank will be listed on a registry called “Be the Match,” which maintains a large listing of cord blood units available for transplant.
Cord blood units that are not suitable for transplantation will be used for research locally at Upstate Medical University, nationally, and around the world. There is no fee associated with donating cord blood to the public bank.
If you have decided to bank or donate cord blood, please fill out the following forms and fax to (315) 492-2681.
Ready to donate your newborn’s cord blood or have questions? Please contact Upstate Cord Blood Bank for more information on how to get started at (315) 492-2600.
Family Banking Process
We appreciate your interest in our family bank option. We are in the process of developing our family bank program, which will be open in 2017. For the latest information on our family bank opening date, please subscribe to our social media or call the Upstate Cord Blood Bank at (315) 492-2600.