Where to Donate Today
Upstate Cord Blood Bank makes donation easy. OB offices affiliated with one of our participating hospitals will provide you with our informational materials and donation forms during your prenatal visits.
Initial OB Office Visit
You will receive a "rack card" at your initial prenatal visit summarizing our cord blood donation program.
Please call us at 315-492-2600 with any questions regarding our program or facility.
Weeks 28-36 OB Office Visit
You will receive our Cord Blood Donation Guide that includes the Informed Consent and Health History Questionnaire that you will need to complete and sign. Using the postage paid envelope, mail these documents directly to the Upstate Cord Blood Bank. Upon receipt, our staff will check your forms for completeness and forward them to your delivering hospital.
Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the Informed Consent and the Health History Questionnaire!
If you are unable to mail your completed documents prior to delivery, you may bring them with you when you deliver at one of our participating hospitals. Upon admission, simply notify your nurse that you intend to donate.
All of our cord blood collection kits are stored at each of our participating hospitals; no additional advanced preparation is necessary.
In Syracuse, New York
The Upstate Family Birth Center offers a safe, comfortable place to welcome your baby into the world. The Upstate team will work with you and your doctor to provide the birth experience you seek, and further support you with physicians, neonatal nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, specialty trained nurses, and access to anesthesia on site, around the clock. Upstate's Family Birth Center team is highly skilled in handling routine as well as complicated deliveries. Should challenge's arise, the Center is equipped with surgical delivery rooms for Cesarean deliveries.
While in labor, you will be placed in one of six, spa-like private birthing suites, that all feature state-of-the-art birthing beds. Each room has a spacious bathroom, complete with a jacuzzi tub.
For those who would like to experience natural childbirth using alternative pain management, our skilled obstetricians and certified nurse-midwives offer various options including birthing balls, hydrotherapy, and welcome coaching by doulas.
Among pain relief options, we offer nitrous oxide use for labor and delivery pain relief. Nitrous Oxide is self- administered, east to use, fast-acting and has no lasting effect on mom or baby. It also does not interfere with breastfeeding.
Upstate is the only birthing center in Syracuse to offer the option of "VBAC" delivery- a vaginal birth delivery after a cesarean section.
Shortly after you've delivered, you and your baby will be moved to Upstate's newly remodeled post-partum care unit. You'll be in a large, private suite with a spacious bathroom and a sleeper sofa for an adult family member or loved one to stay with you and your baby. Upstate's Family Birth Center practices couplet care which means the mother and baby remain together, as a pair, while in the hospital.