Why Public Bank?
Public banking means that your baby’s cord blood is donated and made available to any patient who needs a transplant for treatment of childhood or adult diseases. The units donated to the public bank are made available to patients throughout the world.
Public banking is free of charge to women who choose to donate cord blood. Your identity and your baby’s identity are confidential and will be kept safe and secure. However, there will be information that we need to know about you, the baby’s biological father and your family’s health history to ensure that your donated cord blood can be safely used for those who need it.
Unlike other lifesaving donor transplants, cord blood transplants do not require an exact blood match – they can literally help anyone, anywhere no matter their ethnicity or race.
At Upstate Cord Blood Bank, your cord blood donation is stored in our state-of-the-art facility and made available for use by all communities, including local, national, and international. This blood may also be used to further research on the benefits and uses of the cord blood. A readily available supply of research cord blood from donors like you would enhance and expedite these studies, and could literally be the difference of life and death for thousands of people every year.
Why Choose Upstate Cord Blood Bank:
- We are centrally located in Upstate NY and serve the communities surrounding Syracuse, New York.
- We are located in a brand new 20,000 sq ft state-of-the-art LEED facility located at the Upstate Medical University Community Campus.
- Our selectively recruited staff for the Upstate Cord Blood Bank has a combined 200 years of experience in laboratory science, cellular biology, cord blood applications and clinical practice.
- Our state-of-the-art equipment allows for a closed bag system eliminating possible contamination of the final cord blood unit.
- We can securely store over 14,500 public cord blood units and 52,000 family cord blood units with room for expansion as the Central NY market grows.
- The Upstate Cord Blood Bank has future plans to expand services to include family and tissue banking.
- Being connected with Upstate Medical University and Golisano’s Children’s Hospital, we are in a position to take advantage of cord blood research opportunities to advance treatment of diseases and conditions.
Your donation is very important because it gives hope to patients in need of a transplant. We encourage all potential donors to speak with your provider about the process or any concerns you may have. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your cord blood donation.
What is the Process with Upstate Cord Blood Bank?
Upstate Cord Blood Bank makes Cord Blood Donation simple and convenient by providing information to families interested in donating their newborn’s cord blood for medical treatments and research. Upon receipt of the cord blood, we test and process each unit, documenting it in our database in accordance with applicable regulations and protocols.
Here are some things you need to know about the process:
- Donating cord blood is painless and it won’t disrupt your birth plan!
- Before your baby is born, you must inform your provider of your decision to donate your baby’s cord blood (public banking). You will be asked to sign a consent form and complete the necessary health and family history questionnaire.
- 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 Informed Consent and Health History Questionnaire.
- If you have questions about delayed cord clamping, please contact your provider.
Upstate Cord Blood Bank - 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 future transplant or research.
Cord blood donated to our public bank will be listed on national and worldwide registries 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 internationally. There is no fee associated with donating cord blood to the public bank.
Donate the Gift of Cord Blood
The use of cord blood is in high demand due to the great potential that stem cells have for treating many life-threatening diseases. Choosing to donate your cord blood with Upstate Cord Blood Bank can have a significant impact.
Be a hero, and make the decision to bank your baby’s cord blood for public use. Before your 36th week of pregnancy, please speak with your doctor about banking. For more information, please contact the Upstate Cord Blood Bank at (315) 492-2600.