Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells. For certain people with life-threatening diseases, a transplant of stem cells from cord blood or marrow may represent the best hope for survival. The volume of stem cells needed for transplant varies with a patient's size. Two cord blood units are usually sufficient for transplant to an adult; one unit may be enough for a child.
Michigan's Cord Blood Bank is one of only 16 public cord blood banks in the United States and was Michigan's first, established in 1999. Cord blood donated through the Cord Blood Bank is listed on international databases to help patients anywhere in the world.
Donating cord blood is safe, easy, free and anonymous.
- Does not interfere with birthing
- After uncomplicated delivery, the doctor collects blood and sends it to the cord blood bank
- No risk or pain for mother or baby
- No charge to donate
- Donors' names are not revealed to recipients
How to donate cord blood:
- Fill out the preliminary screening form or call 866-MIBLOOD (1-866-642-5663) to complete a preliminary screening over the phone
- Print the screening form and send to: Michigan Blood, P.O. Box 1704, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
- Or, fax to: 616-233-8559
Within 12 weeks of your due date, a donation kit will arrive by mail. Fill out the donation paperwork and mail it back to the Cord Blood Bank. We will then mail instructions to your doctor. Make sure you take the collection kit to the hospital with you when your delivery time arrives.
Where to donate:
- Bronson Methodist Hospital - Kalamazoo, MI
- Covenant Medical Center Harrison - Saginaw, MI
- Holland Hospital - Holland, MI
- Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital - Grand Rapids, MI