Cord Blood Bank
The MD Anderson Cord Blood Bank is a public facility that collects, processes and stores umbilical cord blood to provide a life-saving product from something that's normally thrown in the trash. Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord after the baby is born. This blood is an important source of stem cells that can be used as an alternative to bone marrow to treat patients with many life-threatening diseases, including cancer. Collecting cord blood poses no danger to either the mother or the baby.
As a public Cord Blood Bank, we collect voluntary donations from mothers at several Houston-area hospitals who have given consent. Our inventory is available to transplant facilities worldwide for patients who require stem cell transplantation. Collaborating hospitals include:
- The Woman's Hospital of Texas
- Ben Taub General Hospital
- Memorial Hermann Southwest
- St. Joseph Medical Center
How to Donate
If you're interested in donating your child's cord blood, contact the Cord Blood Bank office:
Toll Free: 866-869-5111
You can also speak to the Cord Blood Bank staff on the Labor and Delivery floor of the collaborating hospitals. Help save the life of a cancer patient. Donate your cord blood today. Cord Blood Bank Brochure (pdf)
Cord Blood Association
The MD Anderson Cord Blood Bank is a founding member of the Cord Blood Association, an international nonprofit organization that promotes the work of the cord blood community for the purpose of saving lives, improving health and changing medicine.