How Do I Donate Cord Blood?

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You may choose to register using either the English or French form:

if you are fluent in English

if you are fluent in French


Download and Print Paper Registration Forms Below

This option is available for English and French as well as ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, 简体中文, 繁體中文.

Follow these steps to donate your baby’s cord blood:

Read the cord blood donation kit for your city:

Give your completed consent form either to your healthcare provider during one of your prenatal visits, or bring it with you on your delivery day and tell your nurse you wish to donate.

Cord blood is collected Ex utero — meaning designated Canadian Blood Services personnel collect the cord blood after your baby and placenta have been delivered.

If your baby’s cord blood unit qualifies, a nurse will visit you to collect additional information before you leave the hospital which includes a second consent, a blood test from you and a questionnaire. Canadian Blood Services' Cord Blood Bank will follow up after two months and again in one year to ensure the health of your baby.

Free interpreter and translation services available in Punjabi and Chinese

Free interpreter and translation services are offered in Punjabi and Chinese for mothers whose first language is not English. These services are provided by board certified interpreters and translators who meet the highest industry standards.

Contact us via email at to request this service. We require 6-8 weeks’ notice to ensure all required forms are complete and received prior to your delivery date.

An information package will be sent to you in your preferred language. This information will allow you to read, ask any questions, fill-out, sign and return the Registration Form and Permission to Collect consent form prior to the birth of your baby.

Donating Cord Blood for Research

If your cord blood donation does not meet the requirements for storage in Canadian Blood Services' Cord Blood Bank, it can still be put to important use in biomedical research — helping drive lifesaving medical discoveries. If you are delivering at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus, you can indicate your interest in donating your baby’s cord blood for research on your consent form.

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