Umbilical cord blood contains blood-forming stem cells. Usually, the cord blood is disposed of after delivery, along with the placenta. The stem cells from cord blood can be used for stem cell transplantations, for instance for people suffering from leukaemia (cancer).
The Cord blood bank is part of Sanquin Blood Supply. Like giving blood or plasma, cord blood donation is voluntary. The Sanquin Cord blood bank is a public not-for-profit blood bank.
It is currently only possible to donate cord blood in a hospital or birth centre that works with us. You need to register for this in advance. The Sanquin Cord blood bank works together with a number of Midwife practices, birth centres and departments of Obstetrics/Gynaecology in hospitals in the regions Leiden, The Hague, Amsterdam, Breda and Utrecht.
Storing cord blood
In Leiden, where the Sanquin Cord Blood Bank is established, we store stem cells from umbilical cord blood. The cord blood is donated directly after the baby is born, once the umbilical cord has been cut. It is entirely painless and without any risk.