Singapore Cord Blood Bank

Cord Blood Donation Process

The Cord Blood Donation process can be completed in seven (7) easy steps as explained below.

Step 1 :
Speak with the ObGyn (Delivering Doctor) on the intention to donate cord blood.

The condition of the maternal donor varies with every pregnancy.  The maternal donor’s attending ObGyn would be able to advise the expectant parents if the current condition of the expectant mother is suitable for cord blood donation.  As the attending ObGyn will also be the person performing the cord blood collection on behalf of the SCBB, it is recommended to discuss this with him / her.

Step 2 :
Call SCBB at 6394-5011 for a Pre-Screening & Appointment after 32 weeks of gestation.

A pre-screening evaluation of the eligibility to donate will be conducted during a face-to-face meeting or telephone interview. Questions will be asked to ensure that the expectant parents and the baby meet SCBB’s established criteria for donation.  Family medical history, lifestyle and sexual history questionnaires will be asked. This will help to ascertain donor suitability before proceeding to the next stage of donation.

Step 3 :
Meet the SCBB Nurse Coordinator to sign the Volunteer Information and Informed Consent Form and Complete the Maternal Risk Questionnaire. 

(This step MUST be completed before going into labour.)

The next stage involves taking informed consent from the expectant parents. SCBB’s Nurse Coordinators will arrange for a counselling session with the maternal donor to understand the process of donation. The expectant mother would need to complete and sign the Volunteer and Informed Consent Form and Maternal Risk Questionnaire. The signed Volunteer and Informed Consent Form must be produced to the hospital’s Delivery Suite / Labour Room to inform the Hospital Delivery Staff that the mother wishes to be an SCBB Cord Blood Donor.


In the Delivery Suite / Labour Room!

Step 4 :
Affirm the Volunteer Information and Informed Consent Form in Delivery Suite / Labour Room.

When the expectant mother goes into labour in the Delivery Suite / Labour Room, the Consent Form that was signed earlier would have to be affirmed and signed by the expectant mother again. This is required before the collection of the blood samples from the expectant mother in the Delivery Suite and the collection of umbilical cord blood after the birth of the baby.

Step 5 :
Collection of Maternal Samples

This stage involves the collection of blood sample from the expectant mother before delivery. Approximately 30mls of blood will be collected and used for the evaluation of infectious diseases. This procedure is necessary to ensure that all cord blood units collected are free of any potentially transmissible disease and is safe for a cord blood transplant.


Await Delivery!

Step 6 :
After the baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, the cord blood is then collected before the placenta is delivered.

The collection of the umbilical cord blood is done after the safe delivery of the baby, and after the umbilical cord is clamped and cut; while waiting for the placenta to be expelled.  The attending ObGyn and/or mid-wife will be performing the cord blood collection on behalf of the SCBB, thus, protecting the Cord Blood Donor’s privacy during delivery.

Step 7 :
The collected cord blood and the mother’s blood samples will be brought to SCBB Laboratory for evaluation and processing.

The collected umbilical cord blood and mother’s blood samples will be kept in the designated SCBB Chiller in the Hospital’s Delivery Suite. These will be collected by SCBB’s appointed Courier at the designated times and sent to the SCBB’s Laboratory for evaluation, processing and cryopreservation.

There is minimal risk in cord blood donation as the umbilical cord blood is collected after the birth of your baby. There may be concerns about the sensitive nature of the questions asked in the Maternal Risk Questionnaires. However, SCBB requests for the understanding of expectant parents as it is required to protect the future recipients from any possible infectious disease, which might be life threatening to the recipients whose immune systems are already compromised.

Be assured that all forms and test results are strictly confidential and only the necessary authorities will be notified of the results, by law. However, if at any point of time the mother does not feel comfortable to answer any of the questions in the Maternal Risk Questionnaire and the other forms, the whole Cord Blood Donation Process will be terminated with no compromise to the attention and care given to the mother and baby.