More Information: For Committee Opinion #771—Umbilical Cord Blood Banking

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers, and patients on topics related to Committee Opinion #771 “Umbilical Cord Blood Banking.” These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG’s endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

ACOG Resources for Patients

Cord Blood Banking
ACOG's list of patient FAQs and patient education pamphlet (members only) on umbilical cord blood banking explain the advantages and disadvantages of using cord blood, distinguish between public and private banks, and list points to consider when making banking decisions.

External Resources

Be the Match
A registry of bone marrow and umbilical cord blood donors operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, Be the Match offers detailed information about cord blood banking for potential cord blood donors, including eligibility criteria.

“Cord Blood Banking for Potential Future Transplantation”
In this official policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes recommendations for health care providers and institutions regarding cord blood banking.

“Donating Umbilical Cord Blood to a Public Bank”
This article from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an arm of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), outlines the general timeline for public cord blood banking and what happens once cord blood is donated.

“Umbilical Cord Blood Donation FAQs”
These Frequently Asked Questions from AABB, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, address common patient questions regarding cord blood banking.

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