Steps from registration to donation

Due to the COVID-19 situation, partner hospital centres, except for the Cité-de-la-Santé de Laval and the CHU Sainte-Justine, stopped, as of March 25 and until further notice, collecting cord blood for the Public Cord Blood Bank.

Registrations for donating cord blood are continuing for due dates in 2020 and 2021, exclusively at the Cité-de-la-Santé de Laval and the CHU Sainte-Justine. For all the other partner centres, it’s possible to register only for due dates in 2021.

You decided to give the umbilical cord blood of your child at birth? This precious donation will be made in three steps.


Pregnant women eligible to register to the Public Cord Blood Bank must:

You can obtain more information by calling 1-800-565-6635 or 514-832-5000, ext. 5253 or by sending an email to


A selection process has been developed for future mothers who wish to donate umbilical cord blood of their babies. It aims to ensure their own safety, that of the unborn child and that of the person receiving the transplant. The selection process takes about 15 minutes.


The collection of umbilical cord blood requires 3 to 5 minutes and is safe for the child and the mother. The cord blood is collected after the birth of the child, once the umbilical cord is cut, but before placental expulsion. The mother and the child feel no effect.