Bloodworks Northwest Cord Blood Program

Your baby’s umbilical cord connects your heartbeat to hers.

It’s how you give her life.


What if she could pay it forward?

After a baby is born, the umbilical cord is normally thrown away. However, this cord contains rich, blood-forming stem cells that can be used for a life-saving stem cell transplant.

Your gift of your baby’s umbilical cord can save a life.

Bloodworks Northwest is home to the first and only public cord blood bank in the Pacific Northwest. Our Cord Blood Donation Program has proudly banked over 14,000 cords for transplant and sent out 1200 units to patients in need.

Patients saved by stem cell transplants include those with:

Sosa’s Story

“When I was little, there was no cure for sickle cell. I didn’t know if I’d live to be 18.”

A double cord blood transplant gave Sosa the cure she needed to pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor.

He's already a hero.

Because his parents made the decision to donate his umbilical cord blood, he doesn’t need to wait until he grows up to make a difference.

He has that in the bank.

Cord blood saved Alexes’ life.

Professor Alexes Harris was diagnosed with leukemia and did not have a family or unrelated bone marrow match.

Her doctor enrolled her in a cord blood for transplant clinical trial.

Today, Alexes’ cancer is in remission and she’s back to teaching some of the brightest minds in America.

From nurse to mom to donor: Diana’s story.

“To be potentially able to help another person with my baby’s cord blood was something I just couldn’t pass up.

I informed my nurse that I was donating my cord blood to Bloodworks Northwest, and they really took it from there.

I’m expecting a second baby any day now and we are planning on donating this baby’s cord blood as well. The process was so easy the first time around that it’s not really a hard decision to do it again.”