MultiCare, in partnership with Bloodworks Northwest (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center), makes it possible for new mothers to donate umbilical cord blood after their baby is born at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital or MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital's Family Birth Centers.
Bloodworks Northwest's Cord Blood Program is the first and only program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Cord blood is an important source for stem cell transplants that can be used to treat patients with:
Stem cells collected by the program are made available to patients worldwide.
Families interested in donating cord blood should speak to their MultiCare health care providers or Cord Blood Program staff about how to make arrangements. Cord blood collection is a completely painless procedure that does not interfere with the baby's birth or with mother-and-child bonding following the delivery. There is no risk to either the mother or baby. Cord blood collection rarely requires Blood Center staff to be present during the baby's delivery.
There is no cost to donate.
Bloodworks Northwest created its umbilical cord blood program in 1997, and today has program partnerships with 12 hospitals in Washington state and one hospital in Oregon. A partnership with the Hawaii Cord Blood Program encompassing six hospitals has resulted in the banking of many donations by Asian Pacific Islanders. These expanding hospital partnerships create the opportunity to meet the needs of even more patients requiring stem cell transplants.