Thanks so much for your interest in donating cord blood.
Please look over the list below to check you’re eligible.
You can’t donate…
• if you’re carrying a surrogate pregnancy (ie you’re carrying the child to be raised by another couple)
• if you or the baby’s biological father has ever been infected with HIV, hepatitis B or C or human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV)
• if you’ve ever had malaria
• if you’ve ever had fertility treatment with human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)
• if you’ve ever received hormones derived from the human pituitary gland (such as growth hormones, follicle stimulating hormone, luteinising hormone or thyroid stimulating hormone)
• if you’ve ever had grafts (transplanted tissue) of cornea, sclera (both parts of the eye) or dura mater (part of brain/spinal cord) outside the UK or in the UK before 1985
• if you’ve ever had brain (neuro) surgery
• if you’ve ever been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (also known as CJD, vCJD, human mad cow disease or human scrapie)
• if you’ve ever had a tissue or organ transplant, including if the transplant didn’t come from a human (a pig heart valve, for example)
• if you’ve ever been given money for sex
• if you’ve ever injected yourself with recreational or body-building drugs
• if anyone you’ve had sex with, within the last 12 months, injected themselves with recreational or body building drugs
• if you’ve had sex with a known haemophiliac or anyone with a blood disorder in the last 6 months
• if you’ve had sex with a man who has ever had sex with another man in the last 4 months
• if you’ve had sex with anyone in the past 12 months who may be HTLV positive, or may be a hepatitis B/C carrier or who has suffered from Hepatitis A or Hepatitis E
• if you’ve had chicken pox, shingles or toxoplasmosis during this pregnancy
• if, during this pregnancy, you’ve received a ‘live’ vaccine, for example, for rubella or yellow fever
• if you’ve received a blood transfusion or a blood derived product since 1980
• if you have a history of disease of unknown origin, or have had a disease that couldn’t be diagnosed
• if you or your baby’s biological father has a history of rapid progressive dementia or degenerative neurological disease (Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, for example), including those of unknown origin
• if you have received immunosuppressive medications (steroids, immunosuppressive drugs, antimetabolites, antibodies directed against parts of the immune system) in the last 12 months
Eligible to donate?
Then register your interest – you could save a life.
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