Umbilical Cord Blood Banking
Contact the Maternal and Child Health Section
Maternal and Child Health Section
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721
The term "cord blood" is used to describe the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and the placenta after the birth of a baby. Up until recently, this afterbirth was discarded as medical waste. Cord blood contains stem cells that may be medically frozen and preserved for later use in medical therapies, such as stem cell transplants or clinical trials of new stem cell therapies. Cord blood can either be donated for the public good or stored privately for the family.