What to Expect

Our goal is to make the program easy for parents and their birthing professionals.

Here is an overview of the program.

More detail is available upon request:  info@victoriaangel.org

STEP 1:  PRIOR TO THE 34th WEEK OF PREGNANCY

  • Both parents must complete and submit the registration forms and a medical questionnaire. This will be reviewed by our medical team.

STEP 2: ACCEPTED PARENTS:

  • You will be asked to confirm that your midwife/physician is willing to collect the cord blood free of charge (Most will do this).
  • Our staff will answer any questions about the program and the terms of the informed consent agreement with you. This can be done by phone or in person.
  • You will receive a free cord blood collection kit. If you are near Toronto General Hospital or Markham Stouffville Hospital, you can pick it up.  Otherwise, we will ship it to you.

STEP 3:  COLLECTION:

  • Take the collection kit to your baby’s birth and remind your health care professionals that you are donating the cord blood to a public bank.
  • After the cord blood is collected and packaged, our driver will pick it up from your hospital bedside.

STEP 4: LABORATORY:

  • The cord blood is received and inspected at our laboratory. Selected samples will be processed, tissue typed, frozen and stored for medical use.  Other samples will be dedicated to much-needed research.
  • Our staff will contact you by email or phone three months later to gather information about the health of mother and child.  No further contact is required after this time.