Most public hospitals in Australia collect umbilical cord blood if requested.
This does not cost you, the mother or father anything.
It is recommended that you contact your local umbilical cord blood bank around your 34-5 week mark and make sure that your hospital accepts umbilical cord blood donations. If they don’t normally, there are still ways in which it can be organised without you travelling anywhere else or visiting another doctor or hospital.
What if I decide on the day that I really do want to donate my baby’s umbilical cord blood?
If the hospital that you are having your baby is a public hospital and normally collects umbilical cord blood then this shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you are having your baby in a private hospital and they don’t normally take umbilical cord blood, then this may not be possible.