The birth of a baby holds with it a miracle most parents aren’t aware of — the ability to save a life. A newborn’s cord blood stem cells have the potential to provide a lifesaving treatment for others.

Cord blood is obtained from the umbilical cord only after the birth of a healthy baby. Cord blood is rich in blood-forming cells that can be used in transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and many other life-threatening diseases. It can be especially useful for transplant patients from ethnically diverse backgrounds who often have difficulty finding a transplant match. Since cord blood is stored frozen it is available for use as soon as a match is identified. Your baby’s donated cord blood stem cells may increase the likelihood of someone benefiting from a cord blood stem cell transplant. Additional information regarding cord blood banking is available through the Parents Guide to Cord Blood Foundation.

Parents Guide to Cord Blood Banking (English)
Parents Guide to Cord Blood Banking (Spanish)

There are two types of banks that store cord blood – public and private. Public banks store donated cord blood for potential use by transplant patients. The blood is listed in a registry by its tissue type, and the donor remains anonymous. If you give your child’s cord blood to a public bank, your donation may save a life, but you have no guarantee that you can retrieve the blood for use by your family later.

Private banks, also known as Family Banks, store cord blood with a link to the identity of the donor, so the family may retrieve it later if it is needed. The parents have custody of the cord blood until the child is an adult. The cord blood might someday be needed by the donor baby but there is no evidence that an autologous (self) cord blood transplant would be preferred to treat bone morrow failure, leukemia, hemoglobinopathies (such as sickle cell disease) and immunodeficiencies, because most conditions that may be helped by cord blood stem cells are already present in the cord blood (for example, pre-leukemic changes). The baby’s cord blood could be used by a relative who is a close enough match to receive a transplant from the donor; typically a sibling. There is a fee to collect the cord blood at birth, process and store the cord blood and an annual fee to store the cord blood. See a list of private banks.

In Missouri a public cord blood bank is the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank located at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis Cord Blood Bank and its partner at Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute in Kansas City, Missouri accept cord blood at no cost to the parents. Also, the delivering physicians, midwives, and delivery staffs at 33 participating hospitals in Missouri and Southern Illinois volunteer their efforts to collect the cord blood. Donated cord blood units are listed on national registries which can be accessed by physicians for their patients anywhere in the world. Cord blood donations have been used to treat over 70 different diseases. Thousands of children and adults are alive today because mothers have donated their baby’s cord blood.
For more information on the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank, call 314-268-2787 or 888-453-2673 or visit their web site

Find out more about Saint Luke’s Cord Blood Program.

Moms Who Deliver at an Affiliated Hospital

Below is the current list of participating hospitals.

St. Louis Region (Missouri Hospitals)

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
One Barnes-Jewish
Hospital Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63110

Perry County Memorial Hospital
434 N West St
Perryville, MO 63775

SSM Health St. Joseph's Hospital - St. Charles
300 1st Capitol Dr
St. Charles, MO 63301

Barnes - Jewish St. Peters Hospital
10 Hospital Dr
St. Peters, MO 63376

Progress West HealthCare Center
2 Progress Point Ct
O'Fallon, MO 63368

SSM Health St. Joseph's Hospital - Lake St. Louis
100 Medical Plz
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

SSM DePaul Health Center
12303 DePaul Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044

St. Anthony's Medical Center
10010 Kennerly Rd
St. Louis, MO 63128

St. Luke's Hospital
232 S Woods Mill Rd
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Mercy Hospital Jefferson
1400 US Highway 61 South
Crystal City, MO 63028

SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Fenton
1015 Bowles Ave.
Fenton, MO 63026

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - St. Louis
6420 Clayton Rd
St. Louis, MO 63117

St. Francis Health Care System
211 St. Francis Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

Southeast Health
1701 Lacey St
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


Missouri Baptist Medical Center
3015 N Ballas Rd
St. Louis, MO 63131

Mercy Hospital Washington
200 Madison Avenue
Washington, MO 63090


Parkland Health Center
1101 West Liberty Street
Farmington, MO 63640

Mercy Hospital St. Louis
615 S New Ballas Rd
St. Louis, MO 63141


St. Louis Region (Southern Illinois Hospitals)

Anderson Hospital
6800 State Route 162
Maryville, IL 62062

Memorial Hospital Belleville
4500 Memorial Dr
Belleville, IL 62226

HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Breese
9515 Holy Cross Ln
Breese, IL 62230

Alton Memorial Hospital
One Memorial Dr
Alton, IL 62002

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale
405 W Jackson St
Carbondale, IL 62901

Sara Bush Lincoln
1000 Health Center Drive
Mattoon, IL 61938

Blessing Hospital
Broadway at 11th and 14th Street
Quincy, IL 62301

OSF St. Anthony's Health Center
1 Saint Anthonys Way
Alton, IL 62002


Gateway Regional Medical Center
2100 Madison Avenue
Granite City, IL 62040

HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital
211 S 3rd St
Belleville, IL 62220


Kansas City Region

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

Saint Luke's East Hospital
100 N. E. Saint Luke's Blvd.
Lee's Summit, MO 64086


Saint Luke's South Hospital
12330 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66213

Saint Luke's North Hospital - Barry Road
5830 N.W. Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64154


Moms Who Deliver at a Non Affiliated Hospital

For those women who are delivering in a non St. Louis Cord Blood Bank affiliated hospital, the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) Network cord blood banks listed below offer cord blood collection kits to a limited number of women who are delivering at a hospital that does not actively collect cord blood from public cord blood banks. Women must meet eligibility criteria and their obstetrician or midwife must also agree to do the collection.

Contact any of these cord blood banks for more information and tell them that you would like to donate to the Be The Match Registry®.

Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710
1 (919) 668-1116

Lifeforce Cryobanks
270 Northlake Blvd.
Suite 1000
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
1 (800) 869-8608


M.D. Anderson Cord Blood Bank
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Unit 423
Houston, TX 77030
1 (713) 563-8000

Texas Cord Blood Bank
6211 IH 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78201
1 (800) 292-5534