Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast offers high-quality maternity services in the newly renovated Mariam Cannon Hayes Family Center. We are committed to providing personalized, family-centered care to meet the needs of you and your family.
Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast offers a variety of classes to prepare you and your family for the birth of your child, including breastfeeding basics, boot camp for new dads, infant safety, taking care of baby and more. See our list of classes and events.
Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast is one of eight hospitals in North Carolina participating in public umbilical cord blood collection and the only hospital in the greater Charlotte metro area to provide this service at delivery. More than 30,000 transplants have been performed worldwide for children and adults using cord blood. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood can treat more than 60 different malignant and genetic diseases, including types of cancers, blood disorders, immunodeficiencies, and more.
Public cord blood banking is free and allows your donation of cord blood to be available for patients in need of a transplant. If you choose to donate, and if the cord blood meets certain criteria, the cord blood will be collected, stored at Carolinas Cord Blood Bank and listed on the Match registry which includes nearly 180,000 cord blood units.
Collecting cord blood will not change your labor or delivery in any way. During delivery, the focus is on you and your baby. Collections take place after vaginal or cesarean births. No blood is taken from the baby, only from the umbilical cord after the baby is born. Because collection occurs after the cord has been clamped and cut, there is no risk or pain to the infant or mother. The blood is drained from the umbilical vein into a collecting bag. This process takes less than ten minutes.
Interested in donating?
Healthy women delivering only one baby make the best prospective donors. Patients are more likely to match with someone who shares their racial or ethnic heritage. We strongly encourage donations from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Let your doctor or nurse know as soon as possible that you are interested in donating. Chances are good that you will be able to donate if you are healthy and delivering one baby. Blood will be collected and sent overnight to Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University Medical Center. Names of public cord blood donors are not shared. Learn more.
For more information, email our Cord Blood Coordinator, or call 704-403-6687.