The Future is Now

As an expecting mother, you have a unique opportunity to be part of life-changing research through a small blood donation.

Your small sample can help advance critical technology for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Why is NIPT important?

  • It’s a simple blood test that provides a non-invasive alternative to amniocentesis.

  • Informs women about the health of their baby.

  • It’s safe for the mother and baby.

Quick Facts

What: Just a few small tubes of blood (up to 60ml)

Compensation: $50 Visa® Gift Card

Time: 30-45 minutes

Where: Any StemExpress Stem Cell Collection Center [link]

What happens to my sample?

We work with leading academic institutions and pharmaceutical and medical device companies around the world. Most maternal samples are used in the advancement of non-invasive prenatal testing. Look at the infographic below to see your sample travel from initial donation to patient impact.



1. Schedule an appointment

Call 877.900.STEM to schedule a donation appointment at a StemExpress Stem Cell Collection Center. You can also have someone call you.

  • Must be at least 18 years old to donate

  • A valid government-issued ID is required for your appointment

2. Informed Consent

When you arrive for your donation, a staff member will provide you with paperwork including an informed consent. The consent form is an important part of the donation process that goes over the procedure and future use of your sample. Our staff is always available to answer any questions you may have through the process.

3. Blood Donation

After you have signed your informed consent, a staff member will take you to a clean and comfortable collection room to complete a small blood draw. Snacks and juice or water will be available after your donation. As you exit, you can schedule your next appointment.

4. Spread the word!

The StemExpress Foundation relies on a community of donors motivated by a common mission to impact patient care and improve quality of life. You can continue to help us propel this great work by letting your friends and family know about our programs. Remember, you receive $25 for every three donors you refer.


What is the StemExpress Foundation?

The StemExpress Foundation provides blood donated by pregnant women or those living with significant medical conditions to researchers and clinicians to help them develop new treatments and cures impacting the future of healthcare.

Will I be compensated?

Yes, maternal blood donors are compensated with a $50 Visa® gift card for their time and effort at the conclusion of their appointment.

Is it safe to donate blood while pregnant?

Yes. Our donation practices are reviewed and approved by a third party Institutional Review Board (IRB) which ensures that our protocols and procedures protect donors rights and safety.

Additionally, each donor is evaluated by a medical professional during their appointment to ensure a safe collection is possible for that individual.

How often can I donate maternal blood?

Once every 8 weeks during your pregnancy.

How far along in my pregnancy do I need to be to donate?

10+ weeks

How much blood do you take?

Up to 60 mls of blood - very similar to the amount of blood taken for testing at a standard check-up appointment with your physician.

What happens to my sample?

Samples are sent to scientists, clinicians and researchers around the world relying on the cells in human blood to find new ways to treat and cure diseases.

Donations are used for research purposes only.

Will you protect my identity?

Yes. We label samples with donor identification numbers in place of names to keep our donors anonymous. We are dedicated to maintaining confidentiality.

Still have questions?

Our staff is happy to help. Call 877.900.STEM to learn more.