Cord Blood Banking – Does the Company Matter? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thumbnail _ Infographic 2_ DoesTheCompanyMatter?For over two decades, ViaCord’s approach to cord blood banking has been simple: apply the most advanced science to deliver the highest-quality stem cell collection and storage process in order to achieve the best results for families.  A simple approach, yet one that requires relentless commitment to the science and the families we serve.

With so many cord blood banks to choose from (341 – last time we counted), it’s easy to wonder, Does the company matter?”. [Spoiler Alert] The short answer is YES!   The fact is, not every one takes the same approach as ViaCord.

We break down the how and why a company matters in our easy to read (and share) infographic.

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Pregnancy Checklist – Preparing for Baby’s Arrival

pregnancy checklistYour little one’s arrival is right around the corner – yeah!  Now is a great time to run through a final check list of considerations and settle any nerves you may have about being prepared. Not to worry, you’re ready for this incredible journey….

Whether you’re a first time mom or experienced, an infant-care class will provide you with confidence in baby caring areas such as bathing, performing cpr and soothing techniques. To find a class in your area, visit the Red Cross website. 

Prepared Meals
Precooking and freezing meals in the weeks leading up to birth will pay off in the weeks following birth. Being able to quickly heat up nutritious meals will help keep you going (and healthy) in a time where taking care of yourself is not top of mind.

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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day | ViaCord Blog

Cerebral Palsy Awareness DayWhen you think about March you think of Spring,
St. Patrick’s Day festivities and all of the green that comes along with it. Did you know the color green during the month of March also represents Cerebral Palsy Awareness?

Throughout the month people are encouraged to become better informed and more aware of cerebral palsy – a condition that affects approximately 1 in 323 children every year.1 Cerebral Palsy is a general term used to describe a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as body movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. 2  There are several different forms of cerebral palsy and the condition is most often caused by brain injury or an abnormality in brain development. This can be a result of trauma sustained in the womb or during the early years of life.

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What are cord blood stem cells? How are they used in medicine? | ViaCord Blog

stem cell therapy word cloudIn recent years you might have heard about the use of stem cells in medicine. Despite the news coverage, it can be a bit difficult to understand how stem cell therapy works and when it can be used. We’re here to help.

What are stem cells?
Unlike any other cell in the body, stem cells have a unique ability to develop into different cell types. They are able to repair or replace damaged or diseased cells, making them a valuable resource for medical treatments and research.

How do I access stem cells?
Stem cells used in today’s medical treatments come from one of three sources: umbilical cord blood, bone marrow and peripheral blood.

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Cord Blood Stem Cells and Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease | ViaCord Blog

Cord Blood Stem Cell Clinical Trial

Researchers continue to probe for new possibilities using cord blood stem cells (a top reason why families bank). With their instant availability and proven usefulness in helping treat a number of diseases today, cord blood stem cells have become a valuable medical resource for doctors. Recently, the Mayo Clinic announced a Phase 1 Clinical Trial that will look at the safety and feasibility of using a newborn’s own umbilical cord blood stem cells as a potential additional treatment for the management of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). This marks the first stem cell clinical trial for pediatric congenital heart disease in the United States.

HLHS – A Challenging Road to Travel
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome has long been considered one of cardiology’s most challenging congenital heart defects. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention Center approximately 1000 babies (1 out of every 4,350) are born each year in the US with the condition.1 In HLHS newborns are born with severely underdeveloped structures on the left side of the heart. This results in the Continue reading

An Unexpected Gift Brings a Family Hope and Strength
A ViaCord Mom Shares Her Story | ViaCord Blog

Our FamilyIn the midst of learning about their daughter’s disease, Megan found out she was expecting again. Although it was a suprise, she and her husband, Nick, knew this pregnancy was meant to be – a precious gift with a big purpose.  Her newborn’s cord blood stem cells could potentially be used in a treatment someday for their daughter. Megan has been kind enough to share her family’s story with us, and we’re thankful to be a part of it.
This is their story told by Megan……

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You’re in the home stretch – so what’s left to ask? 10 Questions for your Third Trimester

Third TrimesterYour first two trimesters have come and gone and now the third trimester is underway – which may feel more like the last leg of a marathon! The prospect of meeting your little one can finally be seen in the distance and it’s normal to feel both excited and nervous.  During this time it’s important to continue your prenatal visits and ask questions.

Getting answers to the questions below will help ensure you feel comfortable and confident about the last twelve weeks of your pregnancy. Bring a printed copy with you to your next appointment!

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Growing baby, growing list of questions.
10 Questions for your Second Trimester | ViaCord

Second Trimester Questions
Second Trimester
means new questions about your growing baby. One of the most exciting questions you’ll get the answer to (if you so desire) is ‘What is the sex of my baby?’ There are also a lot of health related questions for mom-to-be that are important to address.

Like we did in a recent post for the first trimester of pregnancy, we’ve put together a list of helpful questions to ask your doctor or midwife. These questions are meant to help guide discussions and make you feel comfortable and well informed.  Don’t forget to print them before you go!

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