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.
Your 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.
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.
When 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.
In 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.
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
In 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……
On a quest to learn more about cord blood banking, but short on time? You’re in the right place. There’s a lot of information out there for busy parents-to-be to digest. That’s why we put together a list of quick links to take you directly to the information you care most about.
Your 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!
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!
At ViaCord we talk to expecting parents every day and understand how exciting pregnancy can be. We also understand that a positive sign on a pregnancy test means a million questions. Rest assured we’ve got you covered with a list of useful questions to help navigate through your first trimester doctor appointments.
Our printable version makes it easy to grab the questions and go – no worries about forgetting to ask anything (pesky pregnancy brain!).You’ll leave feeling well-informed and confident in what to expect during this special time.