Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding: It ’s your choice
Pregnant women can be overwhelmed with questions about what motherhood will be like. And often one of the top concerns is deciding whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. What makes the experience special is that moms can choose how to feed her babies based on what feels best for her body and her baby. Most babies are able on to latch to mom’s breast for feeding shortly after birth. Once placed on mom’s chest for some skin-to-skin time, they wiggle themselves over to mom’s breast where they’ll latch on to begin their first feeding. While some moms experience the ease of the baby doing all the work to ...
Source: Cord Blood News - October 8, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies Source Type: blogs

Who ’ s in the delivery room with you?
When I was born, there was no choice: dads were outside of the delivery room with cigars and dimes for the pay phone (ok, so I’m old…).  When my children were born, of course, my husband was there the whole time (ok, not that helpful but there..) Now, the question is: Who should be in the delivery room? There is a lot of conversation about the whole extended family attending the blessed event, and it sounds so lovely until I visualize myself in “that position” with my second cousin twice removed as a witness. Seriously, the discussions really surround the decision to let one or two other close...
Source: Cord Blood News - September 24, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies parents pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Birth Plans and Options
Where will your baby come into the world (and into your arms)? Will it be in your own bed at home? In a high-tech hospital birthing room? In a family-focused birthing center? How will you be doing that birthing? In water? While squatting? On your hands and knees? How about the environment around you? Do you want the lights to be dimmed? The noise level in the birthing room to be hushed? The background music to come from your favorite CD? These days, you’ve got plenty of childbirth locales to choose from, not to mention plenty of birthing options once you get there. Assuming the choice is yours to make (sometimes it&r...
Source: Cord Blood News - September 17, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies brain development medical research parents pregnancy stem cells cord blood treatment for Leukemia private cord blood bank Source Type: blogs

Epidurals – What are they? Are they for you?
Whether you’ve known from day one that you’d be asking for an epidural or have your heart set on a medicine-free birth, here’s the lowdown on epidurals and how they can take some of the pain out of labor and delivery. Remember that we are all individuals and our different thresholds of pain span the gamut from high to low.  It is fortunate that for those who want medication, it is available.  An article released on Kid’s Health on epidurals offers a comprehensive look at what epidurals are, how they work, and who can best benefit from them.   There are many big decisions that you...
Source: Cord Blood News - September 10, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies brain development Cord Blood medical research parents pregnancy stem cells Source Type: blogs

Moms talk about Braxton Hicks
Braxton Hicks are certainly a pain in the (censored)! Are you in labor? Do you go to the hospital? Is it false labor? Parents.com wants to answer these questions for you.  In an article about Braxton Hicks, they discuss Braxton Hicks, why you’re getting them, and the difference between them and labor symptoms.  When you’re pregnant, you likely do a lot of research about all of the things you need to do to prepare. One of the things you should spend time researching is cord blood/tissue banking. Not sure where to start? Download our free info packet.  The post Moms talk about Braxton Hicks appeare...
Source: Cord Blood News - September 3, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies parents pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Can a chemical in breast milk dissolve tumors?
Recently, a study conducted by Motol University Hospital in Prague discovered a chemical that breaks up cancerous tumors inside patient’s bladders, allowing the tumor fragments to pass in their urine without any discomfort or causing damage to other tissue cells. A study of 20 bladder cancer patients has shown proof of this after only a few doses of the chemical. What’s even more exciting, is that this chemical, Alpah1H, is naturally found in human breast milk! Although a pharmaceutical company is working to produce this chemical for further research, we are off to a great start knowing that we have the potenti...
Source: Cord Blood News - August 27, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Health medical research Source Type: blogs

Fetal Movement During Every Trimester
Feeling your baby twist, wriggle, punch, kick, and hiccup is simply one of pregnancy’s biggest thrills (and it sure beats heartburn, puffy feet, an aching back, and some of the other hallmarks of these nine months). There may be no better proof that a brand-new — and impressively energetic — life is developing within you. But fetal movement during pregnancy can also drive a mom-to-be batty with questions and doubts: Is my baby kicking enough? Too much? Does my baby have four legs (because it sure feels that way when the kicking starts)? Although every baby is different when it comes to fetal movement, and...
Source: Cord Blood News - August 13, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies brain development parents pregnancy private cord blood bank Source Type: blogs

How long can cord blood be stored?
This common question comes up often when researching cord blood banking. Why do some banks only offer, 18, 20 or 25 years when other banks offer lifetime banking? Here’s what we know: Cord blood is rich in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). These cord blood stem cells produce the cellular ingredients necessary for the blood and the immune system and are crucial for transplants. When stem cells are stored, they are done so in a cryopreserved frozen state. The question often asked is, “how long can the stem and progenitor cells be maintained in frozen form and still be viable when they are thawed?” According ...
Source: Cord Blood News - August 2, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood medical research stem cells Source Type: blogs

Cord Blood Stem Cells Help Young Boy with Tetra Spastic Cerebral Palsy
Tomas’s mom developed pre-eclampsia, a hypertension disorder sometimes developed during pregnancy which can cause serious health risks for both mom and baby, during her fifth month of pregnancy. This high blood pressure pregnancy complication affects kidney and liver function and when left untreated, can lead to blood clotting failure, fluid buildup in the lungs, seizures and in severe cases, death. With this diagnosis, Tomas’s mom was put on immediate bed rest to try and relieve her pre-eclampsia symptoms. Just when she was feeling some relief, Tomas’s mom received the unfortunate news that her baby&rsqu...
Source: Cord Blood News - July 30, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies Cord Blood medical research pregnancy stem cells Source Type: blogs

Fetal Movement During Pregnancy
Feeling your baby twist, wriggle, punch, kick, and hiccup is simply one of pregnancy’s biggest thrills (and it sure beats heartburn, puffy feet, an aching back, and some of the other hallmarks of these nine months). There may be no better proof that a brand-new — and impressively energetic — life is developing within you. But fetal movement during pregnancy can also drive a mom-to-be batty with questions and doubts: Is my baby kicking enough? Too much? Does my baby have four legs (because it sure feels that way when the kicking starts)? Although every baby is different when it comes to fetal movement, and...
Source: Cord Blood News - July 24, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies brain development parents pregnancy private cord blood bank Source Type: blogs

How long can cord blood be stored?
This common question comes up often when researching cord blood banking. Why do some banks only offer, 18, 20 or 25 years when other banks offer lifetime banking? Here’s what we know: Cord blood is rich in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). These cord blood stem cells produce the cellular ingredients necessary for the blood and the immune system and are crucial for transplants. When stem cells are stored they are done so in a cryopreserved frozen state. The questions remains “how long can the stem and progenitor cells be maintained in frozen form and still be viable when they are thawed?” According to Dr. H...
Source: Cord Blood News - July 24, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood medical research stem cells Source Type: blogs

Miracle Sister: Stem Cells Saved Her Life
When leukemia took over young Elham’s health in 2014, her parents were devastated. At just 12 years-old, she would experience pain that no child her age should know. Lost and unsure of how to help their daughter, they didn’t realize that after many unsuccessful tries, their miracle would be what was growing inside of Elham’s mom’s belly. After undergoing three unsuccessful rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, Elham’s doctors suggested a second option for treatment: a bone marrow transplant, recommended for its hematopoietic stem cells which are known for their ability to replace diseased blood c...
Source: Cord Blood News - July 16, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood stem cells Source Type: blogs

Her Brother ’s Cord Blood Saved Her Life
Just after she was born, Cameron was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia (FA), an inherited genetic disorder that attacks cells in bone marrow, eventually leading to bone marrow failure. The prognosis she was given by her doctors caused her family great concern, as most children with this condition do not live into adulthood. At 9 years old, Cameron’s health began to rapidly decline. Her doctors agreed that she should undergo a stem cell transplant in order to remove the FA-infected blood cells and replace them with new, healthy blood cells. Her family was relieved to hear that stem cells could be used for treatment becaus...
Source: Cord Blood News - July 2, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: blood disorder Cord Blood medical research Source Type: blogs

Personal Space Changes During Pregnancy
As a woman progresses through pregnancy, a study has shown that her sense of personal space also expands, along with her growing belly. Using a “touch and sound test” at various stages of pregnancy, it was noted that the farther along mom-to-be was, the bigger her sense of personal space was as well. As a baby develops, mom’s body goes through many changes. Not only does she experience hormonal changes, her uterus grows from the size of a pear to the size of a watermelon, her internal organs shift, and her belly expands to accommodate the growing fetus. At the end of the test, which consisted of mom-to-...
Source: Cord Blood News - June 19, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: maze_cordadmin Tags: babies pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Cord Tissue Stem Cells Cure Joint Pain
Kim Worley had experienced a life-changing car accident that shattered the bones in the lower part of her left leg. The T-bone accident landed Kim in a six-hour surgery to piece the bones in her leg back together. Even after her year-long recovery, Kim never fully healed and experienced constant pain in her knee, hip and neck. Determined to find relief, she contacted Dr. Heller at Heller Healthcare, a chiropractic facility in Brunswick, Georgia. Treating all her patients individually, Dr. Heller develops treatment approaches based on the condition of her patients. For Kim, this meant receiving a transfusion of mesenchymal ...
Source: Cord Blood News - May 23, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Tissue stem cells Source Type: blogs

US Veteran Finds Pain Relief with Umbilical Cord Tissue Stem Cells
Bob Knapp is an 86-year-old veteran who has always accepted most of life’s challenges that commonly occur with old age. Recently, however, he developed degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and arthritis. The pain affected his back and knees. It became so severe, that he struggled with standing, walking and even getting out of bed. On a mission to find long-lasting pain-relief, Bob found himself at Heller Healthcare, a chiropractic wellness center in Brunswick, Georgia. Dr. Heller offers individualized treatment programs for patients who experience bone, joint and muscle pain. But her technique has always been m...
Source: Cord Blood News - May 8, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood stem cells Source Type: blogs

Stem Cell Transplant Cures HIV
A patient from London who was HIV positive and diagnosed with cancer, agreed to have a stem cell transplant in hopes of curing his cancer. After treatment, not only was the patient cancer-free, but he is now living his life HIV-free. DNA contains gene CCR5, which almost everyone carries. The CCR5 gene in the stem cells given to the London patient contained a specific mutation that prevents the gene from “expressing” itself. This type of mutation block allows CCR5 to become naturally resistant to HIV. Because HIV attacks the CCR5 part of a gene, when doctors treated the patient for his cancer, they literally fed...
Source: Cord Blood News - April 23, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: blood disorder Cord Blood medical research stem cells Source Type: blogs

Stem Cell Treatment Cures Very Early Onset Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Baby Zhao was diagnosed with Very Early Onset Irritable Bowel Syndrome, VEO-IBS, just a few days after she was born. This worried Zhao’s parents because they lost their previous daughter to the same disease when she was just a few months old. VEO-IBS is caused by an inherited genetic mutation and is not easily or successfully treated with medications. While some medications may help with mild relief for symptoms, patients are usually severely malnourished and experience pain and discomfort due to intestinal abscesses and fistulas. Dr. Huang Ying, MD PhD, the director of the Digestive Disease Department at Children&rs...
Source: Cord Blood News - April 10, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies Cord Blood stem cells Source Type: blogs

10 Best Travel Destinations
With over 200 cases reported in 2018, it’s important to know  the risks associated with Zika virus, not only in your area, but also in the places where you travel. Zika Virus, spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, can also be transmitted through sex. The problem with Zika is that it can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus causing serious birth defects. Currently there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. While Zika is a risk in many countries, we have compiled a list of 10 destinations that are Zika-free! Bermuda Looking for a quick flight? Bermuda, a British isl...
Source: Cord Blood News - March 26, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: parents pregnancy Source Type: blogs

10 Zika-Free Destinations
With over 200 cases reported in 2018, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you should know the risk associated with Zika virus, not only in your area, but also in the places where you travel. Zika Virus, spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, can also be transmitted through sex. The problem with Zika is that it can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus causing serious birth defects. Currently there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. While Zika is a risk in many countries, we have compiled a list of 10 destinations that are Zika-free! Bermuda Looking for a quick fli...
Source: Cord Blood News - March 26, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: parents pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Signs of Early Labor
A woman will experience many signs before going into labor: nausea, cramping, lower back pain and a thick, bloody discharge. While some of these may be concerning, in many cases it’s just the body’s way of telling you that actual labor has not quite started yet but is close!   During pregnancy, the uterus grows and stretches. If you think about it, the uterus needs the most room towards the end of the pregnancy to support the full-term baby growing inside. In this event, mom-to-be may experience cramping and lower back pain as the uterus contracts to adjust in the body. She may also experience nausea becau...
Source: Cord Blood News - February 26, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies Cord Blood pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Public VS Private Banking
Besides having to deliver at a specific hospital, with public banking you choose to relinquish ownership of your baby’s cord blood sample for public use. And unless you meet strict qualifications, your baby’s cord blood could be discarded. Though there is no cost for this generous donation, if your baby needed a stem cell transplant, it could cost up to $45,000 to retrieve them, and only if they find a match! Banking privately, however, allows you to give birth at any hospital, including comfortably at home with a midwife. Not only is it an easier process overall, you will have peace-of-mind knowing you have ri...
Source: Cord Blood News - February 12, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies Cord Blood Cord Tissue Education parents Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Pros and Cons of Delayed Cord Clamping
Delayed cord clamping allows extra time, usually one to three minutes, between the clamping and separation of the umbilical cord from the baby, until pulsations in the umbilical cord have ceased or the placenta is delivered. This allows the remaining stem cell-rich blood from the placenta to be transferred to the baby after birth (up to one-third of the baby’s total blood volume). Delayed cord clamping at birth has proven to benefit both baby and mom. Some studies show that the added blood volume in babies (especially in pre-term babies) increases their red blood count by 60%. Not only does this help prevent iron def...
Source: Cord Blood News - January 29, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood pregnancy stem cells Source Type: blogs

Asia ’s Mild-Spastic Tetra-Paresis and Cord Blood Stem Cells
Asia’s parents noticed that besides not being verbal, Asia struggled with standing, taking steps and holding objects in her hands. Their concern naturally grew as even with time and therapies, Asia was not showing any signs of improvement. Asia’s orthopedist diagnosed her with mild spastic tetra-paresis and recommended investigating the use of her stored stem cells for potential treatment. Asia’s parents contacted their cord blood bank to explain Asia’s situation and were surprised and relieved to receive a positive response. Generally, doctors are hesitant to use one’s own stem cells for the ...
Source: Cord Blood News - January 22, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: maze_cordadmin Tags: Cord Blood parents stem cells Source Type: blogs

Shai ’s Story
Shai’s Story is about a mother who fought with her daughter, Shai, through Shai’s battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a tumorous cancer which developed in her pelvis while she was still in utero. It was diagnosed almost a year after her birth leaving Shai with little option for treatment. Shai’s mother, Frances, spent many months at a time in hospitals with Shai for chemotherapy treatment that was both saving her child’s life and killing her. While treatment helped Shai with one cancer, leaving her family excited for her recovery, it also caused another cancer to develop while she was in remission. Shai h...
Source: Cord Blood News - January 9, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies Cord Blood parents stem cells Source Type: blogs

TissueQES Processing Method Verifies Stem Cell Growth
At Maze Cord Blood, your baby’s cord tissue is processed using our TissueQESTM. This process provides a Quantitative Evaluation of stem cell Survival.  This means the quality and quantity of your baby’s stem cells will be verified prior to long-term storage. We will provide you with a PhotoID to confirm your baby’s stem cell’s growth after it is processed and tested. In the very unlikely case that your baby’s cells do not grow after testing, you will have the option to destroy them and receive a refund for the cord tissue.   Post-thaw Vs. Pre-thaw Methods Our TissueQESTM  ...
Source: Cord Blood News - December 19, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Tissue stem cells Source Type: blogs

Traveling During Pregnancy
There are a variety of factors to consider before making the decision to travel during pregnancy. Some of these factors include your pregnancy status, the destinations you plan to travel to, increased health risks due to being pregnant, and much more.   Most physicians suggest its fine to travel through the 2nd trimester of your pregnancy because pregnancy-related emergencies seem to occur less frequently. If you are pregnant and traveling, it is important to understand that there are risks that can potentially harm your baby during the trip, regardless of whether it’s related to travel or not. Read this article...
Source: Cord Blood News - November 22, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Should You Get the Flu Shot When You ’re Pregnant?
Many changes occur to your immune system during pregnancy. Unfortunately, some of these changes can cause you to become more susceptible to the flu. It is important to avoid getting the flu while pregnant as it can be more severe compared to other times in your life. Not only is this dangerous to your health, but it can be very harmful for your baby as well. Getting your flu shot can help protect your baby even before it is born. This is extremely important because it is advised by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention that children under six months should not get the flu shot. Read the article to help you understan...
Source: Cord Blood News - October 30, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Repairing Cleft Palate With Cord Blood Stem Cells
Doctors in Columbia recently performed a procedure using Cord Blood stem cells to treat cleft lip and palate in a 5-month old baby. Although still in the experimental stage, these stem cells have the potential to lead to a therapy that can treat this genetic condition without traditional surgery which can lead to complications later on in a child’s life. Using the umbilical cord stem cells means there is a greater chance of developing many specialized cells in the body, including bone and cartilage. Click here to read about the procedure researchers performed using this therapy on a five-month-old baby who was born w...
Source: Cord Blood News - October 16, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies Cord Blood parents pregnancy stem cells Source Type: blogs

Having a Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is quite common in women. If you are pregnant, your risk for developing a UTI is increased starting at week 6 through week 24.  A UTI, also called a bladder infection, is bacterial inflammation in the urinary tract; which is due to the changes in the urinary tract during pregnancy. As the uterus grows, its weight can start to block the drainage of urine from the bladder, causing an infection. An untreated UTI can lead to a kidney infection which can cause early labor and low birth weight. Fortunately, UTI’s during pregnancy can be safely treated. Below are a few common symptoms. S...
Source: Cord Blood News - October 1, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Treating Autism With Cord Blood Therapy
Apratim Dey Singah of Kolkata, India was 18 months of age when his parents noticed his communication skills were not progressing compared to the other children his age. Apratim’s birth was a month premature and he was diagnosed having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism can be characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as unique strengths and differences. Apratim had enough of these traits to be recognized as being on the spectrum. After much research, Apratim’s parents learned that in 2014 (when Apratim was born), Duke University launche...
Source: Cord Blood News - September 17, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: brain development Cord Blood medical research parents stem cells Source Type: blogs

Baby Shower (Before, During & After) Survival Tips
Your baby shower is an exciting time. Whether you are organizing it or someone is planning it for you, there are many things to prepare for. From knowing what to put on your baby registry, to sorting through your presents after the event, these tips will help make a huge difference! BEFORE YOUR BABY SHOWER: Make sure to create a baby registry. This gives family and friends the opportunity to get the things you really need. Even if you don’t need much, or you decide not to make your gift registry public, it is still a good idea to create one. After your baby shower, most registries will give you a coupon/discount to b...
Source: Cord Blood News - September 3, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Cord Blood and Your Family ’s Future
Storing your child’s cord blood is an incredible way to invest in their future health and well-being. What you might not know: The same cord blood can be used to cure devastating diseases in your other children, or even in you.  Click here to read the story of Hamad, a young Emirati boy who was cured of sickle cell anemia. He wasn’t cured with his own cord blood; he was cured with cord blood stem cells from his younger brother. Cord blood isn’t just an investment in your child; it’s an investment in your family. Call us to learn more about cord blood and cord blood tissue banking. The post Cord...
Source: Cord Blood News - August 20, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: maze_cordadmin Tags: Cord Blood Cord Tissue parents Source Type: blogs

Who Owns Your Baby ’s Cord Blood?
Banking your baby’s cord blood and tissue is a great way to secure your baby’s future against potential life threatening diseases. When parents are considering banking, we often hear the question, who owns my baby’s cord blood and tissue? Since Maze is a private cord blood bank, your baby’s cord blood and tissue will not only be available to you 24/7 but it will only available to you and your family!   When banking your baby’s cord blood and tissue at a private cord blood bank, you pay for the storage and the right to own it. Should you ever need it, it is available to you and only y...
Source: Cord Blood News - August 6, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Pregnancy Brain: Is it real and what can I do about it?
According to the Journal of Neuroscience it’s a real condition! The hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy create structural patterns in a woman’s brain. For first-time moms, many of these alterations will remain in place for at least 2 years after giving birth.  A lot of these changes are linked to a mother’s ability to care for her baby.  Research explains that evolution sculpted a woman’s brain to ensure her baby could thrive. For example, a mother can often instinctively identify her baby’s needs and feelings. Although I’m in my ninth month of pregnancy and have ...
Source: Cord Blood News - July 23, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: brain development parents pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Maze Cord Blood ’s Superior Processing Technology
At Maze Cord Blood, your baby’s stem cells are processed using our Advanced Suspension MethodTM. This superior processing technology yields more healthy stem cells and reduces red blood cell contamination, resulting in less toxic side effects, and a decrease in the likelihood of certain complications in future use.  Advanced Suspension MethodTM is a manual processing technique, which results in higher accuracy and less cell damage than automated processing. This method also allows the lab technologists to customize the separation according to the specific speed of cell sedimentation no matter...
Source: Cord Blood News - July 9, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood Source Type: blogs

Does My Baby Have an Ear Infection?
Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs there is, especially if you’re a new one. Understanding your baby’s non-verbal ques and knowing what he or she needs can be a challenge. Although babies often cry or whimper, parents may be unsure whether their baby is hungry, tired or experiencing pain. Almost 23 percent of infants will suffer from an ear infection before the age of 3 and make no mistake, they can be very painful! The following infographic will help you identify some of the signs and symptoms of ear infections as well as potential treatment options. To view the infographic click here. Looking fo...
Source: Cord Blood News - June 25, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies Cord Blood parents pregnancy Source Type: blogs

The Future of Cord Blood: Advanced Cell Therapy and Cord Blood Expansion
Research teams and companies have been developing exciting new cord blood products from the expansion of cord blood samples. Expansion is the process by which the desired cells are isolated from the cord blood sample and then cultured and treated with special agents. These agents stimulate the expansion of the cell population. The agents and cells will vary depending on the type of therapy they are being used for. An average of 20 clinical trials per year since 2013 has resulted in several promising products moving into the regulatory approval process. Many of these products have been able to drastically decrease the time ...
Source: Cord Blood News - June 11, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Cruise Dittus, MA Tags: Cord Blood medical research stem cells Source Type: blogs

Fetal Alcohol Disorders as Prevalent as Autism in the US
Fetal alcohol syndrome occurs in children as a result of alcohol exposure during the mother’s pregnancy. It can cause irreversible brain damage, growth problems and behavior issues. No amount of alcohol is safe to consume during pregnancy but the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome increases with the amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy. A New York Times Article discuses a new study that shows more children are being diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome than initially realized, affecting 1.1 to 5 percent of children in the US. This is 5 times higher than previously thought, making it just as common as a diagnosis ...
Source: Cord Blood News - May 28, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies brain development Cord Blood pregnancy Source Type: blogs

How are stem cells frozen and stored? Where is the storage location?
  Cord Blood: At Maze Cord Blood, once your cord blood has been processed, we store the stem cells in tanks holding vapor nitrogen at optimal long-term storage temperatures -190º C or colder. We use vapor nitrogen rather than liquid nitrogen due to vapor’s ability to remain at a consistent temperature throughout the tank. Additionally, using vapor nitrogen protects the frozen cord blood from any infections or bacteria, which are able to “swim” through liquid nitrogen and infect other cord blood specimens. Your baby’s cord blood is stored in 2 compartments (25ml and 5ml). There are also sma...
Source: Cord Blood News - May 14, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood Cord Tissue Source Type: blogs

New treatment through stem cell transplant for Sickle cell anemia
Sickle cell anemia is a form of anemia in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry enough oxygen throughout your body. General symptoms include fatigue and joint pain with periods of intense pain that can last either hours or weeks. Revee Agyepong, a 17-year-old from Edmonton, Canada, suffered from sickle cell anemia with symptoms of chronic bone and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, kidney stones and shortness of breath. “I thought that everyone would go out for recess and play, then come back with a terrible headache and body pain, couldn’t breathe … eventually I&n...
Source: Cord Blood News - April 30, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: blood disorder Cord Blood medical research stem cells Source Type: blogs

Manual vs Automated Processing
At Maze Cord Blood, we use a manual processing technique, called the Advanced Suspension MethodTM. This method results in higher accuracy and less cell damage than automated processing. Manual processing is significantly superior to automated processing, for two reasons: 1. Better Cell Recovery Rates, regardless of volume received When the volume of cord blood for processing is less than 40 ml or above 140 ml, the recovery rate increased 25%! This is a dramatic and important improvement. 2. Less Red Blood Cell Contamination Red blood cell contamination ranges from 25-40% with the automated system but only 5-10% when manual...
Source: Cord Blood News - April 16, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood Source Type: blogs

Gestational Diabetes in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Heart Disease
Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes most common during pregnancy in which the body does not produce enough insulin to regulate sugar. According to a New York Times article, women who suffer from gestational diabetes have a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes later in life and therefore, should be closely monitored. In a study published in PLOS Medicine, research shows that pregnant women diagnosed with gestational diabetes not only have a higher risk of diabetes later on, but also have an increased risk for heart disease and hypertension. About 5 years after giving birth, mothers who were diagnosed with g...
Source: Cord Blood News - April 2, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood pregnancy Source Type: blogs

How Long Can my baby ’s Cord Blood Wait to Be Processed?
Although located in New York, Maze Cord Blood works with families all over the United States and even throughout the world. One common question parents often ask is whether or not their baby’s cord blood will arrive at our lab in time. The answer is yes! We always tell parents to call the medical courier as soon as their baby is born. Our medical courier, Quick International, will immediately dispatch a staff member directly to the hospital for bed-side pickup of the collection kit. The cord blood is then rushed to our processing lab. The medical courier expedites shipping so the blood arrives at our lab within 12-24...
Source: Cord Blood News - March 19, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Top Baby Registry Must-Haves
For new moms, creating a baby registry may seem like fun at first but then can turn into a daunting task. With so many different baby items and options for each, where do you begin? Most people know the basics (clothes, diapers, etc.) but what about everything else? We broke it down to our top 10 must-haves to help new moms in creating their registry list. Stroller and Car Seat Combo Of course you need a car seat and you will want a stroller but make sure to get the travel system. With the travel system, the car seat slides out of its base and snaps right into the stroller and vice versa. This is perfect for when you&rsq...
Source: Cord Blood News - March 5, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Should you bank your twin ’ s cord blood?
Having twins? You should consider banking both of their cord blood. In the United States alone, the number of twin births has increased from 2 percent to over 3 percent since the 1980s, resulting in an additional million sets of twins. One of the questions many families have when researching cord blood banking is whether it’s necessary to bank both their baby’s cord blood. Here’s what you need to know: Fraternal Twins: When a mother releases 2 separate eggs and both fertilized, this results in fraternal twins which do not share the same DNA. The majority of twins are fraternal and genetically they are th...
Source: Cord Blood News - February 19, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Umbilical Cord Blood Helping Children with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a life-long congenital disorder that affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. In a phase II trial, Duke University Medical Center researched the use of stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood to treat children diagnosed with cerebral palsy. “The research demonstrated improvements in motor function a year after the injection of a high dose of stem cells from a child’s own cord blood.”1  Further, this treatment sho...
Source: Cord Blood News - January 15, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Cord Blood stem cells Source Type: blogs

Old Wives ’ Tales: How to Predict if You ’ re Having a Boy or Girl
Like many parents-to-be, it can be a long and difficult wait to find out the gender of their baby. Is it a boy or girl?! I’m sure friends and family have their own opinions and guesses, and even you may have a feeling that you are carrying one gender versus the other. However, until you take a blood test and/or your doctors confirms the sex of the baby, there is no way to know for sure. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while waiting! Here are some old wives’ tales to help you predict whether or not you are having a boy or girl: 1. How are you carrying? Its been said that if you are carryi...
Source: Cord Blood News - January 8, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Cord Blood Proven to Help Children Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy, normally caused by brain damage or abnormal brain development, is a disorder that affects motor function, balance, and more. Currently there is no cure for cerebral palsy, however, in a study from Duke University Medical Center children who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy showed significant improvements in both brain connectivity and motor function after receiving infusions of their own cord blood. It has been found that using the stem cells found in cord blood actually repairs some of the brain damage from cerebral palsy. Jessica Sun, assistant professor of pediatrics, is “hopeful that cord blood ...
Source: Cord Blood News - January 1, 2018 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: brain development Cord Blood medical research Source Type: blogs