Prepping for Birth in Unprecedented Times
So much of life seems to be out of our control right now. It’s difficult for anyone to experience, but especially agonizing for women in their third trimester of pregnancy.  Studies have shown that during times of inordinate stress, it’s best to focus on what we can secure with confidence.  While having a baby is just about the most unpredictable process we know, there are steps you can actively take to shore up support and help you to feel grounded: Stay in touch with your care provider regarding protocol. Whether you are planning on giving birth at home, in a birth center or hospital, safety guidel...
Source: Cord Blood News - August 4, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Jennifer Dembo Tags: Health pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Medications and Safety During Pregnancy
Women who take medication for anxiety, depression or other behavioral health conditions worry about whether they’ll need to discontinue use when they conceive. For years, well-intentioned care providers believed this to be the only clinically responsible solution. The reason for this was simple: because it’s considered unethical to test medication on pregnant and nursing mothers, there was no literature to provide evidence for safety.  But we’ve come a long way, and the field of perinatal psychiatry has evolved a great deal. We now have evidence that supports the safety and efficacy of certain medic...
Source: Cord Blood News - July 28, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Jennifer Dembo Tags: Cord Blood Cord Tissue Source Type: blogs

A Doula ’s Perspective on Cord Blood Banking
As a former doula, I can tell you that the least predictable process on the planet is labor and birth. And that was part of the fun – I never knew what awaited me as I supported moms and their families during this miraculous time in their lives.  Every birth was unique, and my job required that I wear many hats. One of my roles was that of cord blood coordinator.  Of course, I didn’t collect the cord blood; that was the job of the amazing L&D nurses. However, once the vials were filled, it was my responsibility to call the cord blood bank and request a prompt pick-up.  There was no way to kno...
Source: Cord Blood News - July 14, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Jennifer Dembo Tags: Cord Blood Cord Tissue Source Type: blogs

Birth and Pregnancy Resources
Back in the day, when a pregnant woman needed advice, she’d call her mother. Or grandmother, or cousins, or sisters – a trusted female relative who had been through the ups and downs, the hormonal shifts, and the hankering for bizarre food combos at 3:00 in the morning. Sure, the bookstore had a pregnancy section (nay, shelf) you could peruse, and there was a related magazine or two for sale. But now, we live in a world in which you can type “mucous plug” into a search engine and yield thousands of responses. And those are just the websites; social media is one big cluster of the good, the bad, and ...
Source: Cord Blood News - June 9, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Jennifer Dembo Tags: pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Choosing a Provider When You ’ re Pregnant
When it comes to pregnancy and birth, women have a myriad of decisions to make, from the benign to the super critical. Choosing a suitable care provider definitely falls into the latter.   In the United States, women experiencing low-risk pregnancies can select a midwife or OB GYN to care for themselves and their babies. For some, the decision comes down to factors such as geography, insurance plans, and choice of birth location. Let’s take that last one, for example. If a woman is interested in delivering at home, a consult with a home birth midwife is the way to go. Both types of providers have privileges at h...
Source: Cord Blood News - June 3, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Jennifer Dembo Tags: pregnancy Source Type: blogs

STEM CELL THERAPY: Update on Patients Treated with PLX cells for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) associated with COVID-19
On May 14, 2020, Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. published follow-up data on patients treated under their compassionate use program. These patients were all being treated for with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and in intensive care units requiring mechanical ventilation. As of the publication date, 18 patients have been treated with PLX cells, allogeneic mesenchymal-like cells derived from human placentas after the delivery of full-term healthy babies. The patients treated include one patient in the United States. This patient received the treatment as part of the FDA Single P...
Source: Cord Blood News - May 28, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: maze_cordadmin Tags: stem cells Source Type: blogs

A Love Letter to Partners        
I once taught a private childbirth education series to a couple in their home. The mom-to-be was excited and eager to learn about her progressing pregnancy, labor and birth, and the importance of postpartum support. Her husband, on the other hand, wasn’t engaged at all. He’d impatiently walk in and out of the room as if the conversation didn’t pertain to him. During the scant few moments he actually joined his wife on the couch, it was abundantly clear that his text messages were far more important to him than anything we were discussing.   At first, I thought that the subject matter might be freakin...
Source: Cord Blood News - May 26, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Jennifer Dembo Tags: parents pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Pregnancy During Covid-19
I’m a certified childbirth education instructor. So, it will come as no surprise that I believe every expectant parent should take a childbirth education class. While formally preparing for labor, birth and postpartum doesn’t guarantee a specific outcome or experience, it does provide a wealth of information. And when it comes to something as unpredictable as the birth process, knowledge is power. Pregnant women deserve a comprehensive understanding of their options. They need to know what awaits them at their birth location (be it home, birth center or hospital), what they can expect from their care team, and ...
Source: Cord Blood News - May 19, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: maze_cordadmin Tags: Cord Blood Education pregnancy Source Type: blogs

Banking Cord Tissue vs Cord Blood Alone
Something expecting parents should take time to consider is banking their child’s cord blood and cord tissue. Most people I talk to have never even heard about cord blood and tissue banking, so I like to try to raise awareness about what it really is and why it makes sense. It’s actually very simple and entirely non-invasive, so it’s stress free. After your child is delivered, and the umbilical cord is cut, the blood inside the umbilical cord is simply extracted, placed in a special container, and then frozen. This cord blood is stored in liquid nitrogen, and can remain frozen for an indefinite period of ...
Source: Cord Blood News - May 12, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Jonathan Rubinstein, Laboratory Technician, CPT Tags: Cord Blood Cord Tissue Source Type: blogs

Prolonged Sitting Counteracts Benefits of Exercise
Most people know that exercise is important for their health. Exercise has been shown to help with weight loss, improve mood, build and maintain strong bones and muscles, increase energy, and decrease the risk of chronic disease. As a result, many of us make it a point to get to the gym or engage in a physical activity to help improve our health. Unfortunately, a new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that sitting for prolonged periods of time decreased the metabolic benefits usually seen by exercising for an hour a day. The study looked at the body’s response to glucose, triglycerides and ins...
Source: Cord Blood News - April 28, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Health Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: My family ’s experience
On Sunday March 15, my younger sister called me crying. She had temperature of 101OF and a blinding headache, but it was an important day at her job, and she knew her supervisor really needed her help. “Stay home,” I said. “Tell him you’re sick, he’ll understand. Even if there wasn’t an emerging global pandemic, you’re legitimately sick. He’s understanding, this won’t affect your job at all. And call your doctor if the fever sticks around… If it was COVID-19, I would tell you just stay home, but it doesn’t sound like it, maybe you have something bacterial.&...
Source: Cord Blood News - April 16, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: maze_cordadmin Tags: Health Source Type: blogs

It ’s Not Just Carbs in Our Cereal
As most people know, there are chemicals and pesticides in our environment and in the food we eat. There is an ongoing debate about the safety of many of these chemicals and what is an acceptable level for human consumption. One pesticide that has been heavily researched is glyphosphate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, has set limits to the amount of glyphosphate it feels is acceptable to ingest, especially for children because of its links to cancer. The EWG just released a re...
Source: Cord Blood News - April 14, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Health Source Type: blogs

Stem Cells: Placental Derived Cells Used in Multinational Clinical Trial for the Treatment of severe COVID-19
On Saturday, April 11th, Holy Name Hospital of Bergen County, NJ, administered PLX cells to a 49-year-old male who has been in their ICU since March 20th. PLacental eXpanded (PLX) cells are mesenchymal-like adherent stromal cells derived from the placenta after delivery and were being studied for their therapeutic uses in several disease processes. This is believed to be the first time this treatment has been attempted in the United States for the treatment of COVID-19. Holy Name is already a location for a Pluristem clinical trial involving the use of PLX cells for the treatment of chronic vascular insufficiency, resultin...
Source: Cord Blood News - April 13, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Chaya Rothschild, Andrologist Tags: stem cells Source Type: blogs

Clinical Trial Using Stem Cells to Treat COVID-19
Stem cells are undifferentiated “blueprint” cells that are being studied in the repair of damaged tissue from a wide range of diseases. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a type of stem cells that can be found in umbilical cord tissue. They have also been isolated in minute quantities from adult bone marrow. These stem cells are self-renewing – a small quantity of these cells obtained from cord blood can be used to generate more MSCs in a lab and used to make vast quantities of therapeutic agent. MSCs are also multipotent- they are capable of differentiating into many different cell types, and therefore ha...
Source: Cord Blood News - April 9, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: maze_cordadmin Tags: stem cells Source Type: blogs

Don ’ t Overlook Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin with many roles in the body related to bone health, immune support, and inflammation reduction. Some studies show it may have a role in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and with sexual function. Vitamin D is now routinely tested with blood workups, and about 50% of the population has been shown to have vitamin D insufficiency with levels less than 30ng/dl. There are many possible signs and symptoms that can be associated with low vitamin D levels, including getting sick often, feeling tired, having lower back pain or bone pain, having muscle pain, experiencing hair loss, or feelin...
Source: Cord Blood News - March 31, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: Health Source Type: blogs

Can Breastfeeding Delay Early Menopause?
February is American Heart Month, and the Go Red for Women campaign raises awareness for women’s heart disease. Most people unfortunately still think of heart disease as a men’s health issue, but the truth is that more women die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than men! In that spirit, I would like to make mention of a well-done study just out in JAMA which points to a significant risk factor for heart disease in women – menopause.  Research has shown that premature menopause (before the age of 45) has been linked to an increase in cardiovascular disease and premature death in women. In fact, some ...
Source: Cord Blood News - February 18, 2020 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: maze_cordadmin Tags: medical research parents Source Type: blogs

Should I Circumcise My Baby?
Whether or not to circumcise your baby is a personal decision often determined by a variety of social, cultural, medical, or religious circumstances. Parents have the right to choose what they believe is best for their newborn and typically undergo extensive research before deciding what’s best for their family. So, what is the process of circumcision? Once parents decide to move forward, about an hour before the procedure, doctors use an anesthetic to numb the baby’s penis. The area is then sterilized and the excess skin on the penis is clamped and cut. Finally, the physician covers the penis in bandages or ga...
Source: Cord Blood News - October 22, 2019 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Maze Cord Blood Tags: babies pregnancy Source Type: blogs

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 & Tissue 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

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