No doubt, blood testing is a crucial practice, especially when it comes to understanding mothers’ and babies’ health. A DAT, for example, is an essential laboratory procedure; also known as a Coombs test, DATs identify if the body’s red blood cells (RBCs) possess destructive antibodies. The trouble is that some women—or their newborns—are DAT-positive, but they may not necessarily understand… Read More »What a Positive DAT on Cord Blood Means
What to Expect if You Are Pregnant During the COVID-19 Coronavirus Emergency Around the world, hospitals are scrambling to prepare for the large increase in patients with COVID-19 coronavirus. If you’re currently expecting, you likely have many questions regarding how the coronavirus emergency could affect your pregnancy. You may be wondering what impact the emergency may have on your birth… Read More »Pregnancy and Coronavirus
NECBB COVID-19 Coronavirus Emergency Statement As we adjust our lives to reduce the transmission of coronavirus, it is natural to worry about the safety and security of everything you hold precious, including your newborn’s stem cells. As a laboratory business deemed ‘essential’ by the state of Massachusetts, New England Cord Blood Bank will remain open and fully operational. As we… Read More »COVID-19 Coronavirus Emergency
Cord Blood Banking Cost When it comes to the costs associated with Cord Blood Banking, it can be difficult to figure out why certain Cord Blood Banks are more expensive than others. From up-front processing fees to annual storage costs, pricing among Cord Blood Banks varies greatly. Throw in multiple storage options, promotional discounts and varied processing methods, and it’s… Read More »Cord Blood Banking Cost: Why Is NECBB Less Expensive Than Other Cord Blood Banks?
Pregnant or not, nobody enjoys getting a cold. Coughing, sneezing, and that general “blah” feeling can make just about anyone eager to feel better. Still, being sick while pregnant may add additional concern for some expectant mothers. Here are some common questions along with the answers to put your mind at ease: Is there a way to prevent catching the… Read More »5 Common Questions About the Common Cold During Pregnancy
At every doctor’s appointment, there seems to be a new, big decision to be made. When those appointments start coming every two weeks instead of every month, you may feel like you’re constantly facing potentially life-altering choices. Should I undergo early stage pregnancy screenings? What is my ideal birth plan? Will I breastfeed or bottle feed? Who will I choose… Read More »Should I bank cord blood?
When parents-to-be choose a midwife or home birth but also want to store their child’s umbilical cord blood stem cells for the future, they might wonder if it’s possible to collect umbilical cord blood when their baby is born outside of a hospital. The answer is yes, it is possible, and your midwife can follow the instructions provided by the… Read More »Cord Blood Collection: A Guide for Midwives and Parents
For many parents, making the decision to privately bank umbilical cord stem cells for their baby is a choice similar to deciding whether to purchase life or disability insurance: they’re paying for something that they hope they’ll never need to use. If you store your baby’s cord blood, you’ll rest assured that your family is covered in the event of… Read More »Is Cord Blood Banking Worth the Cost?