Cord Blood Banking

Should I bank cord blood?

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?

6 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Cord Blood Bank

If you’re choosing between cord blood banks, there are some important questions you’ll want to be sure you have answered prior to making your final decision. 1) Where do you store the cord blood? Be sure that your cord blood bank has state-of-the-art facilities and provides maximum security and protection. Storage containers should be able to maintain their internal temperatures… Read More »6 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Cord Blood Bank

What to Know about Cord Blood Banking if you are Having Twins

Expecting twins? Congratulations! You may be pregnant with fraternal twins or identical twins. Identical twins, also called monozygotic twins, occur from a single fertilized egg that splits to develop into two fetuses. These twins are the same sex and share all of the same physical traits. Fraternal twins, or dizygotic twins, each come from a separate egg and two different… Read More »What to Know about Cord Blood Banking if you are Having Twins

Cord Blood Transplants 101

You might already know some basics about cord blood and stem cell transplants. Cord blood is one source of cells that can form new, healthy blood cells. Cord blood cells are collected from the umbilical cord after a baby is born to be stored for use when it’s needed to treat any one of dozens of diseases and conditions. Did… Read More »Cord Blood Transplants 101

The Luck of Irish Baby Names

“Wee Little One… May you always walk in sunshine, may you never want for more, may Irish angels post their wings beside your nursery door.” – Irish Bedtime Blessing In honor of Irish Heritage Month and the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Irish names, for any of those families who would… Read More »The Luck of Irish Baby Names

The Science Behind Umbilical Cord Blood Treatments

You’ve heard about the more than 80 illnesses that umbilical cord stem cells can treat, but how exactly do doctors use cord blood for their patients? The types of diseases and conditions stem cells can help treat — and even cure — are cancers, immune diseases, blood disorders, and metabolic disorders. Hematopoietic stem cells mostly live in the bone marrow,… Read More »The Science Behind Umbilical Cord Blood Treatments

Umbilical Stem Cells: Pros & Cons of Treatment

Doctors and researchers are always studying and learning more about how to treat various diseases. Stem cell transplants are one of the most promising treatments for certain conditions and illnesses. There are three types of stem cells – those from bone marrow, blood and an umbilical cord. The goal for all three kinds of transplants is to give patients stem… Read More »Umbilical Stem Cells: Pros & Cons of Treatment

Planning for the Future and Cord Blood Banking Go Hand-in-Hand

Parents worry a lot about their child’s future. Understandably, they want their kids to be healthy, happy and cared for.  When couples are expecting their first baby, they often take time to prepare for scenarios which they hope they never have to face, but they know they should have a plan for, just in case. Parents draw up their wills… Read More »Planning for the Future and Cord Blood Banking Go Hand-in-Hand