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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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: …

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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 …

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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 …

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