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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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