Is it safe to drink alcohol during pregnancy?

If you’ve abstained from alcohol during a pregnancy, you know there’s a lot of conflicting information out there. We checked with Dr. Iffath Hoskins, MD, a high-risk OB-GYN at NYU Langone Medical Center, about whether its necessary to abstain from alcohol completely during pregnancy.  “How much is okay and what is the tipping point of what’s …

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Green pregnancy: Protect your baby from outside toxins

Having a “green pregnancy” isn’t about morning sickness. During the nine months of pregnancy, more women are paying attention to what’s going on outside of the womb, in an effort to protect the health of their baby inside the womb. Every day there seem to be more  and more ways to protect yourself and your …

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Stem cell hope for multiple sclerosis

Read our updated blog: Hopeful Cord Blood Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis Stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis is now a reality, not just a dream, says a leading neuro-immunologist. Gianvito Martino, director of neuroscience at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy, said although the therapy was still experimental, it was yielding some exciting results. Professor Martino …

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What is Cord Blood?

If you are pregnant, you have probably heard of cord blood banking and been asked if you are banking your baby’s cord blood.  For many parents, this leads to the questions: What is cord blood? , Why would I want to save it? Cord blood is the blood that flows through the umbilical cord, providing …

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When should I go to the Hospital?

        When should I go to the hospital? It’s one of the most difficult things to discern, especially for first-time moms. “We definitely get a lot of calls from moms asking if they should come in,” says Jessie Tinglan, Nurse Manager of McLaren Lapeer’s Birth Center. “It can be hard to tell …

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Cord Blood Banking Pros and Cons

Choosing where and how to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood often brings many questions to light. For instance, if a transplant is needed, and you’ve stored your baby’s cord blood in a public facility, finding a match can be difficult. Private banks may charge a yearly fee after an initial payment. You might want to find one that …

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