The Future of Public Cord Blood Banking

The Future of Public Cord Blood Banking

Public cord blood banks are facing some unique challenges with sustainability, donor diversity, and financial woes, which are forcing many public cord blood banks to shut down their facilities. With looming problems ahead, some people question the long-term future of the public banking sector. Let’s take a look at some of the issues that plague the public banking system and outline the unique benefits of private cord blood banking.
 


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Celebrate National Cord Blood Awareness Month with Cryo-Cell

Celebrate National Cord Blood Awareness Month with Cryo-Cell

July is Cord Blood Awareness Month, and cord blood education is the first step to helping parents make a fundamental decision for the future of their families by banking their child's cord blood. We want to answer the top three questions people have about cord blood banking, and to share some tips on how you can do your part to spread awareness on this often-misunderstood topic.

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Odds of Using Cord Blood Stored in a Family Bank

Odds of Using Cord Blood Stored in a Family Bank

The odds of needing one's own cord blood are likely to rise in the future as new discoveries are made for the treatment of certain diseases with cord blood.


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Are We Getting Closer to Cord Blood Being a Standard Treatment for Parents, Too?

Are We Getting Closer to Cord Blood Being a Standard Treatment for Parents, Too?

A recent study demonstrates how moms and dads may be closer to using their baby’s stored cord blood as a standard treatment in blood cancers and other diseases.


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How To Get The Best Cord Blood Collection

How To Get The Best Cord Blood Collection

There are a number of ways that your doctor or midwife may not be able to get a large volume of cord blood. Let's looks at the factors that have been shown to negatively and positively affect the volume of cord blood collected.


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Who Can Use the Umbilical Cord Blood?

Who Can Use the Umbilical Cord Blood?

Cord blood banking is as much for the baby as it is for existing and future additions to the family. This is because there is not only an opportunity for the baby to use his or her own cord blood but also an increased chance it can be used by a brother, sister or other immediate family member as well.


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Misconceptions about Caesarean Sections and Cord Blood Banking

Misconceptions about Caesarean Sections and Cord Blood Banking

Some parents may worry that having a C-section will inhibit their ability to collect cord blood. To be clear: Collecting cord blood following a Caesarean birth is essentially the same as collecting cord blood during a vaginal delivery. In fact, some aspects with collecting cord blood following a C-Section may surprise you.


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Counting your baby's cord blood stem cells: What do TNC, CD34+, CFU and other numbers mean?

Counting your baby's cord blood stem cells: What do TNC, CD34+, CFU and other numbers mean?

The goal of cord blood banking is to capture as many stem cells as possible, but how do you know if your baby's cord blood collection is a good one? Determining the exact number of stem cells in any cord blood collection is not precise, but there are ways to determine if your cord blood collection will be effective in a transplantation.


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The Research Behind 5 Common Ways To Naturally Induce Labor

The Research Behind 5 Common Ways To Naturally Induce Labor

As the 40th week draws near and the aches and pains become nearly too much to bear, many moms look for ways to help induce or bring about delivery. In a study of 201 women who delivered at a Midwestern hospital, half tried to induce labor naturally. If the time is right, and mommy wants the baby out, what can they do to help naturally induce and move along the birthing process? Let’s take a look.


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Parents' Interest in Cord Blood To Treat Autism, CP Grows Fervently

Parents' Interest in Cord Blood To Treat Autism, CP Grows Fervently

It's been a short six months since the FDA granted Duke University Medical Center additional access in the treatment of brain injuries like autism and cerebral palsy using stored cord blood, but since then, we have been inundated with requests from moms and dads looking for more information on how to get his or her own son or daughter in the clinical trial. We've also heard stories of young parents traveling half way around the globe for their family's chance to take part in the clinical trial.

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