When Childbirth Cost $100

When Childbirth Cost $100

The cost of childbirth varies greatly depending on location, any complications that occur, and whether its a normal delivery or a cesarean section, but today, the average expectant couple can anticipate the doctor and hospital's charges on their insurance statements to be anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000. Comparing this to the cost of giving birth more than half of a century ago, and many may wish they were born in a different era:


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Could stem cells wake the (brain) dead?

Could stem cells wake the (brain) dead?

It may sound like the plot of a campy zombie thriller, such as the 1985 cult-classic Re-Animator, but scientists say they are still looking to move ahead with a clinical trial to see if stem cells can awaken neural activity in people whose brains have stopped functioning. While the trial would not lead us to an apocalyptic, zombie-filled, Walking Dead–type world, it could help patients come out of and recover from vegetative comas.


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Cord Blood & Tissue Banking for Twins

Cord Blood & Tissue Banking for Twins

You’re having twins! Whether you see it as double the fun or biting off more than you can chew, you definitely have your hands full. You know you have to double up on the diapers and double the food, but do you also have to double the cord blood and tissue that you bank, too?


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What's in your Collection Kit?

What's in your Collection Kit?

You did everything right: You were thinking ahead and took the right steps to ensure you stored your baby’s cord blood. You got your kit early, took it to the hospital with the greatest of care and even told the doctor to fill the collection bag like a balloon. Then you’re struck with a double whammy of bad news. You could blame luck or even medical science, but it may actually come down to the type of collection kit your cord blood bank had provided.


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6 New Ways People Are Doing Things in the Delivery Room

6 New Ways People Are Doing Things in the Delivery Room

As old as time itself, labor and delivery isn't oft the place for new developments, but here are six new ways people are doing things in the delivery room.


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Health Insurance, Taxes and Cord Blood Banking

Health Insurance, Taxes and Cord Blood Banking

Many expectant parents wonder if cord blood banking is covered by their health insurance or can be deducted from their taxes as a medical expense. There are, in fact, times when cord blood banking is considered an eligible medical expense covered by a family's HSA, FSA, HRA or health insurance plan and can qualify as a tax deduction. Let’s explore.


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Trial Using Cord Blood to Treat Strokes Recruiting Soon

Trial Using Cord Blood to Treat Strokes Recruiting Soon

A Duke University Medical Center phase two study will be looking for 100 adults who recently suffered a stroke to test the efficacy of cord blood infusions as a treatment. Participants will then be followed for one year to determine the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

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Exciting Advancements in Cord Blood Treatments for Sickle Cell Anemia

Exciting Advancements in Cord Blood Treatments for Sickle Cell Anemia

The use of hematopoietic stem cells in treatment for children with Sickle Cell Anemia has been proven successful from sibling or matched donor transplants in children. Eemerging research is showing promise for groundbreaking treatments that are sure to broaden the uses of stem cells. 
 

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Dying Pregnant Mom Saved By Baby’s Cord Blood

Dying Pregnant Mom Saved By Baby’s Cord Blood

You can imagine the elation Patricia and Lou felt when they learned they would be having a child. Unfortunately, that feeling of excitement turned into apprehension when a routine blood test at the five-month mark found Patricia had an aggressive form of leukemia. “I was so excited to be a mother, and at the same time, all I could think about was, Will she have a mother?” said Patricia.


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Pregnant Mom's Guide to the Zika Virus Risk & Cord Blood Banking

Pregnant Mom's Guide to the Zika Virus Risk & Cord Blood Banking

The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending that women who are pregnant in any trimester should talk to their physicians and consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is active. So if you’re pregnant, how worried should you be about Zika? And how will it affect your plans for cord blood banking?
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