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In 1988, Matthew Farrow, of North Carolina, became the first person to ever receive a transplant using umbilical cord blood. At the time, Matthew was 5 years old and living with Fanconi anemia, a rare, inherited blood disorder that leads to bone marrow failure[1]. Pregnant with Matthew’s little sister, Matthew’s mother had her amniotic fluid… Read more »

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Recently, an article was published by CTV and other news agencies telling the story of Nolan, a young boy whose life was saved thanks to a cord blood donation his mom made four years earlier at Hema-Quebec Public Cord Blood Bank, located in Montreal. Nolan had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia soon after being… Read more »

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As the leading cord blood bank in Canada, Cells for Life is proud to announce its role as a founding member of the Cord Blood Association. The Cord Blood Association, or the CBA, is a non-profit organization that “promotes the work of the cord blood community for the purpose of saving lives, improving health and… Read more »

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Every pregnancy, like every person, is different. From morning sickness to swollen ankles, for some women pregnancy can be an uncomfortable, and near debilitating experience. Fortunately, for the lucky ones, it’s a period during which you can continue to enjoy most of the things you did before you were pregnant, including exercise. Pain Relief and… Read more »

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It’s official! The very first Cells for Life Twitter Chat has arrived. How long can you wait before getting an epidural? What should you do when your water breaks? How can I ease pain in labour? Whether you’re new to the delivery room or a veteran of childbirth, labour is scary. Once you realize that… Read more »

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If you’re pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant, you’ve probably heard about the life-saving stem cells found in your baby’s umbilical cord blood. Cord blood is a precious gift that can only be collected at the birth of your baby, which is why it is important to know your options as early into your pregnancy… Read more »

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Congratulations! You’re going to be a parent. The next 9-months will be spent worrying about what to eat and what not to eat; making decisions about using “cloth” versus “disposable” diapers; and basking in the anticipation of more joy than you can possibly know what to do with. During the magical time before baby comes,… Read more »

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Congratulations to the Koetsier Family! Last month, alongside our partners at the Parent Life Network, we got to surprise Leah Koetsier, winner of Canada’s Luckiest Baby 2, with a $10,000 RESP and a free cord blood collection kit. But that’s not all! A Day of Pre-Natal Pampering Before showering the Koetsier family with a bundle… Read more »

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According to a recent article from Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood, serum made from umbilical cord blood can be used to treat a number of ocular surface disorders, including dry-eyes. Moist Eyes, Healthy Eyes    Most of us have experienced the discomfort and irritation of having dry, scratchy eyes. Whether due to a change in temperature… Read more »

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