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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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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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As an expectant parent in the weeks leading up to the big day, you have a thousand and one decisions to make. From decorating the baby’s nursery to planning the perfect shower in between ultrasounds, you’ve got a lot to do before you and your family welcome the new arrival. Needless to say, while you’re… 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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Earlier this year, a group of Montreal-based scientists, headed by Dr. Guy Sauvageau, discovered a new molecule known as UM171 that may prove to change the face of transplants using stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood. Named one of the discoveries of the year for 2014 by Quebec Science, UM171 has the potential to… Read more »

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Becoming a parent is overwhelming. With so much information being thrown your way, it can be hard to know which choices will best serve your family in years to come. Amidst the excitement of choosing baby names and nursery colours, there are a number of important decisions to be made in the days leading up… Read more »