Posts Tagged: cord blood

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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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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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Welcoming a child into the world is celebrated, by most couples, as one of the happiest times of their lives. In preparation for the arrival of a beautiful little baby, first time expecting moms and dads-to-be have a lot on their mind, and often wonder the decisions they’re making now, will be the right ones… Read more »

Best Cord Blood in Toronto

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Elisabeth Semple, Scientific Director with Cells for Life, has been working with cord blood since the mid 90s. Considering the first cord blood transplant took place in Paris in 1988, it’s fair to say Elisabeth has followed the evolution of cord blood banking closely since its very early days. Her career in cord blood began… Read more »

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of caring for a newborn, or unsure about your options in the delivery room, there’s no need to panic – you’re not alone. Uncertainty is a normal part of pregnancy, and parenthood. Fortunately, prenatal classes were designed specifically to help you start out on the right foot. Prenatal… Read more »