ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking

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ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking

ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking

ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking

ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking

“This post is sponsored by ViaCord and BlogHer”

Are you familiar with the term Cord Blood Banking? What about ViaCord?

Recently, I attended a presentation on Cord blood stem cells research arranged by ViaCord. It was probably one of the most enlightening sessions I’ve attended to date. Even though I had a cursory knowledge of cord blood research, when I was pregnant with my twins, it was not a topic on my radar. So my answer would be “No!”, I was not familiar with both names. Did your ObGyn initiate a conversation about it when you were pregnant? Like many other moms, when I was pregnant, back in the early 1990s, I wasn’t aware of it and don’t recall it coming up in doctor visits with my ObGyn.

Granted, Cord Blood Banking was in its formative years and not every doctor knew enough to recommend it. I wish I knew then as I would have happily participated in it. The good thing about learning now is that I can inform other members of my large family, and even my own kids, so babies born within the family would benefit from this scientific breakthrough. By now, I bet you’d love to know more. Below are basic questions/answers to help you learn about it and make an informed decision when the time comes to have your baby.

What is Cord Blood?
As stated in ViaCord’s informational brochure, “Cord blood is the blood that remains in a newborn’s umbilical cord after birth, and the stem cells it contains have been used to help replace damaged blood cells with healthy ones, with the potential to strengthen the immune system.” So before your baby is born, you can discuss your options with your ObGyn, and give permission to collect this precious substance for your baby.

Who is ViaCord and what role do they play in disseminating information on Cord blood banking?
ViaCord is a well established and highly regarded private family cord blood bank that has, for over 20 years, provided families with high quality stem cell and tissue preservation service. As part of the PerkinElmer global company, which focuses on improving human and environmental health, ViaCord provides exceptional service and care to their patients, families, and their physicians. They collaborate with hospitals around the country, are dedicated to advancing studies on cord blood stem cells, and have the highest published treatment success rates out of any cord blood banking company. When you sign up with them you know you are in good hands.

“If one person reads our story and it gives them hope — if we inspire one person to hang on, then we’ve done something special.” The Byrd Family

ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking

ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking

Why do families choose to bank?
With over 30,000 cord blood cell transplants/treatments worldwide to date4, cord blood stem cells have been used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases2 and remain the fastest growing source of stem cells in pediatric transplants; its use for the treatment of a growing range of diseases has doubled since 2007 and continues to grow. The research potential is also growing. Research shows that “both cord blood and cord tissue are great sources of stem cells, which have the ability to heal damaged cells, tissues, organs, blood and the immune system.”

Why should you choose to preserve your baby’s cord blood?
It makes sense that if you have your newborn baby’s cord blood banked, and you/your baby has a marker for any of the 80 diseases treated by it, down the road if your child develops any symptoms, that banked cord blood would be a life saver. To date, the potential for successful treatment for pediatric diseases from using the cord blood stem cells has grown. So your decision to preserve your child’s cord blood can one day save his/her life.


How Cord Blood Stem Cells Are Collected | ViaCord

ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking

ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking

How are Cord Blood Stem Cells collected?
Above is a video with Kate Falcon walking you through the steps on how it is collected. Some key points: the cord blood and cord tissue stem cells are collected at the time of your baby’s birth by your ObGyn or attending nurse and carefully packed, shipped and stored at a ViaCord facility. Your family has full access to the stem cells at anytime they need it for treatment, and the stored cells don’t expire. ViaCord has a special process they use that ensures your baby’s cord blood is not contaminated or misplaced.

What is the ViaCord Process?
At ViaCord, they take great pride in collecting, storing and caring for your baby’s stem cell. They provide a kit with an FDA approved bag to collect cord blood stem cells, then they pack it carefully and transport it, within 48 hours, to their laboratory in Hebron, KY. They use testing methods that are proven to be accurate and reliable to collect the stem cells; extracting stem cells from cord tissue before freezing. Their method saves 8 times the stem cells. Using a sophisticated freezer system, they have found their collections to be healthy even 25 years later. Whenever you are ready to use the stem cells, ViaCord is ready to move quickly to deliver it where needed.

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Haiku: Will 25/7 Give Us More Time?

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela

Haiku:  Will 25/7 Give Us More Time?

Haiku: Will 25/7 Give Us More Time?

We gained an hour
Twenty-Five Seven won’t do…
Why, you ask? Time flies!

Icarus found out
Our time is ephemeral…
Heaven holds the truth

First I imagined how great it could be. Then I realized what a time suck it might become. If I manage my current time well, I have nothing to worry about. If I don’t then the extra hour wont help me much… Pity really but that’s a fact. We say we need it, and then we abuse it.

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Albert Einstein

Haiku:  Will 25/7 Give Us More Time?

Haiku: Will 25/7 Give Us More Time?

We danced in the street
As If 25/7
Will save us some time…

We took a long ride
And lay waste that extra time.
An hour here, there…

Giving us extra time won’t make much of a difference. Those who manage it well, won’t notice. Those who waste time, will procrastinate. We’ve barely mastered 24/7 so 25/7 won’t make a difference. I say ditch it and let’s figure out how to make the best of the time we already have…. 24/7 all the way.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Excerpt from Becoming Human by Hafiz
Once a man came to me and spoke for hours about
“His great visions of God” he felt he was having
He asked me for confirmation, saying,
“Are these wondrous dreams true?”

I replied, “How many goats do you have?”
He looked surprised and said,
“I am speaking of sublime visions
And you ask
About goats!” Hafiz

What inhabits my dreamscape? What do I find dreamy? In my dreamscape, I find shapes and scenes in foggy weather quite dreamy. They harken back to something old and ancient in the deepest recesses of my being. I am awake in the fog, yet my mind is in a dream like state, inhaling all that gray gloominess… I reach for the sun. Light cheers me up. Often in my dreams, I see bridges and the sea. The waves crashing nearby lull me to sleep, and then, I awaken to the din of traffic outside or the cat calling his friends to stop by and play. I prefer dreamscape to dreamy. You ask why? The word “dreamy” reminds me of Patrick Dempsey not dreams and memory… I wonder why!

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Excerpt from The Awakening by Rumi
I tried to remember in my heart
what I’d dreamt about
during the night
before I became aware
of this moving
of life

I found my dreams
but the moon took me away
It lifted me up to the firmament
and suspended me there
I saw how my heart had fallen
on your path
singing a song

Once, an elder told me, in my father’s village, that water and bridges take us across the veil from the land of the living to the ancestral realm…. “In a good way”, he intoned, when I expressed alarm. “The water is healing and the bridge assures a return”. What about the ducks? I ask. “They have their place as a backdrop to the life before us. They provide us with beautiful memories in the background of all of life’s challenges. Flowers, nature and love do too”. So enjoy the ducks in the park pond, their role is crucial to our memory…

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