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Wear Your Baby!

Babywearing has always been practiced in eastern cultures and across the world from Africa to Mexico for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. Women used to carry their babies onto their back or at the front on their tummy while caring for siblings or working. From an evolutionary perspective, humans are designed to be “carrying” species—meaning we have always kept our babies close, taking them along to forage for food for instance.

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Mothers Transmit Passive Protection Against SARS-CoV-2 to Newborns Through the Placenta

A study published in medRxiv this month suggests that antibodies in a mother’s blood can protect newborn babies from acquiring severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This finding gives researchers additional insight into how antibodies protect babies against the potential effects of COVID-19.

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Current Uses of Cord Blood for Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a new field of medicine where scientists multiply or modify the native cells of the immune system to help the body fight off viral infection, cancer, and other diseases.

There is a growing body of research to suggest that umbilical cord blood (UCB) may be the perfect source material for cellular immunotherapies.

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Guide to Sleeping Well During Pregnancy

Sleepless nights are most commonly associated with newborn babies, not pregnancy, but in reality if you aren’t careful, you could end up losing out on valuable sleep while pregnant, which in turn could harm your health and well-being as well as your unborn child’s.

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What are the Advantages of Cord Tissue Banking?

Did you know that aside from saving your baby’s umbilical cord blood after birth, you also have the option to store a piece of the umbilical cord itself? This is called cord tissue banking and is offered by many cord blood banks in addition to cord blood banking.

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Cord Blood: An Under-Utilised Source of Hematopoietic Cells

Umbilical cord blood (UCB) is a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which have the capacity to generate blood cells. HSCs are already used to treat over 80 different conditions and are the subject of dozens of ongoing clinical trials.

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7 Essential Beauty Tips for Pregnant Women

During pregnancy, every woman goes through an alarming amount of hormonal changes and for some, this can play havoc with their beauty regime. Learning to deal with those hormonal changes and the effect it has on your skin and body will be important.

Every pregnancy is different and that also means that every woman’s hormonal change will also be different, but what can you do to keep on top of it? This blog post is going to look at 7 essential beauty tips for pregnant women.

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How Umbilical Cord Blood Preservation Works

Many more parents are now deciding to save their child’s umbilical cord blood after birth, along with the accompanying stem cells in case these are needed for treatment or therapy in the future. The process by which this is done is non-invasive and the technology for storage has improved considerably over the last few years.

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COVID-19 and Stem Cells: Clinical Trial Update

Scientists from around the world have been rushing to develop more effective treatments for COVID-19 in recent months. Some of the most promising clinical trials have used stem cell-based therapies to alleviate COVID symptoms.

CellTrials.org recently published a list of all of the clinical trials which are testing the use of stem cell-based therapies. The data indicates that there were 111 new clinical trials in the first half of 2020.

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Checklist of Things to Do When Your Labour Has Started

As the due date gets closer and closer, you’re going to be preparing yourself for the birth. There are a number of things that you can do to help prepare for going into labour, but when your contractions are building up and your waters have broken, what do you when your labour has started?

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How Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Works

Umbilical cord blood collection is a procedure that involves draining off some of the umbilical cord blood into a bag. It is normally performed by a qualified caregiver or midwife and is a simple, pain-free process that should take no more than a few minutes. This is good news for expectant mothers who will probably have more important things to think about in the moments following birth of a child.

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