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Understanding Cord Blood vs. Cord Tissue. Vs. Placental Tissue

As an expecting parent, you want to do what’s best for your child. Yet even with all the “best” intentions, it can be confusing trying to sort through all the information out there. For example, let’s take a look at things like cord blood banking and cord tissue storage — how do they differ? And […]

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cord blood banking

How Much Does It Cost To Save Cord Blood With a Private Bank?

Cord blood banking is a relatively new form of modern science, but it has grown in popularity over the last decade or so because of its potential to revolutionize medical treatment for future use. But, what is it? How much does it cost? And is it worth it? These are all questions that most parents […]

Expecting couple talks with their obgyn about storing vs donating cord blood after delivery.
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Storing vs Donating Cord Blood: Pros and Cons

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding things in the world, but it can come with many challenges…especially if you’ve never done it before. If you are expecting your first child, let’s start by congratulating you on your growing family! It’s going to be a wonderful journey that’s unlike anything else in the […]

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Stem Cell Myths Debunked

Stem cell therapy has revolutionized modern medicine and has grown into one of the most formative areas of research and therapy options today. However, there is still a lot of controversy surrounding the subject. But, why? Well, the truth of the matter is that most of these viewpoints and objections stem from misconceptions and myths […]

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Why Are Parents Saving Cord Blood?

As new or expectant parents, we tend to do a lot of research on the internet. One thing that seems to pop up quite a bit is cord blood banking. Although it is a relatively new option available to parents, it has continued to grow in popularity, but the question remains: why are parents choosing […]

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Planning Ahead and Other Things To Do While Pregnant

You just found out that you’re pregnant, and can’t wait to share the news! The rush of the initial excitement continues as you make your “we’re expecting” announcements online and in person for family and friends. The excitement and anticipation are far from over, but with nine months ahead of you, you might be asking […]

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