How Long Can Cord Blood Stem Cells Be Stored? #how #long #can


What Happens To Cord Blood Stem Cells After 20 Years of Storage

Companies have only started to store cord blood for the last 20 to 25 years or so, and for cord tissue a bit less than this. Given this limited time frame of those working in the field, there is no data on how well blood or tissue stores beyond 20 years. Studies have found, however, that cord blood may be able to be stored indefinitely at liquid nitrogen temperatures (-196 degrees Celsius), and there is no evidence that it degrades over time. Research conducted by one of the foremost experts on cord blood stem cells shows that after 23.5 years of storage, there was no degradation in the cord blood samples. In terms of payments, after 20 years of storage you can prepay $1999 for another 20 years of storage. It’s common to think of the payment process like life insurance. If you pay for the initial storage and cancel after 20 years, it’s like canceling life insurance early just because you’re still living.

Studies have found, however, that cord blood may be able to be stored indefinitely at liquid nitrogen temperatures (-196 degrees Celsius), and there is no evidence that it degrades over time.

Our Quality Promise

Americord is of the highest quality in cord blood and cord tissue storage. We believe in and follow all of the best practices for cord blood and cord tissue collection and storage. These include the following:

  • FDA
  • AABB standards
  • State guidelines
  • Federal guidelines and applicable licenses

Not only are our practices safe, but we also use the only commercially available FDA-approved sterile exterior cord blood bag that is on the market and the fastest medical courier. Using these quality methods and materials, we have been able to collect up to twice as much as other cord blood banks and industry standards. A larg er amount of stem cells opens up the possibility to treat larger patients or expand treatment options for smaller patients.

Learn more about the differences and benefits of cord blood banking and cord tissue banking to know what’s best for your family plan.

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The time of labor and birth of your baby is a wonderful milestone in your family’s life, and a miraculous new beginning. Your baby’s birth is also the perfect time to collect your newborn’s umbilical cord and placenta blood for cryobanking and storage. While many parents are banking their babies’ cord blood, you can actually do more by banking stem cells from two usable sources of stem cell-rich blood: the umbilical cord and the placenta. This service is called placental and cord blood banking, and it is available only from LifebankUSA which is registered with the FDA.

Why is banking stem cells the right thing to do for your baby?

Banking placental blood in addition to cord blood doubles the number of segments preserved and increases the total number of stem cells available. This is important for two reasons. First, transplanting more stem cells has been shown to increase the probability of transplant success and survival if needed. Second, having multiple segments available may offer the potential to treat additional conditions that may affect your baby and/or other close family members. Whether this child is your first or an addition to your family, you want to do everything you can to provide for your newborn’s well-being now and in the future. Cord blood and placental blood and tissue banking provides you with the ability to collect and preserve potentially lifesaving stem cells and bank even more stem cells. This is accomplished by collecting them from two usable sources of stem cell-rich blood: the umbilical cord and the placenta. And, doing so could one day save the life of your child or a close family member.

FemmPro OB/GYN believes that banking the most stem cells may ensure the best possible outcome for your child or family member in case there is a need for a future transplant. Your doctor simply takes the blood and tissue in a special LifebankUSA collection kit and is sent to their local processing and storage facility in New Jersey.

With LifebankUSA, you also have the option to donate the umbilical cord and placenta to contribute to lifesaving medical breakthroughs that will help save lives through research and transplantation. LifebankUSA accepts donations from any hospital nationwide. So, please consider donating cord blood and placenta to help save lives, even if you make a personal decision not to pursue private banking.

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Comparing Cord Blood Banking Companies #cord #blood #registry #vs #viacord


Comparing Cord Blood Banking Companies

With so many banks out there, it can be hard to know where to go. We give you guidelines for researching public and private banks so you can find the right one to fit your needs.

By Heather Morgan Shott

Qualities to Look for in a Cord Blood Bank

An accredited lab. In the United States, the FDA requires all public banks to have a Biologics License Application, but not private banks, though they are registered and inspected. Both public and private banks should have extra accreditation, which means banks are evaluated for the quality and accuracy of work. The two companies that handle accreditation are the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). Look for a bank with its own lab (some banks use labs at other banks), which means more regular quality control and testing standards.

A history of releasing cord blood units for therapy. “This shows they’re not just selling contracts to parents — there are doctors who are actually accepting units of cord blood that have been stored there for therapy,” says Frances Verter, Ph.D. founder and director of Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating parents about cord blood donation and cord blood therapists.

A courier collection service. Private banks have a person pick up your donated cord blood, which helps ensure that it arrives at your chosen bank quickly and doesn’t get lost along the way, and that the temperature will remain consistent enough to be accepted at the lab. (Public banks usually send an insulated kit for you to preserve and mail the cord blood.)

A well-established history. Public banks are affiliated with nonprofit research institutions or hospitals, so they have a better chance of being managed more soundly. For families without a history of diseases treated by cord blood, such as leukemia and sickle cell anemia, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that cord blood be donated to public banks. Although the AAP states cord blood has been used to treat certain diseases successfully, there isn’t strong evidence to support cord blood banking. If a family does choose to bank cord blood, the AAP recommends public cord blood banking (instead of private) to cut down on expenditures. Private cord blood banks are affiliated with business corporations, so, like any business, they may go under, says William T. Shearer, M.D. Ph.D. professor of Pediatrics and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Six Cord Blood Banks in the United States

Cryo-Cell, Viacord. and Cord Blood Registry are three of the oldest and largest private cord blood banks in the United States. They’ve been storing cord blood since the early ’90s, and they’re all accredited by the AABB. Cryo-Cell is located in Oldsmar, Florida; Viacord in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Cord Blood Registry in San Bruno, California. Each of these banks has its own private labs that test for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis, cytomegalovirus, and human T-cell lymphotrophic virus (considered a precursor to leukemia); the testing is included in their registration fee.

Lifebank USA is another private bank, located in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, that’s accredited by the AABB. What sets this bank apart from the others: it’s one of the few banks that store umbilical cord blood and placenta blood (this is done for free). Stem cells from placenta tissue can turn into skeletal tissue types such as bone, cartilage, fat tissue, and connective tissue, whereas cells from cord blood turn into different types of blood cells.

Family Cord. located in Los Angeles, has a high-quality lab, a top rating from the Better Business Bureau, and accreditation from AABB; it’s also been in business since 1997. Family Cord is one of the few banks that will also cover the cost of cord blood banking for the first year (there’s an annual fee after the first year) in cases where a baby has a sick sibling or another family member who could benefit from the cord blood.

Carolinas Cord Blood Bank. established in 1998, is one of the largest public cord blood banks. It’s affiliated with Duke University, where trials are currently taking place to treat children with cerebral palsy with their own cord blood. Parents can mail in their cord blood donations and receive financial aid if they have a sick older child or family member who can be treated with cord blood.

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Spinal Nerves Up Close #spinal #cord #drawing


Spinal nerves up close

You have 31 pairs of spinal nerves (somatic nerves). They are located at each verebral level of the spinal cord:

  • 8 cervical (C), in your neck or upper area of your spinal cord
  • 12 thoracic (T), in your chest region
  • 5 lumbar (L), in your middle to lower back
  • 5 sacral (S), in your lower back
  • 1 coccygeal (Cx), in your low back

Types of spinal nerves:

Spinal nerves consist of two types of nerves:

Sensory nerves

Sensory nerves deliver information to your spinal cord from muscles and joints about your body position. They also transmit sensations such as touch, pressure, pain and temperature, which are experienced on the surface of your skin. This information enters your spinal cord via your posterior grey horn. It is then passed to the spinal tracts and transmitted up to the brain.

The following diagram is known as a dermatome chart. It is used to map the areas of the skin that relate to particular spinal nerves.

Motor nerves

Motor nerves (motor neurons) pass information received from your brain through your spinal tracts to your skeletal muscles to direct precise voluntary movements.

Spinal nerves are linked to specific muscles:

  • Cervical spinal nerves supply the muscles of your neck, shoulders, arms and hands, and diaphragm.
  • Thoracic spinal nerves supply your truck muscles and muscles involved with breathing.
  • Lumbar and sacral spinal nerves supply your hip, leg and foot muscles. In addition the sacral nerves supply your anal and urethral sphincters.

The following chart shows myotomes. Myotomes relate to the muscles or group of muscles (and their respective movements) that come from particular levels of the spinal cord.

Cervical spinal nerves

The spinal nerves in the cervical and 1st thoracic region of your spinal cord pass impulses or messages to your neck, arm and hand muscles. This allows movement such as bending or flexing, and straightening or extending your elbow, wrist and fingers.

  • C 5 powers your biceps muscle and allows you to bend your elbow.
  • C 6 powers your wrist muscles.
  • C 7 powers your triceps muscle that allows you to straighten your arm.
  • C 8 powers your fingers to grip an object.
  • T1 powers your little finger and ring finger, so you can splay them apart.

These basics movements of the arms and fingers allow you to do many daily activities, including:

C3, C4 and C5 power your diaphragm. When your diaphragm contracts, it draws your lungs downward, expanding them and allowing them to fill with air.

Thoracic spinal nerves

T1-12 power the muscles that lie between the ribs (intercostal muscles). These also help you breathe by drawing the rib cage outwards and upwards, pulling the lungs in the same direction. The lungs expand, helping them fill with air.

The diaphragm and the intercostal muscles are your major breathing muscles.

Your lower thoracic spinal nerves T6-12 provide power to your abdominal muscles. These muscles help you cough and expel matter from your air passages. Abdominal muscles are also important in balance and posture.

Lumbar and sacral spinal nerves

Nerves in the lumbar (L) and sacral (S) sections of your spinal cord power leg muscles for walking, running and jumping.

L2 powers muscles that bend or flex your hip joint.

  • L3 powers your quadriceps muscle so your leg straightens at the knee.
  • L 4 powers muscles around your ankle, allowing your ankle to bend and draw the foot back towards your head (dorsi-flexion).
  • S1 powers muscles around your ankle, allowing it to bend and your foot and toes to point downwards (plantar flexion)
  • S2-S4 powers external sphincter muscles of your anal canal and urethra.

Autonomic nervous system

Your autonomic nervous system (ANS), which is part of the peripheral nervous system, consists of two divisions: parasympathetic and sympathetic, and they work in a complementary manner.

The ANS is responsible for bodily functions such as digestion, urination, changing the size of blood vessels in order to regulate blood pressure, regulating body temperature and keeping your heart beating.

Your parasympathetic and sympathetic nerves receive information from your brain down through your spinal cord. This information is then passed on to organs, glands and blood vessels.

Parasympathetic nervous system

Your parasympathetic division is subdivided into the cranial and sacral sections.

  • The cranial section consists of the cranial nerves III, VII, IX, X which are located in the lower part of your brain, your brain stem.
  • The sacral section is made up of autonomic nerves from the sacral section of your spinal cord, the S2, S3 and S4 levels.

The parasympathetic system is responsible for:

  • slowing your heart rate
  • bronchial or air passage constriction
  • increasing gastric secretions
  • bladder function (e.g. bladder muscle contraction, release of urine)
  • bowel function
  • sexual function (e.g. erectile function and lubrication)
Sympathetic nervous system

The sympathetic system consists of nerves that are located in the thoracic and lumbar region of the spinal cord between T1-L2 levels.

The sympathetic system is responsible for:

  • increasing your heart rate
  • increasing blood pressure
  • increasing respiratory or breathing rate
  • regulating your temperature
  • pupil dilation (enlargement)
  • bronchial or air passage dilation
  • decreasing gastric secretions
  • bladder function (e.g. bladder muscle relaxation, storage of urine)
  • sexual function

Spinal reflexes

Spinal nerves provide a pathway for reflex activity. Reflexes are fast and automatic responses (e.g. when an area of your skin contacts a hot surface, you quickly withdraw that part of your body away from the heat).

A variety of reflexes occur through your spinal cord.

  • Reflex activity happens between your spinal cord and skeletal muscles via your spinal nerves (e.g. when the tendon of your quadriceps muscle is tapped below the knee joint, your knee jerks upwards).
  • Reflex activity also happens between the spinal cord and organs and glands through autonomic nerves. These allow the many systems of your body to function without conscious control.

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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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Advocacy Public Policy

United Spinal is actively involved in advocating for benefits and regulations that are beneficial to paralyzed Americans and all people with disabilities. We encourage everyone to get involved and be an advocate and activist. We can and will facilitate change by joining together and speaking as one.

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What We Fight For

1 – Access to Quality Affordable Healthcare

United Spinal advocates for policies which assure people with disabilities receive quality affordable healthcare that meet their needs.

Medical equipment, therapy and prescription drugs

  • Ensure increased access to needed durable medical equipment, medical supplies and related services, prescription drugs and outpatient therapies.
  • Support improved coverage for prescription drugs, habilitative and rehabilitative benefits and other consumer protection including insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions and the prohibition of discrimination based on an individual’s health status or diagnosis.

Medical and scientific data

  • Monitor current and emerging medical and scientific information related to the health and well-being of all persons living with SCI/D. Work to ensure that all persons living with SCI/D have access to every opportunity that improves their health and quality of life.

CORE BELIEF 2 – Independent Living, Employment and Self-Sufficiency

United Spinal supports policies that allow adults and young people living with disabilities to maximize their independence and remain active in their communities. Individuals with disabilities must have equal access to affordable, accessible housing and transportation; opportunities for competitive, integrated employment; and self-sufficiency through improved income security.

  • Support policies that increase access to affordable, accessible housing for all.
  • Support local and federal policies that create affordable, accessible transportation options for all. Support policies that promote compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and continue efforts to promote and ensure pedestrian safety.

Employment, Self-sufficiency and Income Security

  • Support increased opportunities for access to competitive, integrated employment, income generation, asset-building and community integration.
  • Support and expand coverage for long-term services and supports.

CORE BELIEF 3 – Consumer-Directed Quality Health Care and Community Integration

United Spinal promotes policies that establish consumer-directed quality health care and community integration. Individuals with disabilities must have access to community-based services and supports and customized care that best meets their needs and facilitates their independence and community engagement.

Home and Community-Based Services and Supports

  • Advance the use of home and community-based services (HCBS). Provide opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their own homes or communities.

Delivery of Care

  • Promote best practices for delivery of care based on individual choice, person-centered planning, consumer self-direction while enhancing personal financing options.

CORE BELIEF 4 – Preservation of Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability Benefits/Supplemental Security Income

  • Advocate for policies that improve, simplify, and update social security disability (SSDI) benefits for individuals with disabilities and supplemental security income (SSI) to individuals with disabilities with limited income.
  • Maximize employment opportunities for current and future beneficiaries.

Disability Benefit Determinations

  • Work to ensure that claimants receive their disability benefits as quickly as possible.

Social Security Administration Funding

  • Support adequate funding of the Social Security Administration for personnel and service needs.

CORE BELIEF 5 – Protect the Rights of People with Disabilities

United Spinal believes that discrimination against individuals with disabilities that produces barriers to housing, employment, transportation, health care and other programs and services must be eliminated. Without protections provided through the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Air Carriers Access Act, and other similar laws, individuals with disabilities are restricted from participating fully in society and living active, productive, independent lives with access to employment, educational and social opportunities as is their right.

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What is Cord Blood 2.0™?

Americord® gives parents the chance to collect enough stem cells to treat children into adolescence and even adulthood. Our Cord Blood 2.0 technology has the ability to collect enough stem cells to treat a person with certain conditions up to 165 pounds. Traditional cord blood banks often collect only enough stem cells to treat a child under 65 pounds.

Collect up to twice as many stem cells as the industry standard with Cord Blood 2.0™

More stem cells means the chance to treat larger patients.

More Stem Cells = More Options

Until now, a huge limitation of cord blood banking has been that the number of stem cells that are preserved in a typical cord blood collection are only sufficient to treat someone up to about 65 pounds. With Cord Blood 2.0™, up to twice as many stem cells can be preserved, making it possible to treat larger patients and expand treatment opportunities for smaller patients.

Included With Every Purchase

Americord is the leader in umbilical cord blood, cord tissue and placenta stem cell banking. Learn more about cord blood banking and get your free Info Kit.

This Privacy Policy and Terms of Use sets out how Americord Registry uses and protects any information that you give Americord Registry when you use this website.

Preserving stem cells does not guarantee that the saved stem cells will be applicable for every situation. Ultimate use will be determined by a physician. Please note: Americord Registry s activities are limited to collection of umbilical cord tissue from autologous donors. Americord Registry s possession of a New York State license for such collection does not indicate approval or endorsement of possible future uses or future suitability of cells derived from umbilical cord tissue.

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Cord Blood Facts

Do you have the latest cord blood facts?

Cord blood is the blood left in the umbilical cord and placenta following the birth of a child. Here are a few cord blood facts that maybe you didn t know:

  1. Cord blood is a potent and noncontroversial source of stem cells.
  2. Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat and cure more than 80 life-threatening illnesses . including many cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders.
  3. Just as important, neither the mother nor child is harmed in the collection of cord blood. The collection does not interfere with the birthing process.

Cord blood is quickly becoming the favored source of stem cells used in transplant therapy. It has many distinct advantages . Cord blood is easy to collect, store and access quickly for a transplant. Unfortunately, cord blood facts are not always easy to find or understand and the media does not help by presenting confusing terms.

Unlike embryonic stem cells, cord blood is not controversial or unethical in any way. Cord blood has no political or religious issues.

Save the Cord Foundation understands that many pregnant women have questions about cord blood and the collection process. Please visit our FAQ or read stories shared by families who have gone through the process.

More about Cord Blood Stem Cells

More information about cord blood is also available at:

  • (NMDP/National Marrow Donor Program)
  • AABB (American Association of Blood Banks now an international group)
  • FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapies)

It is important to note when conducting further research regarding cord blood that many “informational” cord blood sites appear to be unbiased, but are actually owned by various for-profit, private cord blood banks. Be sure to thoroughly research the site before considering the information you read.

About Save the Cord Foundation

Save the Cord Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was established to promote awareness of the life-saving benefits of cord blood based on unbiased and factual information. The Foundation educates parents, health professionals and the general public about the need to preserve this valuable medical resource while providing information on both public cord blood donation programs and family cord blood banks worldwide.

Support Save the Cord Foundation

Our mission depends on supporters like you. Please support our cause by making a donation or promoting our website and message where you can. We appreciate all the support!

TBI: Injury Brain Car Accident #automobile #accident #lawyers,auto #accident #lawyers,car #accident #lawyers,traffic

Car Accident TBI

Over half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are the result of an automobile accident. A traumatic brain injury can occur as a result of any force that penetrates or fractures the skull; areas which are susceptible during an auto accident.

Trauma to the brain can occur during an automobile accident when the skull strikes, for example, an object like a steering wheel or windshield. There may or may not be an open wound to the skull due to the accident, however in automobile accidents, the skull may not necessarily need to have been penetrated or fractured for a traumatic brain injury to occur. In the case of an automobile accident the sheer force of the accident can cause the brain to collide against the internal hard bone of the skull. The reason why this can occur is that when a moving head comes to a quick stop, the brain continues in its movement, striking the interior of the skull. This can cause bruising of the brain (referred to as a contusion) and bleeding (brain hemorrhage) which may not be visible at the time of injury.

Blunt trauma is a more serious type of head injury that can occur in an automobile accident when a moving head strikes a stationary object like the windshield, where the head is impacted causing an open wound which can be sustained from a variety of sources such as roof crush or occupant ejection in a car accident. At impact the brain opposite the site of impact is pulled away from the skull, injuring the brain there.

When a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or any type of severe injury in which the occupants of a motor vehicle have sustained serious, debilitating injuries severely affecting their way of life, there are a number of factors that should be evaluated. In some cases the extent of the injury may have been more severe due to outside factors that contributed to the accident.

Crashworthiness is a term used to define the ability of a structure, such as an automobile, to protect its occupants during an impact. The crashworthiness of a vehicle is a term used commonly when testing and investigating the safety of vehicles. In the case of an automobile accident which has led to a more severe injury such as a traumatic brain injury, you may want to discuss your case with an experienced attorney to find out if your injury was caused by factors outside of the types of injuries that one may see in a motor vehicle accident.

Depending on the nature of the impact and the vehicle involved, different criteria are used to determine the crashworthiness of the structure. In a crashworthiness case, it doesn t matter whose fault the accident was, and it doesn t matter how the accident occurred; the real question in the case is, Did the vehicle protect the person driving and the passenger(s) as it should have in the crash, according to attorney Joel Rosen of the law firm of Cohen, Placitella and Roth.

There is a duty known as the crashworthiness doctrine which states that although a collision may not be the normal or intended use of a motor vehicle, vehicle manufacturers must take accidents into consideration as reasonably forseeable occurences involving their products. The design and manufacture of products should not be carried out in an industrial vacuum, but with recognition of the realities of everyday use The manufacturer must evaluate the crashworthiness of his product and take such steps as may be reasonable and practicable to forestall particular crash injuries, continues attorney Joel Rosen.

In the case of an automobile accident, a traumatic brain injury may have occurred due to an automotive defect. Cases of an automotive defect have recently been featured in the news such as sudden acceleration, in which the vehicle suddenly accelerates due to a manufacturing defect. In these types of cases, there is a pre-existing defect in the vehicle, which may have actually caused the accident to occur. An automotive defect or defective part, can include anything from defective seatbelts, defective airbags, defective seatbelts, child seat safety failures or product recalls, tire failure or defective tires, improper window glazing, laminated versus tempered glass on windshields, side and rear windows, faulty door latches, improperly designed roofs which can crush in a car accident which results in a rollover, or defects in the vehicle which lead to rollovers.

When these types of automotive defects contribute to the accident, it can lead to more severe injuries for the victims.

No one expects to get hurt. But if you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, you need to someone who can stand up for you, protect your rights and fight for what is fair.

You ll want to contact an attorney who has the experience you and your family need. The lawyer will be able to assist in determining if you are entitled to compensatory damages for your injuries from those responsible due to at-fault, negligent, reckless or aggressive drivers or by other means such as defective parts, defective or recalled vehicle, or automotive design defects. These include the cost of medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Victims may also be entitled to punitive damages, which are designed to punish the defendant for their reckless behavior in the case of automotive negligence/ liability claims. Click here to contact an experienced attorney now.

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Umbilical Cord Care: Cleaning and Signs of Infection #newborn #umbilical #cord #infection


Umbilical Cord Care

The umbilical cord transported nutrients from you to your baby throughout your pregnancy. Now your baby has a purplish-blue stump that is about a half inch to an inch long. It will take some time (approximately 1-2 weeks) before the stump dries up and falls off. It will take a little care and attention to prevent irritation and infection.

Umbilical Cord Care: Cleaning and Signs of Infection

How do I Care for my Baby’s Umbilical Cord?

Keep The Area Clean

Pediatricians used to recommend cleaning the base of the cord with rubbing alcohol. However, most now recommend leaving the stump completely alone because alcohol is believed to irritate the skin and sometimes delays healing. Other methods in caring for your baby’s cord include the use of Goldenseal Root and Echinacea. It is best to consult your child’s pediatrician for his/her recommendations before using either of these alternative methods.

Keep The Area Dry

Allow the cord to be exposed to air as often as possible. This allows the base of the cord to dry and will decrease the amount of time that is required for healing to occur. Using newborn diapers that have a special cut out or folding your baby’s diaper down will help keep the cord from becoming irritated. If weather permits, dress your baby in just a t-shirt and diaper to allow more time for the cord to dry out.

Only Give Sponge Baths

Do not bathe your baby in a sink or special tub until after the umbilical cord has fallen off. If your baby does take a bath, make sure to fan the area to dry it completely. You do not want to rub it dry as this could cause irritation.

Allow The Cord to Heal Naturally

It may be tempting to “help” the cord dry out and fall off especially if it appears to be hanging on by a thread, but it is best to allow this to happen naturally. Refrain from picking and pulling the cord off.

What are the Signs of Infection?

Signs of infection may include if the cord:

  • Base appears red or swollen
  • Continues to bleed
  • Oozes yellowish or white pus
  • Produces a foul smelling discharge
  • Seems painful to your baby

Signs of infection of the umbilical cord stump can result in omphalitis (a life-threatening infection of the umbilical cord). This is considered a serious condition and needs to be treated immediately.

When Should I call my Baby’s Pediatrician?

  • If there are signs of infection.
  • If the cord is actively bleeding. This normally occurs if the cord is pulled off prematurely. Active bleeding is defined as when a drop of blood is wiped away, another drop appears.

What is an Umbilical Granuloma?

An umbilical granuloma is a small nodule of firm pinkish-red tissue (similar to scar tissue) with persistent yellow-green drainage. This is different from an infection because it is not accompanied by swelling, redness, warmth, tenderness, or a fever. This is most often treated by cauterization which is performed by applying silver nitrate to the area to burn the tissue. There are no nerve endings in the area, so it is not painful.

Can I ensure that my baby has an “innie”?

There is no way to predict whether you child will have an “innie” or an “outie. Many people believe that taping a coin or other flat object over the navel will help ensure their child has an “innie, but this is not true.

Last Updated: 08/2015

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What you do after an accident may affect your claim.

You may be very unsure of how to proceed. However, what you do after an accident may affect your ability to bring a claim. That is why it’s important to involve legal professionals who can help you through the maze of insurance company processes and potentially help you obtain fair compensation for your injury. If you don’t handle things correctly, your claim can easily lose steam, fall apart, or fail to come together entirely. This website focuses on victims of car accidents in the Santa Clarita, CA area. Car accident injuries fall under the larger umbrella of “personal injury law” and having someone give you straight facts can be invaluable to your case.

You may be wondering:

How should I get medical care?
Should I hire a lawyer?
How should I deal with the insurance companies?
Should I give a recorded statement?
What kind of compensation can I get?
Do I have a case worth pursuing?
Who is going to fix my car?
What about lost earnings?

It’s wise to consult with an experienced attorney.

Some people are reluctant to involve a lawyer at the outset – they figure they will handle things on their own and later involve a lawyer “if it is necessary.” However, this is like calling a doctor during your surgery, after you’ve already done too much damage. That’s not to imply that every case needs a lawyer, but if you are involved in an accident where you’ve been injured, you are usually better off getting advice from the beginning. That doesn’t mean you have to hire the lawyer. You can just get advice.

Talk to someone who can guide you.

If you’ve had a serious injury from a car accident in Santa Clarita or surrounding communities, it is imperative to talk to someone who knows how the process works. Would you step into a raft down the Colorado River without an experienced guide? Of course not. You would take a guide with you. someone who’s been down the river and knows where all the twists and turns are. The same holds true for bringing a claim against the responsible party as the result of a serious car accident injury. An experienced attorney can help you make good decisions about your injury case (and whether bringing a claim is even a good idea).

You don’t necessarily need a lawyer!

Having worked as a defense lawyer for an insurance company, Robert brings a unique and realistic approach to his analysis of your case. In many cases, bringing a claim is not the best thing to do. By the same token, Robert will advise you if bringing a claim has some merit and what you might expect. Also, Robert will advise you if handling your case without a lawyer is advisable. You don’t always need a lawyer when it comes to personal injury cases. In fact, this website has some helpful videos and articles regarding handling your own case.

During the process, he will consult with you at all the significant phases of your case. Robert will never file a lawsuit or take any significant action on your matter unless you are involved in the decision. Ultimately, the direction of your case is under your control, but Robert will help you by guiding you through the pros and cons. For example, there are economic dangers to bringing a claim that most late night personal injury commercials won’t tell you about. They only promise you “$2.1 million” and it’s easy to be lured into thinking there are no potential downsides to filing an accident claim.

Understanding your options.

Robert will help you weigh all your options and will advise you of all the potential downsides (and upsides of course). Having worked for the insurance companies, Robert knows how they will try to poke holes in your injury case. Together, Robert will work with you as you make your way down this “river” and help you manage the twists and turns of your personal injury claim. Your focus should be on getting better and seeking medical attention. not on the insurance adjuster and what he/she is asking of you.

Therefore, if you are involved in a serious car accident and you suffer injuries due to the negligence of another driver, please contact Robert Mansour for a free consultation regarding your case. Robert serves Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, Canyon Country and surrounding communities. If you want a friendly advocate who will explain things to you in a patient, understanding, manner, call Robert today at (661) 414-7100 or go to our “Contact” Page. Also, make sure to view the video library to learn more about your personal injury case .

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Give Today, and Save a Life Tomorrow

Having a child is a very special time in a woman s life, filled with many new and exciting decisions to be made. We’re glad that one of those decisions you’re considering is cord blood banking for your baby. Cord blood banking offers the gift of life for another child or maybe even an adult.

Cord blood is often discarded as medical waste after the birth of your baby, but by donating, it can make a difference in the lives of others. There are currently dozens of diseases for which cord blood cells are being used in treatment.

We provide a few options for what to do with your cord blood after the birth of your new family member. It can be donated to a public bank for storage and transplanted into any patient that is a match. Donations to research efforts are also available, where it will be used to look for ways to improve the transplant process and find new uses for cord blood cells. You also have the option to privately store the cord blood for use by your own family. You can find out more on our About Cord Blood page.

The Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas is an innovator in this industry and the first of its kind in Arkansas. We would be honored to be a part of the miracle of birth you will soon experience by helping you make a difference in the lives of others.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to provide you with more information.

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How Much Does Cord Blood Banking Cost? Question On Stem Cell Storage


How Much Does Cord Blood Banking Cost?

What Are The Costs Of Stem Cell Blood Banking?

The following is an average costing for private blood banking in Western Europe. While the service of public banking is free it does mean you are giving up rights to the stem cells. They go into a public pool available for use by the general public for medical treatment or by scientists for research.

United States
Most private cord blood banks charge between $1,000 and $2,500 for the collection, processing and initial storage of stem cells. Then you will be required to pay an additional annual maintenance fee of between $200 and $400. Additionally, you may need to pay the hospital a fee for organizing a health provider to withdraw the blood after delivery. Most health insurance companies will not cover these costs. When choosing a cord bank company to store your baby’s blood, ensure they are at a minimum accredited by the AABB, formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks. Accredited blood banks are inspected every 2 years by the AABB. In an ideal world choose a bank which has also passed the FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, FACT) inspection process. Only a handful of American companies have managed to do this.

The average cost of collection, processing and initial storage is about $1,200 and an annual ongoing fee of $100 to $150. You can normally reduce the annual fee by agreeing to pay a certain amount of years up front.

United Kingdom
The average combined cost of collection, processing and storage for 25 years is about £1,500 to £2,000. Currently about 100,000 sets of parents have chosen to bank their children’s blood in the UK.

The average cost of collection, processing and initial storage is about 1,700 Euros with an annual ongoing storage fee of 200 Euros. Irish people are less likely to use this service than their European counterparts. For example, while 18.5 percent of Greeks, 12 percent of Spaniards and 8 percent of Portuguese preserve the stem cells of their children, the figure stands at 0.0001 percent in Ireland.

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