I have always been a huge advocate of blood donation. Once I turned 18, I was adamant about not only donating blood, but donating consistently. I donated whole blood every 56 days at my local nonprofit blood collection agency - Oklahoma Blood Institute. I felt good knowing that my blood was going to help those who needed it. It was a routine I was proud of. Unfortunately, I am sad to say, when I had my back-to-back pregnancies I got out of the habit of going. Looking at my precious ... Continue Reading
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Reasons to consider banking your newborn’s cord blood.
As a practicing obstetrician, I encourage my patients to consider saving their newborn’s cord blood and placenta blood stem cells for two important reasons. First, cord blood stem cells are used to treat as many as 80 life-threatening blood disorders. Second, important strides are being made in the field of regenerative medicine which is using these stem cells to build different types of tissue. In the future, they could potentially be used for traumatic injuries, diabetes, Parkinson’s ... Continue Reading