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Cord blood banking matters to me: Naomi Keep, mother of twins

Naomi Keep, who recently gave birth to twins, talks about her awareness of the potential of cord blood and why she decided to store her twins’ umbilical stem cells with Biovault. 1. When did you first hear about cord blood banking? I became aware of it after a scan that indicated there could be potential […]

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10 cord blood facts every new parent should know

As more and more parents discover the healing properties of cord blood, delayed cord clamping and placenta encapsulation have become hot topics, sometimes eclipsing the important message that cord blood stem cells save lives. So what should you know about umbilical cord blood? 10 cord blood facts every new parent should know: Cord blood is a […]

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How to care for baby’s umbilical cord stump

Taking care of your newborn baby’s umbilical cord stump is one of the first challenges of parenthood and can be a nerve-wracking experience. Here are 5 simple steps to help you keep your little one’s budding belly-button healthy and happy. Shortly after your baby’s birth, her umbilical cord will be clamped and cut 2-3 cm […]

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Why Bank Umbilical Cord Tissue?

We’re familiar with the idea of cord blood banking and have read countless stories of the lives saved and enhanced by cord blood stem cell transplants. But why do Biovault Family offer umbilical cord tissue banking? Stem cells from cord tissue are not yet used therapeutically, so why are more and more families choosing to […]

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Third Stage of Labour: Natural or Managed?

The third stage of labour is finally a topic of conversation. While we’ve been able to have democratic discussions with our midwives and doctors about most of our birthing preferences for many years, the third stage of labour has long been veiled in approximately six parts indifference and four parts ignorance. After all, when you’re about […]

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Child safety and risky play

Child safety: a tricky balance Second only to cancer, accidental injuries are one of the UK’s biggest threats to children’s lives. “Accidents can be prevented” is the message of the organisers of this week’s Child Safety Week, “but there’s a balance to be struck. Children need to experiment, play and take risks.”(1) In fact there is […]

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What will you do with the afterbirth? Bin, Bank, Donate or Sell?

You’re likely to start hearing this question more often. As the UK wakes up to the fact that umbilical cord blood and tissue contain billions of life-giving stem cells, expectant parents have yet another decision to make, and this one might be the most important of them all.

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Cleft palate mended with umbilical stem cells avoids complex surgery

Cleft Palate affects 1 in 700 babies and may now be treated with stem cells from the umbilical cord. What is Cleft Palate? The NHS explains that “the gap is there because parts of the baby’s face didn’t join together properly during development in the womb.”  Babies can be born with a cleft lip, a cleft palate, […]

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