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Parents see NZ as safe haven for cord blood banking

Since New Zealand was named the safest country in the world by the international Global Peace Index (GPI) in June, calls from expectant parents in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US have risen dramatically. “We’ve had emails and calls from families in Denmark, Qatar, Singapore and Malaysia who have decided that whilst they…

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Thinking ahead paid off for Barrett family

When 9-year-old Barrett Ross was born, his parents chose to save the blood from his umbilical cord – ignoring the genetic counselor who told them there was no need for the expense. There was nothing in the family’s background to indicate potential disease for the newborn, the counselor told the new parents. (Uninformed advice that…

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Almost $1 billion invested in cord blood research last year

Over $938 million was invested in using cord blood stem cells to treat a whole host of illnesses and conditions in the US last year. Researchers are confident that these non-controversial stem cells will make a significant difference to the way that diseases and illnesses are treated in the future. Current research shows that stem…

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Irish parents urged to sue hospital over refusal to collect cord blood

A leading stem cell biologist has urged Irish parents who are refused the right to collect their babies’ umbilical cord blood for storage as future medical use, to sue the hospitals if their children later develop diseases such as cerebral palsy, stroke, and type 1 diabetes which can be treated with cord blood. Professor Colin…

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Expectant parents in NZ need to know more about cord blood benefits

Expectant parents need to know more about cord blood benefits. The founder of an international website dedicated to cord blood awareness has called for more education amongst expectant parents about cord blood banking, and launched a new information brochure to help spread knowledge. “I want all women to understand why cord blood must be preserved…

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Cord blood shows more promise in Stage 2 diabetic trial

The second stage of an innovative trial using cord blood to treat children with Type 1 diabetes is now underway at the University of Florida College of Medicine. In this phase 2 study the investigators are trying to see if a single intravenous infusion of autologous (self) cord blood cells followed by 1 year of…

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Sign up to bank your baby’s cord blood with CordBank in NZ for $750.00

Expectant parents can now sign up with CordBank for $750.00 and receive their baby’s special cord blood collection kit within 3 working days. Families with one or more children registered with CordBank can get their collection kit for the discounted sibling rate of $550.00.  Parents (or grandparents)  can choose to pay the $2,000 balance,  which covers the medical testing, processing and 1st year’s…

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Maia’s cord blood miracle – latest NZ progress “nothing short of remarkable”

The parents of Maia Friedlander, the first NZ child treated with her own cord blood after suffering brain damage at birth, have told local media that her progress has been nothing short of remarkable. In an interview with the Herald on Sunday earlier this month, Maia’s father, Daniel Friedlander said recent independent educational and occupational testing…

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Record number of New Zealand midwives trained in cord blood collection

The launch of our new online training programme has seen a big increase in the number of midwives who are now licensed to collect cord blood for local families. Midwives now feature in the top ten most active collectors of cord blood – making the service even more accessible nationwide. Families have told us that they look for a midwife…

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