Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs in approximately 5-8% of all pregnancies.1 Characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys, preeclampsia typically arises after 20 weeks of pregnancy.2 For a fraction of all cases – about 0.5% – preeclampsia results in the delivery of the baby before 34 weeks’ gestation. This is known as early onset preeclampsia. It can be more severe than preeclampsia and life-threatening in certain cases. Read More
Today’s guest post was written by Sarah Hughes, a mother of two and a preeclampsia survivor. In honor of Preeclampsia Awareness Month, Sarah has been kind enough to share her story. We want to thank Sarah for taking the time to help spread the word about this life-threatening condition that so many know nothing about. Here is her story…
During my pregnancy I researched all things baby. From the top of the line, safest car seats to what type of wheels I wanted on my stroller. I spent hours reciting my soon to be baby’s boy and girl name choices paired with my last name to be sure it fit well. What I didn’t research turned out to be the one thing that almost killed me…preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a life-threatening disorder that occurs during pregnancy Read More
ViaCord Speaker Spotlight
Novel Applications for Cord Blood: Exploring Regenerative Properties
Kate Girard, RN MSN, Senior Principal Clinical Affairs Specialist
We are excited to share that ViaCord’s own Kate Girard is not only attending, but is also speaking at the Cord Blood World Europe Conference occurring in London this Wednesday and Thursday. We are excited that Kate is able to attend this meeting because it offers her an opportunity to educate other industry professionals as well as bring back valuable knowledge to the ViaCord research team.This conference is all about advancing cord blood medicine and learning about the latest developments in therapeutic applications for cord blood. Over the course of two days, cord blood bank representatives, clinicians, and researchers will all gather together to discuss how to build deposits, reduce the costs of banking, and increase utilization. Read More
A Pediatrician’s Perspective: Developmental Milestones Through
Baby’s First Year
Guest Post – Dr. Bruce Brovender
The American Academy of Pediatrics takes this question very seriously and has laid out guidelines for Pediatricians to follow. It is very important to be constantly vigilant at each well baby visit for potential problems. I have learned to always listen to parents who may have a concern about their child’s development.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to talk to one of our very own ViaCord moms – Kate Girard, RN MSN. Kate has been with ViaCord for 13 years and manages the regenerative medicine program as well as facilitates all clinical aspects of the business. Here’s the scoop on her home life, work life, and how she balances the two:
What did you do before ViaCord?
“Before ViaCord I was a travel labor and delivery nurse. The cool thing about that was I got to see how different hospitals handled their labor and delivery departments. It gave me a good perspective on multiple birthing options and settings. Each hospital had its own vibe and way of doing things. Read More
Did you know May is Pregnancy Awareness Month? With a baby on the way, this is your month to celebrate, and we want to celebrate you by giving away some great prizes!
Here’s what you can look forward to: Each week during the month of May we’ll be running a contest centered around Pregnancy Awareness Month’s four pillars of pregnancy: Nutrition, Exercise, Nurture and Education. Keep reading for details on the awesome prizes…. Read More