How much sleep does my child really need? Guest Post – Dr. Whitney Roban

Quotation MarksWhen parents ask me how much sleep their child needs, my answer continually surprises – it’s always much more than they expected. As a mom, I understand the place of surprise they are coming from. I remember when my first child was a newborn, it seemed as though he was always sleeping. As soon as my son would wake up, my parents would tease me and ask if it was time for me to put him down to sleep again. Joking aside it did feel as though he was always being put down to sleep, sleeping, or just waking up. The reason it turns out? Newborns need to sleep, a lot!

Of course, the required amount of sleep dwindles as your baby grows, but as a first time mom you’re not exactly sure what to expect and the guessing game can be exhausting. That’s why I’ve put together a sort of sleep roadmap to help guide you through what to expect from your little one’s sleep patterns as he or she grows…

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Stem Cells In The News

Tracking Stem Cells After Infusion
via Parents Guide to Cord Blood Banking

For the last decade, Dr. Assaf A. Gilad, PhD, Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University, and his lab have been developing a unique imaging technology that not only tracks the location of transplanted  stem cells post infusion, it also monitors cell viability and function – all in a non-invasive way.

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Prental Yoga Mommy-To-Be Modifications

Prenatal Yoga: Popular Poses
and Mommy-to-Be Modifications

Quotation MarksWhether you’re new to yoga or have been practicing for years, participating in class when expecting a baby can sometimes be confusing, even intimidating.  My advice: don’t worry, be patient, and keep reminding yourself that the reason you are there is for your and your baby’s health – that’s all that matters.  Below are some typical poses you’ll experience in class, along with their helpful mommy-to-be modifications:

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Prenatal Yoga Part 2

Prenatal Yoga:
Common Questions & Alleviating Concerns

Quotation MarksFor many expecting moms the thought of engaging in exercise during pregnancy can be worrisome. That’s why I’m going to focus on answering common questions I hear about participating in pre-natal yoga. I’ll also provide some helpful hints on how to best alleviate any concerns that may arise. Let’s dig in…

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Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga: A Three Part Series Begins

At the core of everything we do is our commitment and passion to help families live as healthy lives as possible. That’s why we’re excited today to welcome Nicole Witkov from Boston Babies – Your Guide to an Urban Upbringing as a guest contributor to the ViaCord Blog.

Nicole will be bringing us a three part series on prenatal yoga. As a blogger, health & wellness instructor, event planner, and mom of two little ones, Nicole knows all too well the importance of taking time to disconnect and reconnect. “Finding that space to catch your breath, regroup and reflect is an important part of everyday life and extremely beneficial both during and after pregnancy,” says Nicole. And to that we say Namaste.

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Autism and Cord Blood

Collaborating for a Cause: Autism
A Cord Blood Clinical Trial Underway

ViaCord supports Phase 1 Clinical Trial with Duke University Medical center to study safety of cord blood infusion in children with Autism.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of U.S. children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has sharply increased to 1 in 68 – up 30% from two years ago when the CDC estimated that 1 in 88 children had the disorder. The data also showed that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than girls:
1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls.1

ASD is a group of disorders characterized by “persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.” Although the exact causes of ASD are still unknown, research suggests that both genes and environment play important roles. 2

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