There’s something refreshing and natural about talking all things pregnancy with other expecting moms. Suddenly strangers can become friends and also your greatest cheerleaders throughout this unique journey. BabyCenter, an online community for expecting moms, is well known for being the home of support for millions of expectant moms. From providing educational resources to fostering smaller communities within, BabyCenter is the place to be for mommies-to-be.
An increasing number of families are taking time to learn about cord blood this month. Why? July is Cord Blood Awareness Month, of course! Also, the fact is, cord blood stem cells are doing amazing things today. Used in the treatment of a number of serious diseases, these cells have the ability to regenerate into additional stem cells or differentiate into specialized cells, such as nerve or blood cells. This remarkable ability makes them invaluable in medical treatments.
Let’s take a closer look at what Cord Blood Awareness Month is all about!
May is most notable for Mother’s Day – a day to celebrate moms everywhere for being nurturers, leaders, role models, and the best hug-givers! This year the month of May will also honor moms, in a powerful way, with the launch of National Preeclampsia Awareness Month.
Designed by the Preeclampsia Foundation, National Preeclampsia Awareness Month is a month-long educational campaign that aims to build awareness around preeclampsia, a life-threatening pregnancy disorder that affects hundreds of thousands of moms, and their unborn babies, each year. The Preeclampsia Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, advancing research and improving health care practices. They envision a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of mothers and babies. 1
Although most women with preeclampsia will deliver a healthy baby, some will experience complications. Worldwide, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year. 1 Despite such devastating numbers, too few people are aware and informed about this global health problem.
That’s where you can help!
All across the country this month people are helping raise awareness about premature births. According to the March of Dimes, 1 in 8 babies born in the US each year is born prematurely and 15 million babies worldwide are born too soon.1 Many of these little fighters will grow up healthy and unaffected by their early entrance into the world, however many will not. These babies are at an increased risk of serious medical complications and lasting disabilities including cerebral palsy; chronic lung diseases and vision and hearing problems.1
Although decades of research have been unable to identify an effective way to help prevent premature births, medical providers have made tremendous advances in caring for babies born too small and too soon. Read More
It may seem that every month a different group or charity is rallying around a cause, raising awareness for anything from illnesses to social issues to silly things like hamburgers (yep, we bet you didn’t know May is National Hamburger Month!).1 However, it’s rare that two separate advocacy campaigns complement each other as they did this month. September is both Blood Cancer Awareness Month and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and though they are separate campaigns, their goal is the same – help raise awareness about a life-threatening disease affecting thousands of people each year.
Whether tiny, tall, young or old, anyone can develop cancer. In both kids and adults, cancer occurs when normal cells begin to grow abnormally, divide at a rapid rate and invade other tissues. In many instances, these quick-growing cells form tumors, which can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). There are over 100 different types of cancer. 2
ViaCord families help raise awareness about cord blood banking on a daily basis – something we are very grateful for. From Facebook posts about the decision to bank, to simple ‘Did you know about…’ conversations in the grocery store, ViaCord families want others to know about the value of cord blood. We recently caught up with a ViaCord mom, Dawn, who is doing just that through a new endeavor of hers.
In 2007, Dawn welcomed twin boys into the world, and almost exactly two years later she welcomed another set of twins into the world – this time a boy and girl! Along with her husband, Tim, Dawn has spent the last several years raising her little ones while continuing to work part-time and further her education. A Super-Mom? We’d say so!
Dawn chronicled her successes and failures, and made tools along the way that helped her navigate the day to day. Read More