COVID-19, Pregnancy & Cord Blood Banking

From Guest Blogger Karen Madden, Ph.D. – Vice President, Technology & Innovation PerkinElmer

Karen is a scientist, business development professional, mother of two, and is committed to driving innovation, pushing the boundaries of science and translating discoveries from the lab to the real world to improve women’s health.

The current coronavirus pandemic is certainly concerning to everyone, but especially to mothers and expecting mothers. Currently, it’s unknown if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from the COVID-19, but because of changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy, they may be at a higher risk of viral respiratory infections.1 Because the COVID-19 outbreak is so recent there are limited publications available analyzing its impact. However, in a small case study of babies born to mothers who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) none of the infants tested positive and the virus was not detected in any samples of amniotic fluid.2

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Debunking the Top 5 Childhood Sleep Myths. Guest Post | Whitney Roban Ph.D.

Myth # 1

Myth: The more sleep a child gets during the day, the harder it will be for that child to fall asleep at night. Read More

Getting Your Child to Sleep While on Vacation.
Guest Post | Whitney Roban, Ph.D.

Summer is finally here! Many families will be embark on a vacation this summer in the hopes of some relaxation time. Unfortunately, along with vacation relaxation often comes vacation sleep deprivation! Family vacations are known to wreak havoc on a child’s sleep. Sleeping in a new place isn’t easy for many adults, no less for children. Couple that change in sleep environment with changes to sleep schedules and routines, and you have a recipe for a sleep disaster! Read More

How to Prepare Sleep Schedules for Daylight Saving Time.
Guest Post | Whitney Roban Ph.D.

Springtime is upon us!  This change in seasons brings us warmer weather, beautiful flowers, and longer days.  Unfortunately, it also brings to parents the dreaded daylight savings time shift in sleep.  This “Spring Forward” can be stressful to parents of young children, as it can disrupt sleep schedules and routines.  I am here to offer my best tips for the upcoming daylight savings time so that your family has a smooth transition into Spring. Read More

How to Get Sleep Schedules Back on Track After The Holidays.
Guest Post | Whitney Roban, Ph.D.

Everyone needs a break from the regular routine and that is exactly what the holidays provide for us.  Whether you are experiencing the sun, surf and sand on a tropical vacation or the coziness of a staycation relaxing in PJ’s in your home, the holiday break allows us to forget about our fast paced and super scheduled lives for just a little while. Read More

How to transition your kids to a
“Back to School” sleep schedule.
Guest Post | Whitney Roban, Ph.D.

As the lazy days of summer transition to the harried days of fall and back to school, many families struggle with how to ease into their new hectic schedules.  An important, and often difficult, part of this transition is sleep.  Summer is often a time of relaxation, including relaxed schedules and routines.  Parents allow children to stay up later at night and sleep in the next day (especially teenagers).  Although everyone seems to love these carefree days and nights, the lax sleep schedules tend to wreak havoc on our ability to rise and shine when school starts up again.  As a Pediatric Sleep Specialist, I offer the following advice to help make the “back to school” transition as smooth as possible. Read More