5 Tips to Help Your Baby Get Better Sleep

Sleep is important to our health, and now that you have a newborn, it’s especially important for both you and your baby even if it’s a bit unpredictable at first. The first few months babies sleep anywhere from 14-17 hours a day (that’s a lot!), but only 2-3 hours at a time (that’s not so much), which means that in between feedings, diaper changes and quality time, you’re trying to catch some Z’s yourself.1 Not to worry though, as your baby gets older, they’ll start to develop longer and more regular sleep patterns. Check out some helpful tips below on how to get your baby to sleep better so you both get the rest you need.

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Coming Together During COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating uncertainty every day, but one thing is certain – people will rise to the occasion and preserve to help make a difference.  Below some examples close to the ViaCord family.

OB-GYNs Share Their Stories

Run Towards The Fire:
Caring for Patients and the Homeless During COVID-19

Dr. Natalia Echeverri’s, MD, FACOG commitment and passion for caring for others during COVID-19 extends beyond the walls of her practice in Miami, Florida, to meet the needs of the homeless in some of Miami’s most undeserved neighborhoods. Read More

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Run Towards The Fire: An OB-GYN’s story of caring for patients and the homeless during COVID-19

Natalia Echeverri, MD, FACOG is an OB-GYN located in Miami, FL. Her commitment and passion for helping others goes beyond women’s health. When she is not in her office helping patients, she can be found spending quality time with her husband and two sons.

At ViaCord, we know just how special the OB-GYNs we work with are.  As busy as their days can be, from back to back appointments to delivering babies during all hours of the day, they always make time to help educate families about their option to bank their newborns’ stem cells. Why? Because they care. They care for their families as if they were their own.

Today, we’re joined by one those special OB-GYNs, Natalia Echeverri, MD, FACOG. Her commitment and passion for caring for others during COVID-19 extends beyond the walls of her Miami, FL OB-GYN practice, to meet the needs of some of Miami’s most undeserved neighborhoods.

Dr. Echeverri shares her story below…

During a crisis there is always a group of people who “run towards the fire.” We identify a need and try to find a way to meet it. COVID-19 is a perfect example of how we, as a community, ran towards the fire in different but all valuable ways. 

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Preeclampsia Awareness Month | ViaCord

Preeclampsia Awareness Month

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month in the United Sates.  Preeclampsia Awareness Month draws attention to the fact that at least 5-8% of all pregnancies are affected by preeclampsia, which is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. 1

One of the things that makes the clinical management of preeclampsia so tricky is that it usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had been normal. 2   Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious, even fatal, complications for both mother and baby.

Despite patient advocacy, the efforts of researchers, scientists and clinicians – and millions of dollars investment in seeking its prevention – the rate of preeclampsia in the US has increased 25% in the last two decades and is a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. 3

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Safeguarding Your Stem Cells: Q & A With Elizabeth from ViaCord Processing Lab

Elizabeth is Team Lead at ViaCord’s Processing Lab in Hebron, Kentucky. She’s been a part of the ViaCord team almost 10 years and helps manage a wonderful team dedicated to providing the highest quality product possible for our ViaCord families. As Elizabeth says, “Every day we strive to be the best at what we do.

Is the Lab still processing cord blood and cord tissue units in the timely and high-quality manner families are accustomed to?

Absolutely! I’m proud to say that ViaCord’s Processing Lab remains fully operational during this unprecedented time. We continue to work round-the-clock to process and store the cord blood and cord tissue units as soon as they arrive at our doors. Families should feel confident in knowing that every lab technician is acutely aware that banking is a one-time shot and, and that the stem cells we’re processing have the potential to change a life. That’s why quality has always been, and always be, our top priority. In addition, we have incredible relationships with our courier and suppliers. They understand how important the work ViaCord does is and they’re committed to doing everything in their power to ensure that there will be no disruptions to our services.

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How Our Day To Day Is Changing: An OB-GYN's Perspective

How Our Day To Day Is Changing: An OB-GYN’s Perspective

Jay Steven Cohen M.D, F.A.C.O.G. is a board certified OB-GYN and has been in practice in the Plantation and Fort Lauderdale area for the past 30 years. He currently practices at the Institute for Women’s Health and Body, in Plantation, FL

At ViaCord, OB-GYNs are a part of our family. From helping educate expecting families about their option to bank, to ensuring as much cord blood and tissue possible is collected at birth, our OB-GYNs are there every step of the way to help us, help families plan for their future. We’re always thankful for the OB-GYNs we work with, but these days we are especially thankful.

Today, we are joined by one of our favorites, Dr. Cohen. Dr. Cohen has graciously taken time out of his incredibly busy schedule to share his thoughts and provide a glimpse into his daily life as an OB-GYN during this unprecedented time. Thank you, Dr. Cohen, and thank you to all medical front-line workers during this time. You are our heroes and an inspiration to all.

Dr. Cohen shares his story below…

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