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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Can Stem Cell Therapy Relieve IBD?

For people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), trying to find the right combination of medications and treatments that provide relief may leave them feeling frustrated, hopeless and that managing it is never-ending. Although today’s available treatments and medications have come a long way, there is still a lot of room for improvement and research to be done. In an ongoing effort to help find relief for people suffering from IBD, researchers are turning to the stem cells found in umbilical cord tissue.

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Here For Our Customers During Challenging Times

Bukola has been on the ViaCord team for nearly 18 years and is passionate about ensuring our ViaCord families are taken care of from the minute they enroll with us until their stem cells are safely stored at our state-of-the art laboratory.  

Q & A with ViaCord’s Manager of Customer Service

We recently sat down with ViaCord’s Manager of Customer Service, Bukola, for a quick Q & A.  Bukola has been on the ViaCord team for nearly 18 years and is passionate about ensuring our ViaCord families are taken care of from the minute they enroll with us until their stem cells are safely stored at our state-of-the art laboratory.  Let’s see what she had to say:

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Autism Awareness Month

Every April, advocates are dedicated to spreading knowledge, promoting acceptance, and creating change for autism. At ViaCord, we like to show our support of Autism Awareness Month by raising awareness about autism and the ongoing research using cord blood and tissue stem cells in clinical trials in an effort to help children with autism.  

The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that 1 in 54 kids in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism each year. This incidence rate is up from 1 in 59 kids, making autism awareness more important than ever.

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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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