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How do you separate the hype from the facts about cord blood banking, so you can decide what’s ultimately right for you and your family?

Here are cord blood myths and facts published by the Cord Blood Association so you can make an informed decision regarding storing your baby’s cord blood stem cells: 

Myth:  Cord blood is a medical waste that has no value.

Fact:  A baby’s umbilical cord contains blood-forming stem cells that, when transplanted, can rebuild the bone marrow and immune system and save the life of a patient with a serious blood disease such as leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell disease.  Infusion of these cells can also treat patients with inherited genetic disorders, bone marrow failure or inherited immune deficiencies. More than 40,000 patients with serious diseases and disorders have benefited from cord blood treatments since the first transplant in 1988.

Myth:  Cord blood collection could affect or harm my baby.

Fact:  Cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord and placenta (often called “afterbirth”) after the baby is delivered and the cord has been cut.  No blood is taken directly from your baby.  The collection procedure does not interfere in any way with labor or the baby’s delivery, and poses no risk to the mother or baby.

Myth:  Expecting parents have up until the time of the baby’s delivery to decide to collect or donate cord blood.

Fact:  Preparations need to be made in advance of delivery for the collection of cord blood.  Expecting parents should talk to their obstetrical physician or other health care provider between the 28th and 34th week of pregnancy about their interest in storing or donating a baby’s cord blood.

Myth:  Cord blood can be donated at almost any hospital.

Fact:  Unfortunately, not every hospital offers the option of cord blood donation.  In Canada, there are several family cord blood banks to choose from and limited options for public banking. Canadian public cord blood banking services are provided by Canadian Blood Services, Hema-Quebec and Victoria’s Angels Cord Blood Registry.  These public banks accept cord blood donations only from specific hospitals.  Once donated, a cord blood unit becomes property of the public bank and will be banked if it meets stringent criteria.  A cord blood unit banked in a public bank is listed on international registries and made available to patients in need worldwide.

Myth:  Cord blood stored in a family bank can be used for treating anyone in the family.

Fact:  Cord blood stored in a family bank cannot be used to treat just anyone in the family.  Cord blood cells have genetic markers called human leukocyte antigens (HLA) that need to closely match those of the patient.  Brothers and sisters with the same biological parents have a 25% chance of being a perfect match, and a 50% chance of being a partial match.  Other family members are much less likely to be a match.

Myth:  There is little reason to store cord blood since stem cells can be accessed from other sources, such as bone marrow.

Fact:  Cord blood is one of three sources of blood-forming stem cells used in transplants.  The other two sources are bone marrow and the blood that circulates through the body (called peripheral blood).  Each source has advantages and disadvantages for various diseases, stages of disease and patients.  Among other advantages of cord blood are:

Unlike cells from adult donors, cord blood has not been as exposed to viruses, chemicals and environmental pollutants that can alter cell function. 

Cord blood immune cells are immature and can tolerate a recipient better than adult cells, so cord blood cells do not have to be matched as closely to the patient as do cells from adult donors.  

Cord blood may be accessed more quickly than stem cells from an adult donor who may have registered for donation years ago.  The donor must be located, consented, tested and harvested.  

Consequently, cord blood may be the preferred source for patients who have an urgent life-threatening genetic disorder, need a transplant quickly, or have an uncommon tissue type because of their racial or ethnic heritage.  The transplant physician team, together with the patient, can determine the best stem cell source from the available options.

Myth:  Cord blood treatments are experimental.

Fact:  Cord blood is an accepted source of blood stem cells for patients undergoing a blood transplant.  As such, they are used in treating more than 80 blood cancers, inherited genetic diseases, bone marrow failure, and immune diseases.  A list of these diseases is available online.

In other areas, cord blood therapies are being studied for nerve, heart, bone and metabolism diseases, especially in the rapidly advancing field of regenerative medicine.  The value of cord blood therapies for these diseases is being determined by ongoing studies.

Myth:  Cord blood transplantation is limited to the treatment of hematologic or blood diseases.

Fact:  Cord blood transplantation is an accepted treatment for blood diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell, as well as inherited genetic disorders, bone marrow failure and immune deficiency diseases.

In addition to these, research is under way to determine whether components of cord blood can treat other medical conditions such as birth asphyxia (brain damage from lack of oxygen), cerebral palsy and autism.  Cord blood therapies for these brain injuries and diseases are not standard medical practice, but are being evaluated in ongoing clinical studies and may prove useful in the future.

Myth:  Family cord blood banks have few quality standards.

Fact:Voluntary standards have been developed by two accrediting agencies:  AABB and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).  These organizations gather data from the banks and conduct on-site inspections to ensure that the cord blood is collected safely, and handled in a way that protects the quality, purity and potency of the cells.

The Cord Blood Association recommends that expecting parents ask about and consider a bank’s accreditation status when selecting a cord blood bank.

Myth:  Private family banking only makes sense if there is a history of blood diseases in the family.

Fact:  For a child born into a family that has no history of blood diseases, the chances of ever needing a privately stored cord blood unit are small, but not zero.  Through 2014, of the estimated 4 million privately stored cord blood units in the world, more than 400 units have been used for donor transplants.  In addition, more than 500 donor units have been used in promising clinical trials in areas such as brain injury, among others.

Myth:  Since I banked cord blood for my first child, I don’t need to store cord blood for the second child.

Fact:  If you banked cord blood for your first child, the reasons for banking cord blood for other brothers and sisters are the same.  There is about a 25% chance that any two siblings will have identical typing.

Myth:  If I choose to save cord blood for my child at birth, I do not need to also save cord tissue.

Fact:  Every year, new uses for cord blood and cord tissue are proposed or discovered.  Umbilical cord blood, as well as other birthing tissues, hold promise for treating a range of diseases, and you may wish to consider saving both at the same time.

There is no standard method to store birthing tissues other than cord blood at this time.  You should ask your cord blood bank about how the cord tissue is stored and how it might be used in the future.

Myth:  If someone in my family needs a cord blood transplant, they can access a matched unit in a public bank only if I donated my baby’s cord blood to a public bank.

Fact:  Anyone in need of an unrelated donor for transplantation can access public banks.

* Source published on www.cb-association.org/myths-and-facts

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You deserve the best sleep. That’s what Obasan offers. Nurtured is honoured to offer the Obasan experience in our Agricola Street store. Customize your bed to sleep well and live well today.

We have long believed organic mattresses are essential for health and wellness. Naturally, Nurtured began with a quest to offer organic handcrafted mattresses you could trust for your baby. Our move to Agricola Street in 2014 made room to satisfy a curated selection of Nurtured home items. Organic mattresses were first and foremost in this expansion.

Obasan’s twenty year warranty and use of only the highest grade of organic materials answer many of our customer’s initial searches. Beyond that crafting a customized mattress that zones comfort for each sleeper is what impresses our customers most to change their current sleep situation.

I came across this article published in a local Ottawa magazine during my visit to the Obasan showroom and factory.  It’s shared here with permission. Hope it furthers your personal search for discovering a great night’s sleep (in just the right amount of words).

Stop tossing and turning on a one-size-fits-all mattress. 

You can have a bed that is personalized to your body and your needs as well as your partner’s individual needs.

Obasan is a family owned Ottawa-based company that handcrafts high quality, luxurious organic mattresses tailored to both people who share the bed. Visit the sleep loft at Nurtured to customize your sleep experience.
Top to bottom and side to side, Obasan mattresses are customizable based on the height, weight and predominant sleep position of you and your partner. Whatever the differences are in your body types and sleep preferences, each of you can rest comfortably, sleep deeply and wake up refreshed. 
At the end of the day when it’s time to nod off again, you can stretch out or curl up on a mattress that’s ideal for your shape, supporting your spine and eliminating pressure points from your head right to your toes. Then as the years go by and your sleep requirements shift, for instance due to a back condition, your mattress can change along with you. Since Obasan’s core layers are interchangeable pieces, you can adjust them to ensure the best sleep no matter what. You’ll feel the difference – night and day. 

Exceptional Quality and Craftmanship

It’s all about quality and craftsmanship. The finest organic materials from around the world are used to handcraft every luxurious Obasan mattress, comforter, and pillow. 

Peruvian organic cotton is sourced from the foothills of the Andes. It is harvested by hand to keep it pure and adhere to strict GOTS (Global Organic Textiles Standards) certification. The result is cotton that is chemical-free, breathable and ultra comfortable. Carefully selected organic Argentinian wool comes from sheep in a remote region where no chemicals or pesticides have ever been used. Not only is the end result perfect for insulation and sleeping ease, it’s also naturally flame retardant. 

For the core of Obasan mattresses, the finest Sri Lankan organic rubber is used. It’s naturally anti-bacterial and dust-mite resistant and its durability, elasticity and retention of shape are exceptional. You’ll appreciate the outstanding heat and moisture regulation and air circulation. 

Finally, the foundation of every Obasan mattress is renewable Canadian wood that’s certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC). A blend of spruce and poplar is used that’s remarkably lightweight, durable, strong and anti-microbial. It’s an eco-friendly choice for your health, while also offering superior support for a great night’s sleep.

Always, you’ll sleep better knowing your mattress is free of harmful chemicals, including synthetics, polyurethanes, polyester and chemical flame retardants. There’s no need to worry about off gassing. 

At the same time,  you don’t have to sacrifice luxury or comfort when you’re making the effort to improve your health and your life by choosing organic products. Obasan thinks of all these things so you don’t have to.

There are many benefits that distinguish an Obasan organic mattress from a conventional brand. However, the excellence of materials used to handcraft mattress and the custom design of your personal experience truly set Obasan apart as the very best mattress for the uninterrupted sleep you deserve and need. 

Sleep plays a vital role in your health, wellness and quality of life. Not only does it impact your mood and your ability to function, it’s also a major factor in physical welfare, everyday performance and safety.

It’s worth spending a little more for a luxurious, comfortable Obasan product that’s handcrafted, made in Canada and of superb quality. You know it’s going to last and you’re getting an exceptional mattress that’s made for each of you. After all, compromising isn’t an option when it comes to sleeping and living well.

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Wondering what qualities to look for in a good nursing bra?

Our friends at Cake Lingerie put together this recent blog post.  Reknown for their lined straps and double edged side slings for comfort, Cake’s high quality materials and engineering smooth, support and flatter your shape. Cake understands the overall and many benefits of wearing good fitting pieces that can feel rewarding to the stages of pregnancy and nursing.

Now through November 7, 2018 join us as we collect donations for Adsum Women and Children and celebrate Dead Bra Days at Nurtured. We invite you to participate by gathering the gently used bras that stay in the back of your closet because they don’t fit you well and donate them along with pyjamas, socks, new underwear, and a list of other helpful items. In return you’ll receive 20% off your bra purchase.

A good nursing bra should be a like a best friend. You should love it and cherish the time to spend with it.

How many bras do you own that have not been worn for months/ years? Do yourself a favor and [donate to Adsum Women and Children]. If you have not worn them in the last few months, you are unlikely to wear them again anytime soon. They are simply taking up space in your drawer.

Replace those unused bras with brands/styles you love to wear. By having a few good bras it means you can alternate them often. This will help to extend their life.

SUPPORTIVE

A good bra should support your breasts. It should lift and hold them into place and minimize bounce.

A supportive bra will help to improve your posture and will give you a great shape and profile.

Choose either a flexiwire or wireless nursing bra depending on your preference.

MAKE YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL

Breastfeeding can be a difficult journey for some women. Loosing yourself and getting caught up in your motherly duties is common.

Putting on a beautiful bra in the morning helps to remind us that we are a woman first.

A JOY TO WEAR

A good bra will always feel great on. Finding bras that work with your lifestyle is essential to ensure they provide us with the functions we need in our daily lives.

PROVIDE SECURITY

A good bra will not put limitations on what we can and can’t do.

DURABLE

A good bra will wash and wear well.

The quality of the fabrics and accessories used will determine how long it lasts. The elastics and fabrics should be strong and supportive and retain there elasticity after many wears and washes ensuring a good supportive fit for many months of wear.

Always wash your nursing bras according to the care instructions. This will help to ensure it stands the test of time.

COMFORTABLE
A good bra should feel like a second skin. It should feel snug and comfortable to wear.

Extra features like cotton lined straps and cotton-lined cups will help to keep you feeling comfortable all day long.

FUNCTIONAL

What use is a nursing bra if it does not fulfill its function?

A good nursing bra will have easy drop down cups for a no fuss discrete feeding.

FIT WELL

A good nursing bra will hug you in all the right places. Your breasts should be fully encased in the cups with some separation. The back band should feel snug but comfortable and the straps should not feel as though they are digging in.

ECO FRIENDLY

A good bra should be conscious of the environment. Choose brands that have made conscious decisions to use environmentally safe practices such as Oeko tex fabrics, recyclable packaging and minimal waste in the production process.

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While at a networking event recently I asked Holly Wheaton of Parewell Organizing what 5 organization tips she would share with stay-at-home parents. Organization, after all, is one of those hard realities where adding a baby can feel like it has turned home life upside down.  Holly took my question and presented it to a group of moms “who navigate an incredibly difficult job with prowess, grace, humour, and humility”.

The common threads in these tips, Holly writes, emerge as the most impactful strategies.

Surprisingly, these strategies she found are not all that different from those that would a make positive impact for most anyone – but when running a household, the stakes can be much higher and the consequences of poor systems much greater.

Find your calendar

If you’re not already a calendar user, accept that you can’t remember all the things, at least not without using brain space and emotional energy you may need for other challenges. 

Paper or digital is a very personal choice – there are many blogs and articles online on the pros and cons of each. 

Consider what your needs are and what you want to use a calendar for – managing special dates, appointments, commitments and play dates? Keeping track of what’s happening in the schedules of others in your household? Remembering bill due dates, important renewals, vehicle maintenance, or seasonal tasks? Does it need to be mobile or centrally located in the home? 

You may need to test out different methods or apps to find the best fit, but the most important thing is to start and keep going until something fits.

Clear the clutter

Nothing sucks time or energy like mess, and studies have shown that clutter can cause hormonal patterns associated with negative health outcomes. In other words, it messes with us and can be bad news. 

You may feel like you don’t have the time to declutter, but when clutter builds up over time it becomes more difficult to manage, leaves you with more to clean and maintain and the whole situation is more overwhelming to deal with. What to do? Sell, toss, donate. Start bins in a storage area and label them sell, toss, and donate. Having these at the ready makes everyday decluttering top-of-mind and much easier.  As you move through your day and discover outgrown kids’ clothes, unused toys, or that outfit that just doesn’t feel ‘you’ anymore, place them in the appropriate bin. Minutes waiting for coffee to brew or during other tasks become opportunities to tackle one drawer, cupboard, etc. 

Over time, your house becomes less cluttered, and everything that needs to be sold, rehomed, recycled, or disposed of is all in one place. It’s much easier to schedule time to deal with the bins then get your head wrapped around a much larger and more involved task. When that clothing swap or community yard sale comes up, you’ll be ready to roll!

As your kids become able, involve them in the process. Having clearly-labeled bins or spaces for items help kids learn systems and remember where things go. Involving kids in downsizing toys to donate to a worthy charity or program for children in need helps to teach empathy, develop their understanding of the value of things, and get them invested in the decluttering process. 
We love the 3 Sprouts Laundry Hamper at Nurtured to tame the clutter. Save 15% through the month of October and November.

Be a champion of routine

Get into a good routine with your kids. Consistent waking, bedtime, mealtimes, and tasks helps kids learn boundaries and manage expectations. Make sure that there is time in your day for you to be totally alone without a task, even if it’s just for 5 minutes with a coffee at dawn, or in the backyard in the quiet and dark, after the kids go to bed.

If time management is not your strong suit, consider tracking your time for a couple weeks to see where it goes, where it could be reclaimed, and anywhere your routines need improvement or adjustment. 

Embrace meal planning

Meal planning and recurring meals allows for big, regular grocery days, bulk food-prep, and pre-cooking meals – a huge time-saver and sanity saver over struggling with the ‘what’s for dinner’ question or having to run to the grocery store constantly.

  • Look for one-pot, make-ahead, and freezer friendly recipes
  • Fall in love with your slow cooker
  • Make big-batch soups, chilis, and casseroles
  • Double recipes to eat one now and save one for later – great for lasagnas, pot-pies, curries, pizzas, pastas, and more
  • Freeze meals
  • Use wide-mouth mason jars to freeze single-serve lunches for you or your partner

As your kids grow, have them help with appropriate meal prep tasks – not only can this reduce your workload over time, but it builds their skills and confidence, and makes them more likely to be open to eating new or different meals. 

Release expectations. Set Boundaries.


If you struggle with saying no, really push to get comfortable one no at a time. As a mom, demands will be put on you, people will want to spend time with you and visit, and some may even cause you to feel guilt that they don’t see you or the children regularly. Remind yourself that you do not owe anyone your time. Don’t put pressure on yourself to attend community meetings, visit extended family, etc. Of course, relationships and family are important, but you can always welcome people to come to you.  Heck, even combine visits with childcare – if a family member really wants to see the children, perhaps they’d be willing to do so while you have coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in too long. 

Try to be realistic with your expectations. You may only be able to about 0-30% of what you thought you could every day. That’s not a sign you’re failing – that’s a sign you need a more realistic to-do list. Celebrate your accomplishments and let go of guilt. Raising a child and keeping a house is a full-time job. Full stop. That may not be what you want to believe, what others may tell you, or what Instagram or society would have you think is possible. Just as air-brushed and photoshopped bodies are unrealistic standards of beauty, so are many expectations and judgements placed on stay-at-home moms. 

Thank you again to Holly for sharing this piece.

What do you feel will be your family’s most vital tip for you to employ? I’d love to read your comments!

Holly Wheaton is a professional organizer and founder of Parewell Organizing. Parewell Organizing believes that what we accumulate weighs us down and therefore limits our potential. Life happens, and it’s often messy – no judgment here.

Clients usually contact Holly when they’re downsizing or moving, need to organize their home or office, or need to declutter and beautify their space.

Holly Wheaton is a member of Professional Organizers in Canada.

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Congratulations to Clek on the launch of the Liing infant car seat. The newest member of the award winning car seat family, Liing is made for infants 4-35lb and up to 32″. You’ll love the innovation of design, safety and fit. Nurtured was in attendance at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas to see the unveiling of the seat. We are delighted to welcome the Liing in 2019 to our online and in store selection.

October 9, 2018

Award-winning child car seat manufacturer Clek introduces another industry first with Liing, the only infant car seat to offer an effortless secure installation for both the vehicle belt and for the vehicle LATCH (UAS in Canada) system, and a post-installation recline adjustment system. Paired with a metal load leg, the secure install delivers best-in-class safety performance.

Liing’s multi-position recline can be conveniently adjusted after the base is installed, ensuring the proper recline level for newborns is achieved in every vehicle regardless of the slope of the vehicle seat. The multi-position recline can be adjusted to a more upright position as the child grows.

“Parents have come to expect the absolute best in safety features from Clek,” says Chris Lumley, President and Founder of the family-run company. “With the addition of Liing, our family of products comes full circle. This is where the ride starts. Parents can now enjoy peace of mind knowing they’re providing the best protection for their child from the day they leave the hospital with their newborn.”

Convenience is paramount in all Clek products. While many infant car seats require a two-button release from the stroller, Liing has a single handle release system.

Liing is available in a selection of luxurious eco fabrics that are free of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, including a lightweight and stretchy Soft Jersey Knit and GREENGUARD Select Certified Tailored Crypton C-Zero. The 100% Merino Wool option is naturally temperature regulating and free of any known flame-retardants.

“Parents often ask how we came up with the name,” says Lumley. “We thought there’s no suffix more loveable than -ling, which brings to mind tiny ducklings, downy goslings and adorable darlings. Clek Liing is the newest addition to our family for the newest addition to yours.”

Liing is available in a range of fabrics and colours starting at $499.99 CAD.

Pre-orders are available for the Liing seat as of October 23, 2018. Seats will begin arriving to Nurtured in Halifax, Nova Scotia early 2019.

About Clek

Clek is a proud Canadian brand of award-winning child passenger safety seats that combine safety with ease-of-use and modern style. Born out of the world’s largest, most diversified automotive supplier, Clek offers the superior design, engineering best practices, world-class manufacturing, and craftsmanship found in luxury automotive seating today. Clek produces a series of innovative child passenger safety seat products and accessories. www.clekinc.ca 

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It’s nearing back to school season and that blessed time for packing lunches is calling. Do you have the lunch gear you need? Be Nurtured by exploring how to meet your growing child’s needs with these 5 back to school litterless lunch must haves.

If you’re researching what lunch gear will create a system of organization, yummy presentation and tasteful preservation look no further. Our shop selection is well thought out. Items are chosen for their durability, kid friendly open and close lids and materials you can trust. You simply provide the delicious.

  1. Bento System Lunchbox – Several well known (and warranty covered!) lunchbox sets have us all heart eyed, Yumbox and Bentgo namely. Choosing just the right number of compartments and selecting a fun colour is a breeze.  If it seems daunting, we have lots of experience helping parents navigate the start of school. So if you can make it in know we’ll tell you how clever you are for even bringing in your child’s current lunch bag or backpack if you’re concerned for fit.   Shop BENTGO HERE Shop YUMBOX HERE.
  1. Insulated Lunch Bag – Already a mainstay of our Nurtured Mealtime selection, the So Young lunch bag features a double lining interior for easy clean up and it’s machine washable. Attachable messenger bag strap plus new options like a YUMBOX collaboration (read: taller) or monochrome Wee Gallery designs make this linen insulated lunch bag well thought out and beautifully cute. 
  1. Reusable Ice Pack – A Stainless steel ice pack to be precise! Filled with just distilled water this sleek rectangle is always ready to keep lunch cool and hardly takes up any room. This Canadian mom design is brilliant, will never leak nor leave you wondering what goop exactly is able to be frozen over and over again and again. 
  1. Condiment Container – Small enough to fit into a bento box, this little twist top condiment container is easy to open and close – just a twist rather than a pull –  plus the lid is lined with silicone so there’s no surprises. Fill it with hummus, ketchup, yogurt dip, butter spread, the list goes on! We’ve heard so many yummy uses.
  1. Snack Bags – Reusable, washable, and zippered close Canadian made Colibri snack bags have the coolest designs plus come in handy for car snacks, after school snacks and the just-in-case-you-eat-everything-in-your-bento-box back up. Try the large size for a sandwich or a bunch of grapes still on the stem. Use small ones for tiny crackers, mini muffins, carrots or whatever keeps your little snacker reaching for more. 

Local sources for more inspiration:

If you haven’t been following the Bite Sized Kitchen blog yet from Claire Gallant it’s a must.  This local mom and chef has two growing kids and teaches children how to cook. Be sure to catch her upcoming back to school snack cooking class at the Seaport Market as well as one more giveaway collaboration this month.  

Also, it’s an excellent time of year to get to know Wendy McCallum of Simple Balance. Join one of her Facebook groups HERE and follow along with her Nutrition Consulting

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Source: originally published in Bride Magazine on July 9, 2018 

One of the lesser-discussed topics regarding labour and delivery is the option to participate in cord blood banking. Yet, deciding whether or not to pursue this type of service is a hefty decision that also comes with a price tag.

But, is it worth it?

While only you can truly decide what’s best for your growing family, we did a bit of research, and spoke with Dr. Iffath Hoskins, clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Health for more information.

What Is Cord Blood Banking?

Hoskins explains that cord blood banking is, well, what you might expect from the name. It’s a collection of the cord blood after the birth of the baby and after blood samples drawn for medically indicated tests. For those who are receiving this service, blood is drawn from the umbilical cord, because cord blood contains stem cells (nearly 10 times more than those collected from bone marrow) which are the precursors to all the cells of the body. Therefore, these collected cells can be stored and then used as needed, for treating medical problems, creating body organs, etc.

The Benefits

According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA) banking this blood is a type of insurance. Essentially, you pursue storing it in the hopes you’ll never need to use it, but if you do, Hoskins says, “Using a cord blood bank can provide peace of mind in knowing that you have a valuable resource if you need it.” How? These stem cells can work to treat certain diseases or conditions of a parent or sibling. Cord blood stem cells have similar ability to treat disease as bone marrow but with significantly less rejection.

According to the March of Dimes, stem cell transplants that originate from cord blood may be able to help treat diseases such as blood cancers, bone marrow diseases, some anemias, some immune system problems, and some metabolism problems.

Other health conditions that may benefit are currently being researched.

Private vs. Public

Parents who pursue cord blood banking are faced with many options, including which service to use, and whether they want to use a private or public cord blood bank. Hoskins explains the advantage of using a public bank is that, should you need it, you’ll have a larger pool to choose from, while the advantage of banking it privately is that the sample is very specific and tailored to the specific individual from whom and for whom it was collected.

The Cost

Though the process of collecting and storing the blood itself is safe, risk-free and pain free, there is a cost. But for many, it’s impossible to put a price on this type of security, should you ever need it.

Generally speaking, the APA explains there are two fees – the upfront fee that covers, “enrollment, collection, and storage for at least the first year,” and subsequently the annual storage fee which is typically much less.

In Canada, prices can range from initial fees of $1050 to $2,100 depending on the service provider you chose, while annual storage fees are typically about $125 (per year). For actual costs, consult the private blood bank (such as Insception Lifebank).

Is it Worth It?

According to Hoskins, “If parents want additional peace of mind and reassurances that a person’s specific cord blood will be available for his/her specific future needs, then this is an option.” However, it’s an entirely personal decision, and opting to not bank the cord blood is an irreversible decision.

With ongoing research happening at a rapid pace, it can be a difficult decision for families to make, especially for those who might not be able to afford the initial costs. It’s encouraged that you discuss your options with your OBGYN and/or midwife for more insight and recommendations.

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Nurtured is a partner of Insception Lifebank, Canada’s largest and most experienced cord blood bank with over 78,000 units stored.  We want to ensure expectant parents in the Maritimes can make an informed decision regarding banking their newborn’s cord blood and tissue stem cells. 

Receive a FREE information package from Insception Lifebank by clicking here.

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Happy Summer!  Here’s hoping you’re headed camping with your family in Nova Scotia if you’re reading our blog.  We enjoy hearing customers list their favourite Nurtured items to take along camping with their families.

While you’re scouring the web for that perfect Family Camping Checklist scroll below to see what we added to Cozi family organizer’s list or read here for our top 5 camping with kid must haves.  We’ve compiled a thoughtful and friendly Nurtured walkthrough with your littlest ones in mind! Bet you’ll picture yourself camping very quickly! Enjoy!

Here’s a few favourite items to check out:

1PM: Arrive to the campsite and buy firewood. (FYI, read here for reasons not to transport firewood.)

Have fun setting up your tent! I like to have special jobs  I’ve talked to my kids about on the way down to the campsite (like who holds the stakes until they’re needed) or if your child is younger, a special bag of toys/snacks to keep them occupied. 

Check what time the sun goes down.  Estimate 8:30pm and if you have a drive up campsite, have layers or Wee Woollies pjs on the front seat of the car ready and waiting. 

Organization is key: the car door gets the bug spray, flashlight and the sunscreen plus the toothbrushes and toothpaste. When there’s a plan there is always less chaos and questions for mom on the first night.

Fire safety. Place your water filled bucket at the fire pit before you start the fire.

Through the years we’ve learned to draw a line our kids know is an “approved person only area” around the fire. Kudos to the 12-year-old who is now our family’s fire builder. He’s been camping since he was 1 year old in the Canadian Rockies. One of the many reasons I love camping with my family is the awareness of my kids’ ever growing abilities each year. Guess who is packing the gear this year? 

A few words on packing the cooler. A few days ahead I like to freeze things like applesauce, yogurt and juice. Try a few of our reusable snack containers in shop. Having your first night’s supper already diced and ready to toss onto an open fire before you leave your home is a must. Some years past this has been good ol’ precooked goulash. Thank you very much to easy heat and serve meals or even something that can be enjoyed cold. No judgement… If someone can remind me to pack the butter, salt and pepper for the corn on the cob I will forever be grateful. Yum.   

Don’t skip the Sunscreen.  Water resistant for 80 minutes, Thinkbaby or ThinkSport sunscreen is non nano particle, 20% zinc, family friendly formula that applies in a non-greasy or ghost white application. Their stick of sunscreen is one of the easiest things I can now pass along to my kids and they’ll apply it to their ears, forehead and noses on their own. Hooray for diligence in use through the years. 

Be prepared, the Maritimes can be chilly. Nighttime can be damp and cool especially if you’re near the water. You’ll be so glad Wee Woollies are on your child. These are perfect camping jammies as they’re always the right temperature for the body and great clothing for early morning play. Also, let your kids get dirty, remembering, wool performs best when it’s washed less, so , just hang it in between use in a nice airy place and pop it back on your kids. Also don’t be surprised if your kids have zero interest in taking it off even on the hottest afternoons. My kids stay playing in their merino wool right past breakfast.

Keep everyone hydrated. Have your stainless steel water bottles filled, and plates and cups ready- I find items that are easy to clean, lightweight to pack, and stack up compact are longtime camping favourites. Ask about our stainless steel plates in store that have become a favourite amongst our customers (who buy us out about this time every year) reporting their durability and multi-use function (plus inexpensive price point) an easy win for their family. 

First Aid and Bug Spray– With the number of ticks soaring in Eastern Canada, we were happy to partner up in carrying Mahone Bay’s own Atlantick Body Spray. This locally made and Acadia University studied body spray is quickly proving to bring relief in something that is refreshing and nice to reapply. 

Many of our customers have created kits to place along with their first aid kit. You can do this simply by having Atlantick’s Tick Picks (NEVER TWIST. Using a crowbar method with a tick pick is recommended and more specific to the job of removal than tweezers), a picture for how to identify a tick, plus container(s) and a bag of cotton balls in which you can moisten to keep the tick moist if bitten so you can submit it for testing.) 

Every wary of the long lasting effects of Lyme, it’s essential to learn that part of keeping ticks away is simply in masking your scent and the carbon dioxide you emit. You can rest easy in Atlantick’s natural ingredient based formula and reapply every 2-3 hours. If you’re on a hike or working up a sweat, reapply more frequently. Not recommended for pregnant women or children under 6 months. 

Nurtured tip: A lint roller is also said be an effective tool for keeping near your tent entry. A quick roll over can remove even the tiniest baby ticks but nothing beats tucking pant legs into socks, wearing long sleeves and checking waistbands, and warm areas of the body before retiring for the night.

And finally, here’s Cozi’s handy Family Camping checklist. Have fun!

  • CAMPSITE GEAR
  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
  • Extra tarp or canopy
  • Sleeping bag for each camper
  • Sleeping pad for each camper
  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Chairs
  • Headlamps or flashlights (extra batteries)
  • Lantern
  • Lantern fuel or batteries
  • KITCHEN
  • Stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Firewood (plan to purchase this from your campsite)
  • Frying pan
  • Pot
  • French press or portable coffee maker
  • Corkscrew
  • Tablecloth
  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
  • Food-storage reusable containers, bags
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
  • Cups, mugs
  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Foil
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
  • Extra bin for washing dishes
  • CLOTHES
  • Clothes for daytime
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Rainwear
  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
  • Extra layers for warmth
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • PERSONAL ITEMS
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletries
  • Soap
  • POTTY For Potty Learning!
  • OTHER ITEMS
  • Camera
  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
  • Maps, area information
  • Bikes, toys
  • Pet supplies and food

The post A Maritime Family Friendly Camping List appeared first on A Nurtured Life.

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