Grand River Hospital increases cord blood educational resources for new moms

A new partnership announced between Grand River Hospital (GRH) and Insception Lifebank cord blood bank will provide additional educational resources to pregnant moms in Waterloo Region.

GRH will feature Insception Lifebank’s educational information on the hospital’s website as well as in patient care areas within the childbirth unit of the KW Campus.

“The partnership aims to ensure expectant moms have all of the information they need to make an informed decision regarding storing their baby’s cord blood stem cells,” said Dr. Stephen Halmo, chief of reproductive medicine at GRH. ”Insception Lifebank was chosen as the preferred partner to provide cord blood educational resources.

“There is no obligation for families to store their cord blood with Insception Lifebank, or at all – however parents will now be able to make a more informed decision about storing their child’s cord blood,” he added.

Umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells that can only be collected at birth for potential future use. These stem cells can be used now for medical treatments, and there is an expanding range of new therapies being researched that anticipate greater use in the future.

Brent Dennison, CEO of Insception Lifebank said, “We are thrilled to partner with a world class facility like Grand River Hospital in addition to our existing partnerships with Mount Sinai Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital and the Scarborough Hospital.”

Grand River Hospital is the largest community hospital-based obstetrical program in Waterloo Region, delivering approximately 4,200 babies each year.

Insception Lifebank is a member of an international group of cord blood companies that comprises of Cells for Life in Canada, who recently joined the group and Cell Care in Australia. The combined International Group now creates one of the world’s top five companies in the sector with over 150,000 samples stored.

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Grand River Hospital increases cord blood educational resources for new moms