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Image All new babies demand flexibility of their parents, but one newborn in Ottawa inspired his mother Eno Ituen to put a twist on an important cultural tradition. In Eno’s home country of Nigeria, generations of parents have buried the placentas of their newborns next to the seeds of trees and even tended those trees in the hope their children would thrive along with the plants. “My placenta and that of my husband were buried when we were born,” Eno says. But giving birth to her son in Canada in March 2019 made Eno’s decision more complex. At first, her mother-in-law proposed taking the

Image Like most parents, Jessica vowed she would do everything and anything she could to keep her new baby happy and healthy, once she entered the world. One critical thing she knew she could do was donate her baby’s cord blood. Because Jessica is Caucasian and her 9-month-old daughter Abigail is of mixed ethnicity, it is unlikely that Jessica would be a match for her baby if she ever got sick and required a stem cell transplant. That’s because patients needing a stem cell transplant are much more likely to find a match from someone within their own ethnic group. So it is unlikely that Jessica

Delivery of cord blood stem cells an important milestone (OTTAWA) – Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank has delivered a cord blood unit for the transplant of stem cells to the first Canadian patient. Image “We’re so excited to be giving a Canadian patient the gift of life,” says Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen, Canadian Blood Services’ director, cord blood bank and stem cell manufacturing. “We expect this will be the first of many lifesaving transplants from our bank for Canadians yet to come.” Rich in stem cells, cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord and placenta of volunteer donors

Canadians can help childhood cancer patients by donating blood, stem cells or cord blood Canadian Blood Services is asking eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood this September in honour of childhood cancer awareness month. “We hope Canadians will consider taking an hour out of their schedule this month to help save the life of a child fighting cancer,” says Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations. “With many families returning from summer vacation, we want to encourage them to include blood donation as part of their new regular routine. There are over 55,000 open

Media are invited to join us on June 25 for a first-hand look at Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank. When: June 25, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Where: 40 Concourse Gate, Ottawa, Ontario Who: Heidi Elmoazzen, Director, Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank National resource now available for Canadians in need of stem cells (OTTAWA) – Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank, a national, public health-care resource has been officially launched. Expectant mothers who give birth at participating hospitals can now help build an ethnically diverse stem cell bank in Canada by donating

Canada’s public cord blood bank being built one tweet at a time June 16, 2014 (CANADA) – Canadian Blood Services’ fundraising campaign For All Canadians has gone viral. The organization has committed to raise $12.5 million to help build a national public cord blood bank. Currently, only $3 million in public donations is still needed to ensure cord blood is more accessible to Canadian patients. That’s why Canadian Blood Services is using social media to make supporting this historic health-care initiative more accessible to you. On June 18, Canadian Blood Services will host #CordAThon on its

Canadian Blood Services’ cord blood program and The Ottawa Hospital will provide increased hope for stem cell patients November 5, 2012 (OTTAWA) – Canada’s first national public umbilical cord blood bank is one step closer to realization thanks to a new partnership between Canadian Blood Services and The Ottawa Hospital. The Ottawa Hospital will be the first collection site for the national cord blood bank, playing a central role in the success of the program. This partnership will assist Canadian Blood Services with the recruitment of potential mothers and the collection of their baby’s

Canadian Blood Services’ and The Ottawa Hospital celebrate first step towards building Canada’s first national public cord blood bank September 30, 2013 (OTTAWA) – Starting today, mothers delivering at The Ottawa Hospital’s General and Civic Campuses, will have an opportunity to donate their babies’ umbilical cord blood as part of Canadian Blood Services’ initial step in building Canada’s first national public cord blood bank. With $6.3M in charitable donations so far, once completed, the National Public Cord Blood Bank, together with the help of Canadians through Canadian Blood Services’ $12