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Seeking participants for Moms Up user research

We are inviting Moms Up users in Singapore to take part in a user research study being conducted by Singapore Polytechnic students. We’d like to hear from Moms Up users who use the app to help them with their pregnancy journey so that we can improve Moms Up.

The research interview will take place either in person at Singapore Polytechnic – Media, Arts and Design School or virtually via Zoom. You can choose to participate in one or more sessions. We value your feedback and will compensate you with shopping vouchers in exchange for your time and participation.

Please see the table below for more information on the interview. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please email to us at mktg@cordlife.com as soon as possible with your name, mobile number, available dates, and preferred mode of interview. You can also call us at 6238 0808 for more information. Limited spots available.

Date 7 March 2022 14 March 2022 16 March 2022
Day Monday Monday Wednesday
Time 11am – 1pm 2 – 5pm  2 – 5pm
Duration 2 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Purpose Understanding users and their needs Prototype Testing Improved Prototype Testing
In-person interview $80 $100 $100
Virtual interview $30 $50 $50

 

Importance of Eye Screening

Importance of health screening

Many people have the misconception that they should only visit the doctor when they are feeling unwell. In fact, regular health screening is one aspect of healthcare that should not be avoided. Health screening is important and it usually involves using tests, examinations or other procedures to detect specific health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, signs of cancers and more. With early detection and treatment, it lowers the risk of serious complications and allows one to embark on a healthier lifestyle. Doctors can also advise patients on how they can prevent possible health problems through intervention.

What is eye screening?

Like health screening, eye screening allows early detection of potential eye abnormalities. As many eye conditions go unnoticed during early stages, it may be too late for treatment if the condition is not detected early. The earlier an eye problem is detected, the appropriate treatment could be recommended in time and administered to prevent permanent visual impairment.

Health screening vs Eye screening

Both types of screening are equally as important as they allow you to detect unnoticed conditions which you can then seek early treatment to prevent serious complications in the future.

References:

1. Regular Eye Examination. SingHealth. https://www.singhealth.com.sg/patient-care/patient-education/regular-eye-examination Accessed on 3 June 2021

Once in a lifetime opportunity to safeguard your family for a lifetime of protection

Many parents would have probably heard of cord blood banking – the storage of your baby’s cord blood for medical use. The decision to store their baby’s umbilical cord stem cells has been on the to-do list for many parents-to-be as there is only one chance to collect your baby’s cord blood: at birth.

Not too sure what cord blood banking actually is? Here’s a quick guide on what your baby’s cord blood stem cells is all about and how it can benefit your baby and family!

What is in the umbilical cord?

The collection process

The process of collecting your baby’s cord blood is safe and pain-free for both mother and baby. After the delivery of your baby, your OBGYN doctor will administer the cord blood collection. It will not interfere with the birthing process – whether it is a c-section or vaginal delivery. What’s more – this process only takes 5 minutes!

The lifesaving stem cells found in the umbilical cord

Cord Blood Cord Lining
The umbilical cord blood is a rich and important source of Haematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) that can be used to treat over 80 types of diseases¹ such as leukaemia, lymphoma, thalassemia as well as metabolic and immune disorders, just to name a few.

Clinical trials are also underway to use cord blood for the treatment of autism, cerebral palsy, Type 1 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury and many more².

The umbilical cord lining contains a high concentration of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) and Cord Lining Epithelial Stem Cells (CLEpSCs) that can only be harvested and expanded using a patented CellOptima™ technology.

These stem cells have shown immense potential in aiding the repair of injured tissues and organs, as well as for the treatment of various conditions such as stroke, diabetic wound healing and even to regulate the immune response in COVID-19 patients³.

Who can benefit from a stem cell transplant?

For oneself
Autologous: A 100% match for your baby

For sibling or matched recipient
Allogeneic: Higher chances of finding a suitable match within the family4

Find out more about the benefits of storing your baby’s cord blood by speaking to our friendly consultants today!

 

References:
1 For the full list of treatable diseases and references, please refer to https://www.cordlife.com/sg/treatable-diseases. 
2 Diseases and Disorders that have been in Clinical Trials with Cord Blood or Cord Tissue Cells page. Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation website. https://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/diseases#trial. Accessed July 14 2021.
3 For the full list of conditions and references, please refer to https://www.cordlifetech.com/potential-applications. 
4 Beatty PG, Boucher KM, Mori M, et al. Probability of finding HLA-mismatched Related or Unrelated Bone Marrow or Cord Blood Donors. Human Immunology. 2000; 61:834-840. 

The Lifesaving Benefits of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

Did you know that your baby’s umbilical cord contains three types of lifesaving stem cells?

Cord Blood

Cord blood is a rich source of Haematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) which are responsible for replenishing blood and regenerating the immune system. HSCs are known as ‘precursor cells’ as they have the unique ability to differentiate into the different types of cells found in the body, namely:

  • Red Blood Cells – transports oxygen
  • White Blood Cells – produces antibodies and fight infections
  • Platelets – assists in blood clotting

 

Cord Lining

Cord Lining refers to the outermost layer of the umbilical cord. It contains a high concentration of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) and Cord Lining Epithelial Stem Cells (CLEpSCs) which can only be harvested and expanded using a patented CellOptimaTM technology.

These regenerative stem cells are the “infrastructure-forming” building blocks in the human body and have shown immense potential in aiding the repair of injured tissues and organs, as well as for the treatment of various diseases.

The Benefits of Cord Blood & Cord Lining

  • Treatment of over 80 major illnesses
    Cord blood can be used to treat over 80 diseases1 such as leukaemia, lymphoma and thalassemia, just to name a few. Not only that, cord blood has been used for regenerative medicine applications such as Autism, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s disease and many more2. Clinical trials are one of the key driving forces in medical breakthroughs and it represents hope for families with conditions that have no known cure.

 

  • Guaranteed match for autologous transplants (where the donor and recipient are the same individual)
    As cord blood stem cells are more primitive and naïve in nature, they do not require stringent matching and have a greater ability to convert themselves into other types of cells that the body requires. Therefore, your baby’s cord blood stem cells are a 100% match for him/her. In addition, stored cord blood from siblings also offers protection for the family as there’s up to a 75% chance of genetic match for siblings

 

  • Readily Available Supply of Stored HSCs
    Should a stem cell transplant be required, having your baby’s cord blood stored with a family cord blood bank will benefit the family as it guarantees a readily available supply of lifesaving stem cells for your exclusive use, as compared to having to do a national or international search which is both costly and time-consuming

 

  • Lower Risk of Graft vs. Host Disease (GvHD)
    Using stem cells from cord blood also minimises the risk of Graft vs Host Disease (GvHD) for autologous transplants (where the donor and recipient are the same individual) as compared to unrelated donor transplants. GvHD is a condition where the transplanted tissue cells (the graft) sees the patient’s own tissue (the host) as foreign and attacks them

 

  • Less Stringent Match for the Family
    The immune-modulating characteristics of cord lining stem cells allows for less stringent matching between donor and patient. Thus, making them situable for both your baby and other members of the family. Cord lining stem cells can be used to support multiple medical treatments whenever needed as the original source of stem cells will be stored

 

Collection of your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells

The collection of your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells will be administered by your OBGYN doctor. This process does not affect your birthing process in any way!

Would like to learn more about the lifesaving benefits of storing your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells? Download our free comprehensive information pack today or simply get in-touch with our friendly consultants who can answer any of your burning questions!

References:
1 For the full list of treatable diseases and references, please refer to https://www.cordlife.com/sg/treatable-diseases.
2 Diseases and Disorders that have been in Clinical Trials with Cord Blood or Cord Tissue Cells page. Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation website. https://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/diseases. Accessed July 28, 2021.

How to Choose your Family Cord Blood Bank for the Storage of your Baby’s Precious Lifesaving Resources?

It might get a little daunting when it comes to choosing a family cord blood bank. But fret not, here are some tips to guide you along!

  • Long-Standing Establishment
    Look out for a family cord blood bank that has been around the longest as it showcases their experience and reliability in ensuring that your baby’s cord blood stem cells are stored properly.
    Funfact: Established in Singapore since 2001, Cordlife has over 20 years of experience!

 

  • Adherence to International Accreditations
    Ensure that your chosen family cord blood bank adheres to stringent protocols that are regularly audited by international bodies when it comes to the processing and storage of your baby’s cord blood stem cells. This provides you with the assurance that the cord blood stem cells remain viable should the need for transplantation ever arise.
    Funfact: Cordlife has accreditations from both American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) & Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)!

 

  • Transplant Track Record
    Apart from accreditations, look for any published records of the family cord blood bank’s success rate in releasing cord blood units for transplants. This is evidence that the cord blood stem cells stored with the family cord blood bank remains viable should the need for transplantation ever arise.
    FunFact: To date, Cordlife has released 64 cord blood units for transplant cases!

 

  • Additional Service Offerings
    Apart from storing cord blood stem cells, check if the family cord blood bank offers additional services as it would give you and your family access to more medical options.
    FunFact: Cordlife is the only cord blood bank that offers umbilical cord lining storage. We are a licenced partner of CellOptimaTM – a patented technology which harvests and expands two types of stem cells from your baby’s umbilical cord: Mesenchymal Stem Cells & Cord Lining Epithelial Stem Cells!

 

  • Fully-owned Processing and Storage Facility
    As stringent protocols go into ensuring the viability of your baby’s cord blood stem cells, it’s important to check if the family cord blood bank has direct ownership over its processing and storage facilities to oversee the careful preservation of your baby’s cord blood and lining units.
    FunFact: Cordlife has a fully-owned laboratory in Singapore and maintains direct control over all critical services, quality and licencing!

 

  • Financial Stability
    As stem cell transplant or therapies may occur at any point in life, it’s important that your chosen family cord blood bank has a sound, transparent and sustainable financial status as it gives the assurance that they will be with you for the long haul.
    FunFact: Cordlife is a public-listed company on the Singapore Stock Exchange since 2012!

 

Baby Bonus Scheme

Apart from the factors to consider when choosing the right partner to store your baby’s precious umbilical cord stem cells with, did you know that you can use your baby’s Child Development Account (CDA) to offset the cost of storing your baby’s cord blood?

CDA is part of the Baby Bonus Scheme which is designed to help parents defray the financial cost of raising a newborn-child during their early years. The Baby Bonus Scheme comprises of a cash gift, CDA First Step and co-savings scheme for your child’s CDA.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the costs involved when you take advantage of the Baby Bonus Scheme:

Interested to find out more? Click here if you’d like to learn more about our packages or simply get in-touch with us!

Myths about Cord Blood Banking – Debunked!

Cord blood banking is the process of collecting your baby’s cord blood and storing it in cryogenic tanks until a release is requested by the family.

As you progress along your pregnancy journey, you might have heard about cord blood banking and what it is. In this infographic, we hope to dispel some common myths and misconceptions surrounding cord blood banking!

4 Ways To Speed Up Dilation

Dilation refers to the widening of cervical opening during delivery. There are many medical ways of inducing dilation but an expectant woman can always ensure natural dilation by keeping loose and relaxed- Doing so hastens the delivery process.

Weaning Your Baby Off A Pacifier

Pacifiers are known to be widely used by babies. They have been used for many years and are also approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is because the advantages of a pacifier outnumber its disadvantages which makes it very popular amongst parents to continue letting their little ones use them.

These include:

  1. Soothing a little one as sucking on a pacifier can help to calm them down
  2. Helping them to sleep
  3. Known to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  4. Distracting the child and to stop them from crying excessively

However, it has also been proven that pacifiers used beyond 12 months may negatively impact the toddler in certain ways.

But how do you successfully help your toddler to wean off the pacifier? It can be a challenging and tedious task as babies are known to get attached to their pacifiers.

However, certain techniques have shown to be fruitful in helping babies wean off their pacifiers. Firstly, it is very crucial that it is a concerted effort where all caregivers of your child follow the same method of weaning your child off his pacifier.

One such example is limiting the use of them to a certain time of the day such as bedtime or nap-time where your baby could use some extra help for soothing and relaxing.

Should your child protest when there’s no pacifier in sight, you can try to calm him down by swaddling, rocking and massaging him. Another great way to include your toddler in this task. This means to counsel your child on how a pacifier is used for small babies and not for big ones, or how they should give it to someone younger than them.

Engage them by beautifully packing the pacifier for it to be gifted to a younger baby who needs it. Toddlers are very receptive to small meaningful talks which can serve to be beneficial for them, as opposed to going cold turkey.

Another effective way is to cover the pacifier with a taste that is disliked by your toddler. This will make it unappealing and gradually they will start to lose interest in it.

It might take you some time to finally help your child to wean off his pacifier but with perseverance, and consistency, pacifier weaning can be done successfully.

Safety Tips For Bathing A Newborn

Bath time is the best time for connecting with your little one, but don’t allow the serenity of the moment to take away your mother caution. You will need to take safety tips in your hand to ensure that your little one remains comfortable and healthy after bathing.

Before bathing your baby, you should pack all the required supplies in time. Towels, washcloths, diapers body wash and clothes are some of the essentials you will need for bathing. Gather these essentials and ensure they are at reach all times.  Here are some of the safety tips to take during bathing:

1. Never leave your baby alone
Accidents in the bathtub are common and so the first rule in bathing your baby is being present all the times. Whether you are starting to or finish bathing, always ensure to monitor your baby. Water can be dangerous for newborns and a few centimetres could predispose them to health issues.

You should also instruct your helper to never leave your little one in the tub alone regardless of whether you have water in the bathtub or not. Injuries that happen in the washroom are common so it is important to always monitor your baby.

Keep your baby warm
Always bath your baby using warm water as it prevents your baby from chilling. It is important not to use hot water as it can easily burn your baby’s skin. Use your elbow to check the water temperature; alternatively, you can use a bath thermometer to measure the temperature. The temperature should be slightly above 37⁰C.

2. Hold your baby firmly
Hold your baby firmly when bathing him as soapy bodies are slippery. Holding him firmly prevents accidental sliding and falling in the bathroom can be very dangerous for a newborn.

3. Use an ordinary soap
A baby’s skin is very sensitive and using soaps with perfumes or dyes could irritate him. A washcloth and a mild baby wash will come in handy when bathing. Create a good lather into your washcloth before starting and gently cradle your baby’s head as you use the other to wash him.

Bathing your baby can be a little difficult at first however as you follow the bathing safety tips, you will do great!

Why Gripe Water?

If your baby is colic, gripe water is the solution! However, do make sure that it has the right ingredients for your little one before buying it. If you are not too sure about the ingredients, you can refer to this article to purchase the right kind of Gripe Water.

Gripe water is a liquid version of a herbal remedy that is most known for its’ use for babies who are colic i.e. unable to pass gas successfully. There are many different versions of Gripe water made all over the world but the most common and most beneficial combination of herbs for gripe water is:

  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Chamomile
  • Liquorice
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon Balm

Other than being used for babies who are colic, Gripe water can also be used when the child is teething and is in need of relief or when the child is experiencing hiccups.

Why is Gripe Water a Good Soother For Babies? 

Gripe water is one of the safest herbal liquids to be used when your baby is in pain. Parents are best known to have a seventh sense for when their baby is in pain. This means that parents know that after doing everything they can to soothe their baby after days of crying without relief is to choose the option which is least harmful to the child. That is why Gripe Water is the best and safest option!

Gripe water has been used for generations by nuns and nannies for fussy babies to give them relief from pain. Although a parent should definitely make sure that the Gripe water is approved by doctors and has safe ingredients, otherwise it could prove harmful for the child.

Risks of Gripe Water                                                                           

Make sure that you choose the right combination of ingredients in the Gripe water that you are giving to your child, otherwise, your baby could end up experiencing the following effects:

  • Hives
  • Watery eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Itchiness
  • Change in the regular breathing pattern
  • Swelling of lips
  • Swelling of tongue

Babies are one of the most precious beings in this world and when they are in pain, so is the world. Gripe Water helps soothe that pain. All you need to do is make sure that your child is not allergic to any of the ingredients and of course that the herbal liquid is made of herbs that are not detrimental to the child’s health in any way or form.

Your Baby at 6 Months

Congratulations! You’re halfway through your baby’s first year. No doubt, watching your baby grow to a happy 6-month-old is fulfilling. At six months, expect a lot of new developments, like babbling, solid feeding, and sitting up. This guide shows what to expect from your 6-month-old baby.

Growth

At six months, your baby’s growth will still be slow.  On average, your baby will gain more than twice its birth weight. This age also signifies many notable developmental milestones for your baby.

Body

Your baby will start:

  • Passing things from one hand to another
  • Sitting without help
  • Rolling from front back to front, and front to back
  • Bouncing while standing
  • Scooting backward
  • Crawling
  • Seeing well across a room, as his or her vision mirrors that of an adult
  • Swiping at things with open fingers, which might advance to a pincher grip

Brain

Your baby will start:

Starting on Solid Food

Babies at 6 months old are considered ready for solid food! Fret not, don’t be too quick to introduce solids to your baby just yet! It’s important to follow your baby’s cues to know if he or she is ready for food. Pediatricians suggest looking for these signs in your baby:

  • Opening his or her mouth when food is near
  • Taking food with a spoon, and bringing it into his or her mouth
  • Showing interest in food
  • Weighs about 16.6 lb (around 7.6kg)

Health and Safety

At six months, take your baby to receive the listed vaccines:

  • Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib)
  • Whooping cough, Diptheria, and tetanus
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • Polio (PCV)
  • Rotavirus (RV)

The side effects of these immunisations aren’t severe and may include redness at the injection area, sleepiness, fussiness and a mild fever. If your six-month-old baby has a severe reaction to any vaccine, consult your doctor immediately

Teething

Your baby may start teething at six months (that’s if he or she hasn’t already). Your pediatrician will ask you to monitor your baby’s teething symptoms and give medication for the pain (if necessary). The doctor will tell you to begin oral hygiene even though no teeth can be seen yet as brushing is still essential.

Enjoy your time with your baby as they often love to play at this age!