Family Cord Blood Services Provides Free Infant CPR Training

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Cord Blood Bank Provides Free Infant CPR Training and Certification to Expectant Parents

Expectant Mom and Daughter

The purpose of Infant CPR training is to learn how to protect your baby, which is also what cord blood banking is all about. The expectant parents in our class were thrilled to learn the life saving techniques of CPR and see how cord blood is processed and stored.

On Saturday, March 1, expectant parents in Los Angeles had the opportunity to attended a free infant CPR training and certification course hosted by California Cryobank's Family Cord Blood Services division. This 30-year-old company, which offers both reproductive tissue storage and umbilical cord blood banking, began offering the class to local expectant parents in 2006. Due to its popularity and potential lifesaving benefits to expectant families, this free community service is offered quarterly at its Los Angeles headquarters.

The training began with an overview of cord blood banking presented by the company's co-founder, Charles Sims M.D., a board certified pathologist, chairman of the Association of Family Cord Blood Banks (AFCBB) and an appointed member of a federal government stem cell advisory council. Dr. Sims presented the medical benefits of cord blood stem cells and the varying options for expectant parents such as public donation and private cord blood banking. The presentation was followed by a tour of the state-of-the-art cord blood facility and the CPR certification class.

Family Cord Blood Services helps parents to protect their children by banking the stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood at birth. These cells are cryogenically frozen and stored for future medical treatments, if ever needed. According to recent study published in March 2008 issue of Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, the lifetime probability of stem cell transplant is 1 in 217, which is much higher than previously estimated.

As Joanie Mason, a cord blood educator from the company noted, "The purpose of Infant CPR training is to learn how to protect your baby, which is also what cord blood banking is all about. The expectant parents in our class were thrilled to learn the life saving techniques of CPR and see how cord blood is processed and stored." Karen Brems, another cord blood educator, added, "Like CPR training, you hope you never have to use your baby's cord blood. But families find peace of mind through cord blood banking, knowing they're as prepared as possible to protect their baby and family."

The next scheduled infant CPR training course is scheduled for June 7, 2008 at the company's West Los Angeles facility. Interested expectant parents can make reservations for the course by calling 888-828-CORD or emailing rsvp2@familycordbloodservices.com.

Family Cord Blood Services
Founded in 1997, Family Cord Blood Services (FCBS), a subsidiary of California Cryobank, Inc., is an umbilical cord blood processing and storage company. FCBS is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks and offers stem cell processing and storage for families throughout the United States and worldwide. The Web site is http://www.familycordbloodservices.com.

Family Cord Blood Services
Founded in 1997, Family Cord Blood Services (FCBS), a subsidiary of California Cryobank, Inc., is an umbilical cord blood processing and storage company. FCBS is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks and offers stem cell processing and storage for families throughout the United States and worldwide. The web site is http://www.familycordbloodservices.com.

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