Sunday, August 26, 2007

Award Winning Obstetrician Praises Cord Blood Banking

Award Winning Obstetrician Praises Cord Blood Banking

Dr. B. Kaye Kashanchi of The Beverly Hills Women's Center has joined the growing list of supporters of Cord Blood banking as a life saving procedure.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) April 5, 2006

The Beverly Hills Women’s Center has joined the growing list of supporters of Cord Blood banking as a life saving procedure.

Blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord after it has been cut is called “cord blood” and it is rich in newborn stem cells. These stem cells are one of the most promising sources of biological material for the treatment of a number of serious illnesses including heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Because they are the body’s “master” cells and regenerate into the cells that form all other tissues, organs and systems in the body, stem cells have a natural, regenerative power to heal and are currently being used to treat, or cure, over 75 life-threatening illnesses, including leukemia, blood disorders, and cancers.

Dr. B. Kaye Kashanchi, Board Certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and Clinical Professor at the Department of OB/GYN at the University of Southern California School of Medicine (USC), who was named one of the top Obstetricians and Gynecologists by Consumer’s Research Council of America, has delivered over 5,000 healthy babies. During those deliveries, he makes use of umbilical cord stem cells, in order to help insure the babies future health.

After the baby is born and the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, the cord blood is collected by using either a syringe or blood bag. “The procedure is safe, painless and only takes a few minutes”, explains Dr. Kashanchi. The cord is stored and easily available if it is ever needed. These stem cells will be a perfect match for the child, while there is only a 25% chance that a sibling will be a match.

When stem cells are collected from the mother’s connection to the baby -- the umbilical cord -- the mother has helped her baby after the birth with her own blood.

Several of Dr. Kashanchi’s patients who have elected the procedure are available for either print or video interviews. For more information, please visit: www.

Beverly Hills Women’s Center is offering free pregnancy tests and is located at 450 North Bedford Drive #209, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 and also at 16133 Ventura Boulevard #415, Encino, CA 91436. They can be reached at 310-858-0505 in Beverly Hills and at 818-995-3900 in Encino.

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