Stem Cell Study Offers Hope

parents_cordbloodCord Blood banking has evolved greatly, especially since Nurtured first opened. Now, more than ever we hear questions and conversation arise in cord blood banking being a part of birth planning.

Our Cord Blood Education workshop here in Halifax with Insception Lifebank has shared a wealth of knowledge with expectant parents regarding clinical trials and treatments as well as emerging research. This article shares big news in their field.

Early Clinical Research Reports Positive Results in Autism Trial

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Read about the phase 1 study at Duke University that assessed 25 children with autism spectrum disorder who received treatment with their own cord blood. More >>

What is cord blood and tissue?

  • Cord blood is the blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord and placenta
  • Cord blood is a rich source of stem cells and other important cells
  • Cord tissue is a small segment of the baby’s umbilical cord, which is a rich source of different stem cells not found in cord blood

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Prenatal and Childbirth Education Classes in Halifax


Looking for Childbirth Education Classes in Halifax?

There are still a few spots for expecting couples available for our May Prenatal Classes!

Providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, our Childbirth Preparation Classes for parents-to-be in HRM are created to be welcoming and informative. When instructor, Wanda Cox, prepared for her own first childbirth experience in 1997 she did what she thought she was suppose to do; “I took a hospital-based prenatal class, read some books and, I thought I was ready.”  In these workshops, you and your partner will gain knowledge and build confidence as you plan and prepare for birth and postpartum. You’ll also be led through that information from caring and nurturing childbirth educators and active working doulas. We know nothing beats compassionate, comprehensive, hands-on learning! These classes are such an amazing resource.

Many of us need a personalized experience to retain information (especially with baby brain!), and we’ve heard time and time again how much of a difference these interactive classes make for new parents. The evidence based information, visual aids and the instructor’s regular interaction with recent local births ensures you will feel confident, informed and empowered for your labour and birth experience.

The workshop is comprehensive and includes:

  • Prenatal Exercise and Nutrition
  • The Process of Labour
  • Common hospital procedure and Interventions
  • Birth Planning
  • Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
  • Newborn Care and Breastfeeding

Our upcoming May dates include two Wednesday evenings, May 17th and 24th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Wanda is a Certified Birth and Post Partum Doula, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Lamaze Certified Birth Educator and trained Lactation Educator.

Our Prenatal and Childbirth Education classes collaborate with Wanda Cox as well as Jen Hammond of Pampered Mamas Doula Services. Both instructors are marvellous! Jen is a Childbirth Educator and certified (and incredibly well respected) birth doula in the community who encourages expectant couples to trust in the process of birth. Jen’s next prenatal class is scheduled for Saturday,  July 8th, 10-5pm.

Both instructors classes are scheduled now through December 2017. Don’t delay. Space is limited.

3 Reasons to use cloth diapers.

3 Reasons to Choose Cloth

My 10-year old Star Wars loving son would love it if all I said about choosing reusable cloth diapers (especially for Earth Day) was, “Do or do not. There is no try.” Just dive in and choose to use cloth diapers. There’s no greater convenience than the commitment to having a set of diapers as the first and last purchase you need for changing your child from birth through potty training.

We know these 3 things are why people choose cloth.

  • Using reusable cloth diapers will save you money. You can start with the highest quality diapers for as little as $400.
  • Those 7,000-9,000 diaper changes from birth to potty learning equals 1 ton of solid waste going to a landfill.  Yes, using cloth will lessen the amount of garbage you take out to your curb in HRM every 2 weeks. The Real Diaper Association says, “our common sense tells us that cloth diapers are the ultimate in recycling because they are used again and again, not entering a landfill until they are nothing but rags.”
  • It’s healthier! Knowing “at least half of all babies will exhibit rash at least once during their diapering years.”  using cloth allows you to use the softest, most breathable and absorbent materials, against your baby’s skin without the many chemicals contained in disposable diapers.

When you buy cloth diapering supplies at Nurtured we stock the highest quality, provide unparalleled service to support you, and will do the legwork to help you have the most positive experience.

Want more facts? Here’s what the Real Diaper Association has to share.

When I was expecting baby #2 Earth Day was both my invite and commitment to choosing cloth. I want you to know I never looked back. My previous experience with disposables left me disgusted by the waste, the rash, and the constant search to find the right fit. When I had my second I never bought or used any disposable diapers as using cloth was a great convenience even to a busy lifestyle. I used cloth at home, every time we went out, later sent my child to day care with cloth and even traveled with it. There was no waste, no rash and the fit was amazing. If you can do a load of laundry, it’s a simple as that. Choose cloth.

Here’s what a recent cloth diaper workshop attendee at Nurtured had to say,

“We did actually decide to go with cloth diapers after your workshop!! It really eased my husband’s and my mind about what came with that decision.”

We will get you up and running with high quality covers and inserts for as little as $400 that will AMPDiapers postlast for at least 2-3 years of use.  So whatever you do, come see the diaper wall or attend our cloth diapering workshop at Nurtured. You can touch, feel and even practice changing a cloth diaper on a doll.  It’s true, some of our customers say we do things differently at Nurtured. There’s no crazy wash instructions, no insane Facebook groups and absolutely no pressure. We’ll give you the facts, share our knowledge, help you match what diapers will fit your lifestyle and tell you what you don’t need.

For 11 years we’ve been helping our customers choose cloth. Whether it’s setting you up to appease your a-type personality or your partner’s serious aversion to changing any diapers we can help. Choosing reusable cloth diapers is the best commitment you can make this Earth Day and every day throughout the year.