Cord Blood Banking

The term “cord blood” is used to describe the blood that remains in the umbilical cord birth of a baby. Cord blood contains stem cells that may be cryopreserved after the birth of the baby for later use in medical therapies, such as stem cell transplants or clinical trials of new stem cell therapies. This is an out of pocket cost to you that you may desire to consider at the time of your baby’s birth. However, there is some amount of research and preparation if you think you would like to elect to collect your baby’s cord blood. Inova Alexandria Hospital does not offer public cord blood donation. However, you may still be eligible to participate in public donation by arranging the process ahead of time.


Preterm Labor

What is preterm labor?

Preterm or premature labor happens when you go into labor before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Babies born too soon can have lifelong or life threatening health problems.

What are warning signs?

  • Vaginal bleeding after the first trimester of pregnancy
  • Contraction every 10 minutes or closer together (6 in an hour)
  • Cramps that feel like your period
  • Change in vaginal discharge (usually you will have other warning signs)
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Lower Dull Backache is very common in pregnancy. If the pain becomes stronger, that is a warning sign, especially if the mother has one or more of the other warning signs.
  • Leaking water


What should I do if I think I am having preterm labor?

  • If you are bleeding after the first trimester, call us
  • If you are having cramping: drink water, empty your bladder and rest. If it continues or gets worse, call us


For more information, access the Pregnancy section of the home page and click on warning signs for more about preterm labor