Frequently Asked Questions
What is birth tissue?
Birth tissue consists of the placenta, umbilical cord, and amniotic fluid. These tissues nourish your baby while in the womb. Following the safe delivery of the baby, the tissue can be donated and used to help others. Since there is so much nutrition in the birth tissue, when turned into grafts, patients heal exponentially faster with little to no scarring.
What happens to my birth tissue if I choose not to donate?
Birth tissue is usually discarded as medical waste. If you choose to donate, it can be made into tissue grafts to help wounded patients heal.
How is my birth tissue used after I donate?
A BTDS recovery technician will prepare the tissue to be sent to tissue organizations who make these gifts into tissue grafts. The tissue graft acts as a barrier to protect the wound from infection, reduces inflammation, and reduces scarring. There are many applications for birth tissue grafts such as: wound care, burn patients, cervical grafts and ocular grafts.
Can I bank my cord blood?
Donation of your placenta does not imply the donation of your umbilical cord. You can donate both or either. Donation is completely voluntary and does not interfere with a mothers wish to bank her cord blood.
Will I be paid for donating my birth tissue?
There is no reimbursement or cost associated with donating your birth tissue. Donating is a gift that provides healing to wounded patients.
What is the process to donate my birth tissue?
The process to donate is simple so the focus stays on the safe delivery of your baby. You will complete an Informed Consent and a Medical Social History form. Following the completion of these forms, we will collect a blood sample and have it tested to confirm your tissue is safe for transplantation.
What are the risks of donating?
There are no risks associated with donating. Donation involves no additional surgical procedures and only occurs after the safe delivery of the baby.
Who will I work with during the donation process?
All aspects of the donation process are handled by qualified and experienced BTDS staff. Birth Tissue Recovery staff work with the hospital staff to make sure that the donation process is unobtrusive while ensuring the donated tissue is safe for transplant.
How do I know if I qualify to donate my placenta and umbilical cord?
BTDS will work to qualify each potential patient by reviewing medical records and completing a brief medical social questionnaire with mom. BTDS works with multiple tissue processors to allow more options for donation as well as maximizing the gift; all within American Association of Tissue Bank and FDA standards and guidelines.