Birth tissue may be referred to as postnatal tissue and is composed of the umbilical cord, placenta (which contains amnion and chorion layers) and amnion fluid.
Traditionally, postnatal or birth tissue is discarded as medical waste.
Why throw away this opportunity to provide the gift of healing to someone in medical need?
Because of the components found within the birth tissue, postnatal tissue (after delivery of the baby) has been used for decades to address and treat various types of health issues: wounds, ulcers (venous leg, pressure), barriers, and surgical applications (eye, spinal and tissue injections).
The birth tissue is processed and made into a medical application that significantly improves a patient’s ability to heal. If for any reason the tissue cannot be used for transplantation, it may be used for research or education.
There are no side effects or risks associated with the donation of the birth tissue.
Who can donate?
All donations are voluntary.
If you choose not to donate, you are under no obligation. You should receive educational information to help you make an informed decision to donate your birth tissue.
There is no cost and no reimbursement given to you or your family for donating this gift.
There are no extra procedures involved.
Expecting mothers with healthy cesarean section or vaginal delivery.
Donation of your umbilical cord does not imply the donation of your placental tissue.
You can donate both or either.
*All donors are evaluated to determine if any active infection or history of disease may affect eligibility to donate. For the safety of patients receiving transplants developed from your donated tissues, we screen for communicable infections, illnesses or diseases. Donations that may compromise the safety of the tissue recipient are not recovered.
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Critical patients with open wounds or severe burns can be treated with skin grafts made from donated placental tissue. One placenta can make up to 100 skin grafts.
Diabetic Foot Ulcer
To avoid amputation, diabetic foot ulcers can be treated with placental tissue. The tissue acts as a scaffold and forms closure with the patients skin to regenerate naturally.
Birth tissue can be used to treat corneal tears or chemical splashes to the eye that may otherwise result in vision loss or the removal of the eye altogether.
Spinal cord injuries can be covered or injected with placental tissue. This technique promotes healthy regeneration and decreases risk of inflammation and infection.