BIRTH TISSUE DONATION HEALS LIVES
Birth tissue for donation is the placenta. This tissue helped to nourish your baby while you were pregnant and is normally discarded after birth. With your permission, following your C-section delivery, it can be used to help heal lives. Your decision to share this gift does not affect the birth or medical care and does not pose any risk to you or your baby. The birth tissue will not be recovered until after the baby has been safely delivered. There is no cost to you to donate and your participation in the program is voluntary.
WHO CAN DONATE BIRTH TISSUE?
Expectant mothers of any age who will give birth with a planned C-section can take advantage of this unique opportunity. If there are disqualifying medical conditions, some mothers may not be eligible. Those would include infections or viruses such as HIV, hepatitis or other diseases that could be transmitted to patients who would receive donated birth tissue for healing.
YOUR BABY'S LEGACY FROM THE BEGINNING
Imagine your baby beginning his or her life as a hero, helping others heal and live healthier lives. What an incredible legacy right from the start!
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HOW DOES BIRTH TISSUE HEAL LIVES?
Your gift brings hope and healing to patients who have a variety of medical needs. Tissue grafts derived from your birth tissue are used primarily as a covering to treat wounds such as diabetic ulcers and skin grafts for burn victims. It is also used to help people with eye injuries and diseases, for spinal and dental procedures and for sports injuries. This natural covering helps with the restoration of damaged or unhealthy tissue and can be used in the health reconstruction processes. Its flexible properties allow it to conform to the wound sites. Birth tissue provides a protective and physical barrier when applied to wounds. Birth tissue has further been instrumental in providing future benefits by advancing medical research and finding new treatments for medical conditions.