Placenta Donation

Why the placenta?

There are multiple cellular components found in placental tissue that have the potential to help patients heal. The amniotic membrane, which comprises the innermost layer of the placenta, has been used for decades to promote healing. Currently, amniotic membrane is being used for a wide range of procedures including eye, oral, spine surgery, and for the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers (bed sores), and burns.

Who can donate?

  • Any expecting mother with a planned Caesarean section delivery can donate, as long as there are no disqualifying medical conditions and her physician is a participating member of MiMedx's Placenta Donation Program.*
  • There is no age limit for placenta donation. The placenta is accepted after a healthy, planned Caesarean section delivery, regardless of the donor mother's age.
  • The medical conditions that can disqualify a donor mother from the donation program include active cancer and infectious diseases. A questionnaire and a simple blood test, performed at the same time as the admittance blood draw and requiring no additional needle stick, will be used to ensure that there is no risk of transmitting infectious diseases to the recipient of the donated tissue.

*If your physician is not a participating member of MiMedx's Placenta Donation Program and you wish to donate,
please inform him/her of your decision first, and then contact us.

How does the donation process work?

The donation process poses no risk to either you or your baby, and there is absolutely no cost to you or your family for the donation. Please consider this charitable donation so that together, we can improve the quality of life for patients in need.

  1. Discuss your decision to donate your placenta with your physician, if you are having a planned Caesarean section.
  2. Your physician’s office will contact MiMedx's regarding your desire to donate your placenta.
  3. You will sign a formal consent giving permission for the donation and recovery of the placenta once the child is born.
  4. You will be required to answer a series of questions regarding your medical and social history. Your information will be used only for medical purposes pertaining to the recovery and use of the placenta.
  5. Upon admission for your planned Caesarean section delivery, a blood sample will be obtained when your routine blood work is performed in order to complete serological testing. This procedure is done to ensure the absence of infectious diseases. Since the sample collection will occur at the same time as the admittance blood draw, there is no additional needle stick.
  6. After your delivery, a MiMedx's recovery technician will work with the delivery team to recover the delivered placenta. Nothing additional is required from the mother.

 

It’s that simple!!

 

Click here to review Frequently Asked Questions regarding placenta donation.