For further information, please reference our list of frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions, please contact MiMedx at 855-272-3988 and we will be glad to provide you with as much information as possible.
What is the amniotic membrane?
The amniotic membrane is the innermost layer of the placenta, which lines the amniotic cavity. The membrane is made up of a special combination of tissue that makes amnion a unique membrane in the human body. This membrane is comprised of cellular components that allow it to provide specific functions to aid in healing.
How is the amniotic membrane used?
Human amniotic membrane has been used for various types of reconstructive surgical procedures since the early 1900s. In surgery, amniotic membrane can be used as a foundation material for soft tissue healing, or as a natural biological barrier at the surgical site. Currently, amniotic membrane is experiencing widespread use in wound healing, areas of dentistry, ophthalmic (eye) surgery, and sports medicine.
Is placenta donation related to cord blood donation or research?
No. Placenta donation is not related to cord blood donation. Cord blood is the blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord after it has been cut and is rich in stem cells. These cells are not included in placenta donation.
Can I donate cord blood while donating my placenta?
Yes, donation or collection for storage (banking) of cord blood through other organizations is possible during placenta donation.
MiMedx currently does not offer cord blood banking.
Can any expectant mother donate?
Any expectant 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. If your physician is not a participating member of the Placenta donation program and you wish to donate, please inform him/her of your decision first, and then contact us.
Is there an age limit for the donor mother?
There is no age limit for placenta donation. The placenta is accepted after a healthy full-term, planned Caesarean section delivery, regardless of the age of the donor mother.
What medical conditions would prevent me from donating?
Any illness which could be transmitted to a recipient, including viruses and certain types of infections, will prevent you from donating.
Why am I required to have a blood test?
MiMedx must perform a blood test for each placenta donor to ensure the safety of both the tissue recipient, as well as its employees, from the transmission of any infectious disease. The good news is that this won’t require an additional needle stick. The blood needed is drawn during your admittance blood test.
What blood tests are required?
A blood sample obtained for serological testing is collected from the donor mother during routine blood specimen collection prior to the scheduled delivery. The blood specimen is tested for the following:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
Will I be contacted with the results of my blood test?
Confirmed positive results for infectious diseases will be reported by law. All blood test results are kept on file at MiMedx and can be requested by your physician.
Is there a cost associated with being a donor?
No. Neither you nor your family will be responsible for any costs related to placenta donation.
All expenses related to donation are paid by MiMedx.
Will my decision to donate affect the medical care of my baby or me?
Absolutely not. There is no risk to you or your baby. The placenta will not be recovered until after
the Caesarean section delivery, and there is no additional surgery, just a routine blood test done
simultaneously with your admittance blood draw on the day of surgery. You won’t even need an
additional needle stick.
Will my information be kept confidential?
MiMedx has adopted stringent procedures to protect the confidentiality of patient information and insure that it is only used and disclosed on a need-to-know basis in furtherance of the purpose for which the tissue is donated.
Will I be given monetary compensation for my donation?
No. We are extremely appreciative of this act of charity; however, due to federal laws, we cannot provide any monetary compensation.
Do any religions oppose tissue donation?
Most religions support tissue and organ donation. If there is any doubt about your religion’s views, contact your religious leader.
How successful is the use of amnion in surgery?
MiMedx has distributed over 500,000 amnion based products for surgical procedures. For decades, amniotic membrane has been used successfully in soft tissue surgery. The surgical use of amniotic membrane has been reported for decades as an advantageous substitute for autografts (grafts harvested from the patient’s own tissues).
Do you have to match my donated amnion with a potential recipient (similar to organ donation)?
Due to the immunological and histocompatibility characteristics of the amnion, amniotic tissue does not have to be directly matched with a potential recipient. This is very advantageous, since amnion can benefit a large patient population and makes your donation that much more helpful.
Will I receive follow-up on the recipient(s) of my donation?
Unfortunately, we are unable to disclose this information due to patient confidentiality.
How can my physician begin participating in the placenta donation program?
We encourage participation from physicians and welcome any interested physician to contact us at 855-272-3988 to receive further information.
If I have further questions, who do I contact?
For more information, contact MiMedx at 855-272-3988, or complete the contact form on the website and a representative will be more than happy to contact you.