Who Can Donate?

Placental tissue has multiple cellular components that promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. For decades, doctors have used the amniotic membrane, which comprises the innermost layer of the placenta, in a wide range of procedures including eye injuries, oral surgeries, spine surgeries and for the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and burns.

If you are an expectant mother with a planned Cesarean section delivery scheduled in a participating hospital, you may be eligible to donate your placenta. At TriForLife Birth Tissue Recovery Group, we would like to help you provide others with the gift of healing. As long as you are 40 years of age or younger, you have no disqualifying medical conditions and your healthy Cesarean section delivery is planned, we will accept your donation.

The donation process poses no risk either to you or to your baby, and there is absolutely no cost to you or your family for the donation. The process for donating your placenta includes these simple steps:

  • Discuss your decision to donate your placenta with your physician if you are having a planned Cesarean section. We will work with your medical team to make the donation a success.

  • You will sign a formal consent document giving permission for the donation and recovery of the placenta once your child is born. You will also complete a confidential questionnaire regarding your medical and social history, which we will use only for medical purposes pertaining to the recovery and use of the placenta. A TriForLife representative can assist you with these forms.

  • Upon admission for your planned Cesarean section delivery, a nurse or technician will obtain an additional blood sample while performing your routine blood work. Since the sample collection will occur at the same time as the admittance blood draw, you will not need an additional needle stick. We will test this second sample to ensure the absence of infectious diseases.

  • On the day of your scheduled Cesarean section, a TriForLife donation coordinator will be on-site in the Birthing Center to coordinate the donation of your placenta. Your decision to offer birth tissue donation will not interfere with your delivery plans.

  • After your baby’s delivery, a TriForLife recovery specialist will work with the delivery team to recover your placenta. You will have no other obligations or requirements.

Please consider this charitable donation so that together we can improve the quality of life for patients in need. For more information, call TriForLife’s Tennessee office at 423-900-8495. We are happy to provide you with a list of affiliated hospitals in your area and to answer any questions you may have.

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