Birth Tissue Donation
Moms who give birth via cesarean section have the option to donate their Birth Tissue to ConnectLife.
By donating your placenta and umbilical cord, you give the Gift of Healing. The innermost layer of the placenta (known as the amnion) is made up of special cells that stimulate the body's healing mechanism. The amnion can be used to promote healing after surgery and is also used in combination with skin grafts for burn victims.
With each birth tissue donated, 12 to 100 different transplantable grafts can be produced. This means that up to 100 different people can be on the road to recovery with just one placenta.
The Donation Process
The donation process poses no risk to either you or your baby. The birth tissue will not be recovered until after the baby has been safely delivered.
When you consent to donation, you are asked to answer a series of questions regarding your medical and social history to ensure the safety of the recipient. Additionally, a routine blood sample will be taken when you are admitted for surgery.
All expenses related to donation are paid for by ConnectLife. There is no cost to you or your family.
How to Donate
Interested moms delivering via a planned cesarean section at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital or Oishei Children’s Hospital may be eligible to donate.
If you wish to donate, please consult your physician and contact the ConnectLife Donor Referral Center at (716) 529-4300 ext: 5. For all other inquiries or more information regarding the Birth Tissue Program, please contact Kayla Giancarlo at (716) 529-4378.