In short, donating your birth tissue can save lives – and it won’t change a thing about your delivery. Instead of being discarded with medical waste, the tissue is instead recovered and repurposed, often resulting in more than 100 grafts that can be used to help patients in need. With a remarkable ability to heal, birth tissue is used to treat burns, mend wounds, aid in surgery and recovery, and more. It’s an invaluable gift that only you can give and one with the power to make your baby’s birth that much more meaningful.
Birth tissue donation poses no risk to you or your baby and requires no extra effort, costs or surgical procedures. Instead of being needlessly discarded with medical waste after delivery, the birth tissue is recovered in a sterile manner and transferred to a NMDS professional for packaging, labeling and transportation to a facility where precious, life-enhancing grafts are made. It’s just one more step with the power to heal many.
Unless your doctor requests or requires additional testing of the birth tissue, it will be discarded as medical waste.
Your blood will be tested for infectious diseases such as: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and Syphilis. If any results are reportable per public health standards, your doctor will be notified and provide further follow-up with you.
No. Much like other forms of tissue donation, the gift of birth tissue donation is given anonymously to protect the privacy of all parties involved.
Not at all. Your birth tissue will be removed in the same way and at the same time (after your baby is delivered) as it would if it were not being donated. There is no additional procedure involved for the donation of your birth tissue.
Absolutely not. The minimal supplies needed for recovery and transportation of your birth tissue are covered.
The birth tissue is removed through the same surgical incision used for your C-section. After your baby is born, your health care providers will recover the birth tissue and relay it to our specially-trained staff to be prepared for transport.
When you register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, you leave a lasting legacy and bring hope to those waiting.
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