Frequently asked questions

If you are thinking about becoming a donor, you may have some questions about the process and procedure. To help answer the most commonly asked questions, read some of our FAQ’s.

If you have any further questions, please contact us, and one of our medical professionals will assist you.

Why Donate?

Donating the placenta can promote healing in patients who suffer from injuries that are often difficult to treat. Just one donation has the potential to help dozens of patients heal.

How are the tissues used?

The tissues collected are used to help treat ophthalmic (eye) issues, burn injuries, diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, soft tissue injuries and many other hard-to-heal injuries.

What tissues are collected by the program?

Placental, amniotic membrane, chorion membrane and umbilical cord tissues are collected by the program.

Who can donate?

Any expectant mother with a planned Caesarean section (C-section) delivery can donate, as long as there are no disqualifying medical conditions.

What medical conditions could disqualify a potential donor?

Medical conditions that could disqualify donors include infectious diseases and a history of cancer. Our team of medical professionals looks into your medical history with your consent on your donor application.

Is there an age requirement or limit for a donor?

Age of the mother is not factor to a donation. Any mother with a healthy, full-term C-section delivery is eligible to become a donor.

Does the donation harm the baby?

No, retrieving the placenta for donation is a very easy and safe process. It is not collected until after your baby is delivered. There is no additional surgical procedure. The specimen is simply collected, posing no risk to the mother or child.

How much does donating cost?

Your placenta is a generous gift that you are giving to another family in need. All expenses for this collection are paid for. Neither you nor your family will incur any charge.

Will I be paid to donate?

We are incredibly grateful for your generous donation. Unfortunately, due to federal laws, we are not allowed to pay anyone for their donation.

How can I become a donor?

Check out our How to Donate page to learn more about how you can become a donor.