Lifeline of Ohio’s Placenta Donation Program

The birth of a baby offers the opportunity to help others through the Lifeline of Ohio Placenta Donation Program. Any expectant mother with a planned cesarean section delivering at a participating hospital can be a potential donor. There is no age limit on the mother for placenta donation.

Currently, Lifeline of Ohio is working with a small number of local Columbus-area hospitals, with plans to expand this opportunity in the near future. Participating hospitals as of November 2020: Adena Regional Medical Center, Fairfield Medical Center, Genesis HealthCare System, Knox Community Hospital, Licking Memorial Hospital, Lima Memorial Hospital, Marietta Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center, Mount Carmel East, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, Mount Carmel Grove City, Southeastern Med and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with more hospitals being added!

 

 

What can be donated?

The placenta, umbilical cord and amniotic membranes. There are multiple components in placental tissue that have the potential to help patients heal, including the placenta, amniotic membranes and the umbilical cord. The amniotic membranes have been used for decades to promote healing. Currently, amniotic membranes are used for a wide range of procedures involving eye, oral and spine surgery and for the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and burns.

Who can be helped?

Your gift may benefit patients who have a variety of medical needs. Amniotic membrane grafts are used primarily for wound care and surgical applications to promote natural healing and reduce pain, inflammation and scarring.

Placenta donation in the news

Moms give the gift of healing through birth-tissue donation Published in The Columbus Dispatch
First placenta donation at MMH could help 25 patients Published in The Marietta Times
New graft method heals 3-year wound Published in The Marietta Times
25 Hours Podcast For one couple, they had a day that had a permanent impact. But, six months later, they experienced 25 hours that brought a new arrival, painful loss and a new beginning.

Frequently asked questions

Who do I contact to learn more information about this program?

For questions about our program, please contact our Placenta Program Coordinator at placentadonation@lifelineofohio.org

Is placenta donation related to cord blood donation or research?

No. Placenta donation is not related to cord blood donation.

Can any expectant mother donate?

Any expectant mother, of any age, with a planned C-section delivering at a participating hospital can be a potential donor.

Is there a cost associated with donating my placenta?

No. You will not be responsible for any costs related to placenta donation.

Will my decision to donate affect the medical care of my baby or me?

There is no risk to you or your baby. The placenta will be acquired after your baby is delivered. Your provider has not been asked to change or adapt his/her procedure for the purposes of participating in this program. Also, donation will not proceed if, at the time of your delivery, your provider determines the placenta needs further pathological testing.

Will I be monetarily compensated for my donation?

No. The National Organ Transplant Act (Public Law 98-507) prohibits the sale of human organs, corneas and tissues.