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.

Potential donors include all expectant mothers who are:

If you are interested in donating your placenta, or have questions regarding donation, please click the button below to fill out our interest form. The link will take you to a secure, third-party HIPAA compliant site to enter your information.

After submitting this form, a Lifeline of Ohio staff member will follow up with you. You can also contact us by emailing placentadonation@lifelineofohio.org.

participating hospitals with 46 OBGYN participating practices in the Placenta Donation Program.
healing grafts are made (on average) from one donated placenta.
placentas have been donated since the program's inception in 2019.
healing grafts have been created thanks to generous moms and their babies.

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.

Participating Hospitals

Currently, Lifeline of Ohio is working with the following partners and has plans to expand this opportunity in the near future. Participating hospitals as of November 2021:

  • Adena Regional Medical Center
  • Avita Health System-Galion Hospital
  • 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, St. Ann’s, Grove City
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • Southeastern Med
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Stories of healing

New graft method heals 3-year wound Published in The Marietta Times
Wound healing brings hope for organ transplantation Story courtesy of MTF Biologics
Healing times two!

Placenta donation in the news

A mom shares her placenta donation story
Moms give gift of healing with placenta donations
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
Adena’s first Placenta Donation Program patient gives birth Published by Adena Health System
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.