The birth of a baby offers the opportunity to help others through the Lifeline of Ohio Placenta Donation program.

Who can donate?

Any expectant mother with a planned cesarean section delivering at a participating hospital can be a potential donor. 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. There is no age limit on the mother for placenta donation.

What can be donated?

The placenta, umbilical cord and amniotic fluid. 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.

How can I participate in the Placenta Donation program through Lifeline of Ohio?

  • If you are having a planned c-section, discuss your decision to donate with your physician. Your physician will confirm your delivery hospital is participating in Lifeline of Ohio’s Placenta Donation program. 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.
  • Call Lifeline of Ohio at 800-525-5667 to speak with the placenta coordinator who can answer your questions and schedule a convenient time to complete the donation documents.
  • During your scheduled call, the placenta coordinator will ask for your consent to donation by phone on a recorded line. A series of questions will be reviewed regarding your medical and social history. Your information will be used only for medical purposes pertaining to the acquisition and use of the placenta. The interview should take approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • After your delivery, the placenta will be respectfully tested, treated and processed under strict guidelines in accordance with medical and ethical standards so it can safely and effectively help others. Nothing additional is required from the mother.

For more information regarding our Placenta Donation program, please email us at placentadonation@lifelineofohio.org, or call 800-525-5667.

Read the Columbus Dispatch article on this exciting new program. The article appeared in the Mother’s Day edition (5.12.19).

 

FAQs

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 associate 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?

No. There is no risk to you or your baby. The placenta will be acquired after your baby is delivered.

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.