Placenta Donation Program
If you are scheduled to deliver your baby by cesarean section, you may want to donate the placenta after your baby is born. Tissue in the placenta can be used to help restore sight to as many as 100 people.
How to Become a Donor
To become a donor, you will need to tell your obstetrician ahead of time and fill out the required consent forms. Your obstetrician will send the necessary information to the hospital.
On the day of delivery, after your baby is born, your doctor will put on a new pair of sterile gloves and place the placenta in a special bag provided by a recovery technician from Southeast Tissue Alliance (SETA). The process is that simple and quick. There are no additional costs or medical procedures involved.
How You Can Help
SETA ships the placenta to a facility where it will be processed into AmnioGraft and shipped upon request to eye surgeons throughout the world. Additionally, some placentas are provided to other organizations that make grafts that will aid in surgical healing.
Every year countless people suffer from eye irritation and loss of sight caused by diseases or injuries. The amniotic membrane from the placenta has physical properties similar to the tissue of the eye surface. Eye surgeons all over the world have found that amniotic membrane tissue, when properly processed, can be used to repair damaged eye surfaces, reduce eye surface inflammation, and help healing. As a result, the patient's suffering is also relieved.