Living Donation Q&A

Part 6: Birth Tissue Donation


  • What is birth tissue?


What is birth tissue?

Birth tissue is gestational tissue that can be donated after the delivery of a living newborn. Donated birth tissue is often used in reconstructive procedures to promote healing, and to treat burns and painful wounds. Birth tissue donation is a type of living donation and does not impact your health or the health of your baby.

Donated birth tissue can include:

  • Placenta
  • Amniotic membrane
  • Chorionic membrane
  • Amniotic fluid
  • Umbilical cord tissue
  • Umbilical veins
  • Wharton’s jelly

Birth tissue and cord blood can be donated after childbirth and require a specific authorization.

Learn more about birth tissue.