Birth Tissue & Placenta Donation
Make a Difference for Others and Create a Legacy for Your Baby
Expectant parents of any age can take advantage of this unique opportunity as long as there are no disqualifying medical conditions. Those would include any infections or viruses such as HIV, hepatitis or other conditions that could be transmitted to recipients.
Expectant parents delivering by C-section or vaginally are eligible.
The following health systems are currently participating in Gift of Life Michigan's placenta donation program:
- Trinity Health in Ann Arbor, Livonia and the Oakland Campus
- MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alma, Alpena, Midland, West Branch and Sault Ste. Marie
- UP Health System in Marquette
We continue to add new hospitals to this partnership, so check back again if your preferred hospital is not yet listed.
What is donated?
With your permission, your baby's placenta and associated tissues - normally discarded after birth - can be donated. Your child's birth is in no way affected and there is no risk to you or your baby.
Donating your baby’s placenta is considered a gift, and payment for donated tissue and organs is illegal under the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. Your donation wouldn’t cost you or your family anything.
How is placenta used?
Placenta is rich in nutrients and has unique healing properties. It is most often used to heal traumatic wounds and diabetic ulcers - situations where the skin won't easily heal on its own. It may be used to help people with eye injuries and diseases, for spinal and dental procedures and for sports injuries.
Born a Hero
Little Coleton Voss has no idea how many people he’s already helped in his life. But with the gift of his nutrient-rich placenta, he has already made a difference for up to 20 patients.
The Fenton-area toddler and his mom, Alyssa, donated his placenta the moment he was born in Ann Arbor in 2019. They were the first to give the tissue with super healing powers as part of Gift of Life’s placenta donation program.
“When my doctor presented the idea of placenta donation, we thought that would be a cool thing to do,” Alyssa said. “We’re excited to know Coleton was part of something bigger when he was born.”
How Does it Help
Unique Benefits of Placenta Donation
Wound healing, spinal corrections, dental procedures, sports medicine and more.
Healing for Eyes
Dry eyes, cornea damage, cornea disease, and other diseases of the eye.
Encourages healing, relieves pain, minimizes scarring, reduces swelling, and decreases infections.
How to Participate
Talk to your doctor about your desire to be a placenta donor. Complete the form below, and one of our coordinators will contact you to set up a convenient time to complete some documents and answer questions about your medical and social history. Some questions are personal, which can make some people feel a little uncomfortable, but the information is important to ensure the safety of donated tissue. The interview will last about 20 minutes and is similar to questions asked of blood donors.
Thank you for supporting our mission and for helping to heal and save lives!