Augusta, GA – An infant only minutes old may have helped make it possible for dozens of others to regain their eyesight thanks to the placenta donation program at Doctors Hospital. The only such program in the CSRA, Doctors has partnered with Surgical Biologics, a market leading processor of amniotic tissue for use in a wide variety of surgical procedures for soft tissue repair to bring this program to the Augusta market.
“We are the only hospital in the CSRA that offers this option and it’s one that we know brings healing to so many others. It allows families to give back in a completely safe and risk free way. I can’t think of anything more positive to do with material that is typically discarded after childbirth,” says Annette Repko, Director of Women’s Services at Doctors Hospital.
Why the placenta?
The amniotic membrane, which comprises the innermost layer of the placenta, has been used for decades to promote healing after surgery. Currently, amniotic membrane is being used for a wide range of procedures including eye, oral, spine surgery, and for the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds and burns.
Who can donate?
Any expecting mother with a planned Caesarean section delivery can donate, as long as there are no disqualifying medical conditions such as active cancer and infectious disease. There is no age limit for placenta donation.
Is the process safe for mother and baby?
Donor screening and serological testing is performed for each donation according to strict guidelines set forth by both the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) to eliminate any donation that poses a health risk.