Birth tissue includes the placenta and umbilical cord. These are often discarded after a healthy birth, but birth tissue may be used to help treat burns, diabetic ulcers, and traumatic injuries, in addition to developing new therapies.
“I feel overjoyed with hope and pride that my baby and I have helped other people. I can’t wait to tell my son that he was able to help others by simply being born.”
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Inform your doctor and nurse that you are interested in donating birth tissue.
Birth tissue includes the placenta and umbilical cord, which usually are discarded after a healthy birth.
Birth tissue has been studied and may be used to help treat burns, diabetic ulcers, and traumatic injuries, in addition to developing new therapies.
Donating is free. You can help others at no cost to you.
Donation does not interfere with the normal birthing process.
There is no medical risk to your child.
Birth tissue is usually discarded as biomedical waste following a normal delivery.
Was your life saved by the generous gift of blood, marrow, tissue or cord blood? Or are you a donor who’d like to share why you chose to save a life?
For more than 45 years, the nonprofit South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has focused on a critical purpose: to save and improve lives.
Inspired by a group of physicians, our organization was formed to provide blood to the South Texas region – ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply through proper testing, storage and distribution to hospitals. This essential service allows front-line workers to focus on the direct care of patients, with confidence that this lifesaving resource will be there when it’s needed most.
But we didn’t stop there. Over the years, we’ve evolved as the needs of our patients and hospitals have changed, driven to save lives in as many ways as possible.
We couldn’t do this without donors like you. We understand that the gift of donation is a personal, powerful choice that has the potential to touch a life. Today, we offer many ways to make a difference that include:
Our team has also expanded its programs, partnering with leaders within the healthcare industry to develop a wide range of therapies. We’ve recently developed programs to collect and distribute COVID-19 convalescent plasma, as well as improve trauma care.