Why Donate?

Umbilical cord tissue is currently being investigated in a variety of clinical trials, and the healing potential that could be reached is not yet fully known.

Why The Placenta?

Placental Tissue has multiple cellular components that has potentially unlimited applications to help heal patients. The innermost layer of the placenta, the amniotic membrane, has been used for decades to promote healing in wide range of procedures and difficult to treat wounds. Amniotic tissue is naturally occurring in pregnancy, serving to cushion and protect. It is a natural source of growth factors, hyaluronic acid, cytokines, and mesenchymal stem cells.

What is the Amnion?

  • Thin membrane on the inner side of the fetal placenta; it completely surrounds the embryo and delimits the amniotic cavity, which is filled by amniotic liquid
  • Uses chorionic fluid, amniotic fluid and fetal surface vessels as sources of nutrition and oxygen
  • Transports water and soluble material for the fetus; syntheses growth factors, vasoactive peptides and cytokines; and regulates amniotic fluid pH

Why The Umbilical Cord?

Cord tissue is a precious and unique resource retrieved after a child is born. This tissue contains stem cells that have powerful healing capabilities used to help repair damaged tissues, restore impaired cartilage, or regenerate lost cells. A single stem cell can be multiplied into many cells for a variety of medical therapies, and expands healthcare possibilities.

What is the Umbilical Cord?

  • Formed at day 26 of gestation, represents the link between mother and fetus during pregnancy
  • Composed of a special embryonic mucous connective tissue, called Wharton’s jelly, lying between the covering amniotic epithelium and the umbilical vessels
  • Functions:
  • Blood source for the neonate
  • Source of nutrients
  • Transfer waste products and deoxygenated blood away from the fetus to the maternal circulation

Who Can Donate?

Donors are healthy women who pass an extensive medical screening that is reviewed by our Signature Biologics’ Medical Director. Scheduled c-sections are required for sample collection.