Alyssa Voss and her son, Coleton, gave a unique gift to others on the day he was born. The Voss family was the first in Michigan to donate their placenta as part of a new program aimed at providing nutrient-rich tissue to help patients with serious medical needs. Expectant mothers who will give birth with a planned cesarean section at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor can take part in the unique program. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is the only hospital in the state offering placenta donation through Gift of Life Michigan, but the program likely will expand to other Michigan hospitals. The baby’s umbilical cord and placenta— typically discarded after birth— can be donated. The child’s birth is in no way affected, and there is no risk to the mother or the baby. The placenta technically belongs to the baby, making him or her the donor. Placenta is rich in nutrients, so it has unique healing properties, most often used for traumatic wounds and diabetic ulcers, as well as eye injuries and diseases, dental and spinal procedures and sports injuries.
Interested in donating?
Talk to your prenatal care provider or call the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Labor and Delivery unit with questions 734-712-0331.