Southeast Georgia Health System Placenta Donation Program Expands to Brunswick Campus
Southeast Georgia Health System has expanded its placenta donation program to the Brunswick campus. The program began in May 2022 at the Camden campus, and now mothers who give birth by caesarean section at the Brunswick Health System campus have the same opportunity to heal others by donating their placenta. By participating in the Maternity Care Centers Placenta Donation Program, one placenta can benefit up to 50 people suffering from various wounds, injuries and eye conditions.
Erin Simpson is the first placenta donor on the Brunswick Health System campus. She and her husband, Drew Simps, welcomed their precious daughter, Andi Jean Simpson, into the world on June 20, 2022 at 8:15 a.m. She weighed 8 pounds 10 ounces and was 20 inches tall. Miss Andi was delivered by Jason M. Joseph, MD, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The amniotic membrane or “amnios”, which protects an embryo during pregnancy, is the only tissue designed by nature specifically as a universal graft. It can be used for a variety of wound healing and lifesaving purposes, including the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds and soft tissue injuries, during eye surgery as a base to replace damaged eye tissue, and for the treatment of burns, legs ulcers and bedsores. Placenta donation has no side effects for the mother or the baby.
To learn more about Southeast Georgia Health System maternity care centers, visit sghs.org/maternity.