We support families facing unforeseen events prior to or immediately after the birth of their newborn, be it a fatal fetal diagnosis, or brain injury during birth. As there are many thoughts and decisions during this difficult time, donation is one that is often present. IIAM’s Neonatal Donor Program supports efforts to pursue organ and tissue donation for medical research once their babies pass from natural causes shortly after birth.
Opening Minds and Opening Eyes
Beginning with a mother’s love for her unborn baby, IIAM established a Neonatal Donor Program in 2012. This program offers a needed service to the research community and to families of babies with fatal fetal diagnoses who will die from natural causes soon after birth, or where other fatal outcomes occur during or shortly after the birth. Working with a Steering Committee comprised of bioethicists, professionals in reproductive law, neonatologists, and other subject matter experts, IIAM has created donor guidelines for screening referrals of neonates and determining options for organ and tissue donation for medical research. Since its inception, IIAM’s Neonatal Donor Program has helped families choosing donation to make an important difference with research studying how organs and cells develop in ways that were once unthinkable. Today, parents who receive a non-survivable diagnosis for their baby during pregnancy have more opportunities to create a lasting legacy for their baby’s beautiful but all-too-brief life by donating his or her organs and tissue for medical research.
Neonatal Donations of January 2, 2020
Neonatal Donation Testimonials
“We’re so grateful to IIAM for energizing neonatal donation for research. Because of their collaboration with OPOs across the country, parents now have the opportunity to turn despair into gifts of life.”
Bethany and Eric Conkel, parents of IIAM’s 1st neonatal donor – baby Amalya
“The entire staff at IIAM is doing far more than fulfilling the core mission of providing organs and tissues for medical research, education and development. They are offering hope to families like our own with terminal diagnoses and, for this gift, we are eternally grateful. The people at IIAM did a beautiful job of making this experience meaningful in every way.”
Alison and Dan Brennan, parents of baby Ourania
“Everything that we wanted as far as from her birth and leaving a legacy, everything happened exactly the way we wanted it, so we wouldn’t have done it any other way. We’re just so proud of her.”
Michael and Brandi Rogers, parents of a neonatal donor
“We thank IIAM for taking a lead role in making this choice available to a growing number of families facing the devastating news of a terminal prenatal diagnosis.”
“It was beyond our expectations to learn how much of an impact our baby’s gifts had on [the researchers], both personally and professionally, and the potential advances that might be made as a result of these donations.”
“Parents of neonatal donors are desperate for information; IIAM provides them with tremendous solace and gives meaning to their unimaginable loss.”
R. Patrick Wood, MD, FACS, LifeGift Organ Donation Center, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
“IIAM has everything covered when it comes to honoring these precious gifts — from providing families with resources on their website, to attending our Donor Council reviews.”
Schawnte Williams-Taylor, LifeGift Organ Donation Center, Director Family Care Services
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