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Development of a Birth Tissue Donation Program

This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the steps involved in building and launching a birth tissue donation program.  Topics will range from creating a program structure to implementation and launch. The presentation will also discuss identifying and building a relationship with hospital partners. There will also be a nurse champion participating in speaking about her hospital's needs and concerns when they decided to offer the option of birth tissue donation to their families.  

Shannon Renaud, MHA, CTBS

Tissue Procurement Trainer

Gift of Life Michigan

Shannon has been involved in the tissue bank community since 1998. She began her work in transplant at the University of California San Francisco Tissue Bank as a tissue team leader and developing comprehensive training programs. She later moved to Arizona and worked in Quality & Regulatory Affairs for the Donor Network of Arizona. Shannon then worked at Transplant for Life, first as the Director of Quality and later as the Tissue Bank Director, where she helped develop the facility’s birth tissue program.  She currently works for Gift of Life Michigan as the Tissue Recovery Manager.  


Shannon received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Cornell College and her master’s in health administration from Grand Canyon University.

Rebecca Kanak RNC-OB, CPLC, c-EFM

Rebecca Kanak RNC, CPLC is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. She has worked at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in the Labor and Delivery department since 2000. In 2001 she began a journey as the pregnancy loss coordinator for L&D growing it over the past 20 years into a formal regional perinatal palliative care and loss program. For the past 10 years, she has also been the permanent evening shift coordinator.

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Development of a birth tissue donation program
04/21/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
04/21/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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