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Keeping My Placenta

OK, here's the scenario again. I want to keep my placenta. My hospital is saying they won't give it to me when I leave. What are my legal rights? Last time I asked, everyone had an opinion about what I would DO with it (I.E. eating it, freezing it, burying, ect.) and how gross it was to keep it, as opposed to whether or not I CAN keep it. If someone knows anything about my LEGAL RIGHTS to keeping it, please answer.

 
Gothiclovesick

Asked by Gothiclovesick at 11:29 PM on Jul. 11, 2009 in Pregnancy

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Answers (11)
  • The only article that I can find that might be even remotely helpful is a 2006 one that says it is now legal to keep your placenta in Hawaii


    http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm?aid=2841 Sorry, I couldn't find anything else.


    Good Luck to you!!

    VeronicaLee

    Answer by VeronicaLee at 11:53 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • THAT'S NASTY!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:30 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • I wish I knew the answer for you... regardless of what you want to do with it (though I think planting it with a tree is cool!) it is YOURS and you should be able to keep it! I bet there are some whacked out "laws/rules" that the hospital will make up about it being a "biohazard" or something stupid.

    VeronicaLee

    Answer by VeronicaLee at 11:32 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • I'm doing a google search... first listing is YOURS! LOL!! I'm still looking just because I think this is interesting!!


    I will let you know if I find anything useful.

    VeronicaLee

    Answer by VeronicaLee at 11:34 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Anonymous, are you done? Didn't I just ask people to be objective?
    Gothiclovesick

    Answer by Gothiclovesick at 11:35 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • just found pictures of the sandwich and pasta http://www.momlogic.com/2009/04/i_ate_the_placenta.php

    Blah! That looks nasty!

    Still looking for legal stuff....
    VeronicaLee

    Answer by VeronicaLee at 11:38 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • LOL, a sandwich? That's is a little bit nasty. At least cook it.
    Gothiclovesick

    Answer by Gothiclovesick at 11:41 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • try this: http://www.justanswer.com/law/lawyer?r=ppc|ga|1|Law|Lawyer&JPKW=ask%20a%20lawyer&JPDC=S&JPST=&JPAD=2325215793&JPAF=txt&JPCD=20090601-1&JPRC=1&JPOP=AccountWideOmar&gclid=CIq7haufz5sCFQxDxwodXUKeTA

    I was going to ask the question myself and give you the lawyer's answer, but they want to send it to my email address.
    VeronicaLee

    Answer by VeronicaLee at 11:42 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • I'm not trying to be rude, just curious, but why do you want to keep it? I never even thought of it before. I am interested to know the legal answer!
    khedy

    Answer by khedy at 11:50 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • From what I have found it looks like when you have a hospital birth it is entirely up to the hospital what happens with the placenta. You could ask what would happen if you chose to do a Lotus Birth(keeping baby attached to the placenta until the whole thing falls off) and just cutting the cord when you get home.

    Philsgirl21

    Answer by Philsgirl21 at 11:51 PM on Jul. 11, 2009