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Do they throw away placenta?

Though not nearly as exciting as your newborn baby, your placenta is a pretty spectacular thing. The organ provides nourishment and oxygen to your growing child for 40 weeks. Placentas were once routinely disposed of by hospitals, but nowadays more parents are keeping the placenta after birth—perhaps with good reason.

Will the hospital give you your placenta?

“The hospital requires new moms to get a court order to take the placenta from the hospital because it’s considered transporting a organ.” Even though placenta eating is on the rise, it’s still not a common request, so you may find that you get some pushback from hospital staff when you make your request.

What does the hospital do with the placenta?

Unless donated, the placenta, umbilical cord, and stem cells they contain are discarded as medical waste.

Can I request to keep my placenta?

If you do not want your placenta after taking it home you must bring it back to your doctor or midwife. They will throw it out properly. If you would like to take your placenta home you must ask your doctor or midwife and they will talk with you about the risks of taking your placenta home.

How much does it cost to keep your placenta?

Prices vary widely. You can expect to pay anywhere from $125 to $425 to have a company or doula encapsulate your placenta. If you choose to go the DIY route, you’ll only have to cover the cost of some basic equipment (like a dehydrator, rubber gloves, capsules, a capsule machine and a jar for storing the pills).

How long do placenta pills last?

How long do the capsules last? On average, placenta capsules have a 2 years shelf life if stored properly. After the initial postnatal period, any leftover capsules can be transferred to a ziplock bag, and stored in the freezer to use as needed.

How long can you freeze your placenta?

The placenta can then be stored in the refrigerator as soon as possible. Though working with a fresh placenta is best, if needed your placenta can be stored in the freezer for up to 5 days before it is processed.

Should I freeze my placenta?

Encapsulation should ideally occur within 1-3 days, but if that is not possible, place the placenta in the freezer. The placenta should not remain in the fridge for more than 3-4 days.

Do hospitals encapsulate placenta?

Some area hospitals have a policy of sending placentas to pathology automatically, and keeping them for 7-15 days. We cannot pick up your placenta for you, but can meet a family member at your home and certainly begin the process of encapsulation even if mom and baby are still in the hospital.

How long do you steam a placenta?

20 minutes