But here's the thing, if I want it back - I have to pay a fee to the county that I live in (not the county I'm delivering in) for taking a biohazard home. When my OB told me this, I think I laughed. He was unsure of the fee for my county but said it could be up to $150.
I have never heard of a woman having to pay to get her placenta back after having a hospital delivery?
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Christina, loving being a Mama to three and serving as a Co-Leader of the Holistic Moms Network, Tri-City Area, CA Chapter.
My DS was born in a hospital and they released my placenta to me. My midwife said if they gave me any hassle then to just tell them it was for religious reasons. In fact, it wasn't even me that took it home, it was a friend of mine who was at my birth! After I delivered it the CNM let me look it over, then they just plopped it right in the tupperware container my friend brought for it.
Chaotic mama to 5 plus a bonus one on the way.
In fact...maybe approach this from an insurance perspective. Many insurance policies wrap up their maternity coverage in one big lump-sum payment that is supposed to include all the "normal" birth-related stuff. That would include the placenta disposal fee. So you can say that your insurance (or your intended parents' insurance) is already paying for it.
Becky, sahm to 25/04/2000 Chloe 12/04/2002 Cameron 19/02/2004 Caitlin 28/06/2005 24/07/2006 and Caden 14/03/2008
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I didn't ask for clarification because at the time, it wasn't something I cared about really, but I wonder if the funeral home is responsible for the cremation of placentas and possibly other stuff from the hospital.
But $150! Whoa!
M, mom to DS1 (8 yrs), DS2 (5 yrs), and DS3 (2 yrs).
I put in a message to my OB office asking them who I am to speak with regarding my need to get it sooner than 7 days based on my religious views. So I am waiting on the nurse to call me back about that. I'm also going to let them know that I will let them have a piece of it, but I want most of it within 24-48 hours if not sooner.
Ugh. This has me so upset.
I called the Quality Assurance Dept on Thurs and the outgoing msg said I'd receive a return call the following day. Nothing Friday, so I called again before business hours were over and left yet another message - emphasizing that my c-section was Tuesday morning, I needed the placenta asap due to my religious views, etc. etc.
So, my plan is this - I am going to call on Monday and leave another msg. Not sure if they are open on Monday due to the holiday. I'll call again Tuesday morning before I leave for the hosp and leave another message. And once admitted, I'll have the triage nurse send a msg to QA about it. I am going to print a liability release form from the Placenta Benefits web site, and then include on our birth plan that I need the placenta. I will keep on QA via the nurses, if possible, and by calling them myself while in the hospital. I just want the placenta before I am discharged (day four), because after that, I don't trust it for my smoothies or even encapsulation.
Wish me luck, please. I am just ignoring this issue for the weekend, since I've done what I can at the moment.
Mama to my little social butterfly 6/13/09
Mother to a wonderful 4 year old boy born March 2007 who was once and still
Starting once more from the beginning and expecting a surprise someone in September
I don't know what the nurses did or said, but when I was in the OR it was announced that I was getting the placenta. I don't get it until discharge, but nothing is done to it, I've confirmed it this way and that. Apparently two nurses worked the Quality Assurance Dept over and made them give in. So, I get it before it goes bad, nothing is done to it, and I won't have to pay for it.
I'm going to talk to my OB about why this was such a PITA at my 2 wk appt.