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I am delivering my surro son at a hospital in Portland. I asked about getting the placenta back as I want to use it to make smoothies. The OB checked and said there'd be no issue. They hold it for a week, which I expected, but it's mine after that.. for up to $150. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> He said each county has a fee for taking a biohazard home and that when I went to get mine, I have to pay the fee for the county I live in (not the county I'm delivering in).<br><br>
If anyone has dealt with this, was there any way to NOT pay the fee but get the placenta back? I doubt it. But if anyone has paid for it, how much did you pay? I'm especially interested if you live(d) in Multnomah Co, as that's where I live. I have no idea who to call to ask about the fee. I figured I'd just sign the form for the placenta, and then when it's been a week, call them and ask how much it is. I'll pay $150 but I'd rather not.. of course.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">
 

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I'm sorry but that is ridiculous! That makes me upset that a hospital is going to keep your placenta for a week and then make you pay $150 to get it back! It's your property! Rrrgghh.. Is this the norm for hospitals now, or is it the county health office rule? May I ask which hospital it is, I live in Multnomah County and work at OHSU.<br><br>
Good luck mama.
 

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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>The Question is: What do they DO with it for a week?! I'm probably ignorant about these things, but would it be safe to consume after they do whatever they do to it? Will they keep it refrigerated, add anything to it for "testing" purposes, etc.? Why can't you just take it home with you right after your delivery?<br><br><i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pardon my ignorance, please.</span></i> I'm just wondering, as I've never even thought about what happens to it after the birth.</span></span>
 

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No, after seven days of it just being in a fridge, it'd have gone bad. That is the other point that is upsetting to me. The OB insisted it'd still be good, but the only way I see that as possible is if they add something to the placenta to preserve it (yuck).<br><br>
emaye - This is Providence St V's on Barnes. This issue alone could make me switch to OHSU though. And I live in Multnomah Co as well.<br><br>
Apparently it seems my OB may be misinformed. I am waiting on a placenta encapsulation specialist (Wendy Gordon) to look into this further. But as she herself told me, she's had no issues in getting placentas from St V's or her clients (moms) haven't. I am going to call the pathology dept to get them to clarify, and I may even call the charge nurse on the L&D ward to see what they say. My c-section is next Tuesday, so i don't have very many business days to get this figured out. :/
 
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