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<p>After much soul-searching and debating, I've decided to birth my twins in the hospital.</p>
<p>I'm making peace with the decision, but something is nagging at me today that I hadn't thought of- I really want to keep my placentas. </p>
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<p>DD was born at home and my mw and doula made me the most stunning placenta print and then we planted a new tree over where we buried the placenta. Her placenta print is now among the "I would run back into a burning house to save this" items. </p>
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<p>Nine years later, I still regret that I only glanced at DS's placenta (hospital birth) and the thought of not being able to honor the twins' placentas is just hurting me. </p>
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<p>Is it possible to keep your placenta at a hospital birth?</p>
<p>If you've kept yours, what kind of arrangements did you make and was there any drama? </p>
<p>Has anyone made a placenta print in a hospital (I'm having visions of doing it in secret on the floor :)) ?</p>
 

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<p>I'm in the same boat.  I asked my midwife at my last appt, and her response was, "I will figure it out."  Folks here have recommended bringing a cooler.  I'll let you know when I find out more from my hospital.</p>
 

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<p>My hospital actually offered it to me without being asked. They nicely packaged it and kept it in their fridge until discharge also.  I was very thankful for that. I was a hospital transfer from home and didn't want to make any 'waves' so I had decided just to let it go and not even ask about it. Maybe they thought since I was a transfer I'd want it.</p>
 

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<p>Yes, you can keep your placenta after a hospital birth. You might want to let your birth provider know ahead of time and if you take a hospital tour let them know as well. Some hospitals have no problem with it, and some hospitals will require you to fill out a form or even get a court order.</p>
 

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<p>Ours you could take it home but it was something I made arrangements for ahead of time.</p>
<p>I'd bring a tupperware or something to take it home in, it was just in a basin after the birth and they didn't have "to go" containers.  LOL.</p>
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<p>I'd get something not clear and maybe one of those reusable shopping bags to carry it out in?</p>
<p>I envisioned I'd get pulled over with my holding this placenta on my lap on the way home. </p>
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<p>i even had a hospital c birth and we took ours home to encapsulate.  just make it clear that you want it and put it in your birth plan.  <3  good luck!</p>
 

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<p>We brought a cooler and kept ours.  They said they could keep it in the fridge, but I was worried that it wouldn't be put in soon enough and kept cold or that if someone else was keeping theirs, they might accidentally be switched.  I made some of it into smoothies and planted about 1/2 of it under an apple tree (I didn't have ANY ppd, unlike my three previous postpartums).  We also had to sign a paper that released our "medical waste" to us.</p>
 

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<p>There was just a story in the Austin paper about women needing a court order to take their placenta home, because it's classified as medical waste: <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/local/more-local-moms-taking-placentas-home-1080492.html" target="_blank">http://www.statesman.com/news/local/more-local-moms-taking-placentas-home-1080492.html</a></p>
 

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<p>I often bring home a placenta as a doula. I haven't ever had an issue with it and it isnt' even mine! I usually stick it in the freezer until the family gets home, or encapsulate it. Depends on what they want.</p>
 

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<p>I OFTEN kick myself for not taking my placenta home. My nurse-midwife did show it to me, and that was awesome, but I should have kept it. ARGH. I don't think it would have been a big deal to jsut be like, "Hey, throw that in here, kplzthx."</p>
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<p>~Rose</p>
 

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I often bring home a placenta as a doula. I haven't ever had an issue with it and it isnt' even mine! I usually stick it in the freezer until the family gets home, or encapsulate it. Depends on what they want.</div>
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I am in MN and researching this. Good to know!
 

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Usually it is not a problem if you bring it up ahead of time (I would talk to your care provider and the hospital if possible) and yeah, I would bring a small cooler to keep it in.
 
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