Do you allow patients to take home their placentas if desired? more - page 2

I know this has probably been discussed before but I didn't find it when I searched. Do you allow patients to take home their placentas if desired? Do they have to sign anthing in order to do... Read More

  1. by   rnmomtobe2010
    Quote from SteveRN21
    EXACTLY!!!!!
  2. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from Aprilhere
    eww. Am I the only one wondering how clean the rooms in your hospital are though if THAT went unnoticed for "a couple of weeks"?? Do you have housekeeping? How was that missed?
    1) Yes, we have housekeeping.
    2) It was an isolated incident. Heck if I know how it got missed. I wasn't around when it happened.
    3) Our hospital's probably no better or worse than most.
    Probably something similar has happened at many other hospitals. Just my guess.
  3. by   MistyBlue
    We had many families who requested the placenta planning to bury it under a tree. As long as the placenta wasn't needed for pathology we would just put it in a bucket with a lid with the pt name on it. The bucket was then placed in a plastic bag. No paperwork necessary.
  4. by   twinner
    [QUOTE=GrumpyRN63;2549981]
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    Blee O'Myacin[/b];2549713]Jews don't bury placentas or save foreskins or anything of the sort.
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    Blee[/quote
    Ummmm. excuse me, yes we do.:uhoh21: I'm unsure of the foreskin issue,but we certainly do bury placentas and limbs, esp orthodox ,Hassidic ,but I've had a secular(read--) non-religious Jewish relative bury his leg, I personally gave many a placenta to the father of the baby to speed off to bury before sunset

    I must say that I work in a L&D unit that does over 4000 deliveries a year with about 60% of our L&D patients being Hassidic. In my 5 years there I have never, ever had a Hassidic patient ask to take the placenta, nor have I ever heard of such a case. They never ask about the placenta at all it seems.
  5. by   ElvishDNP
    There seems to be quite the debate over whether people of a given faith do or don't take their placentas (placentae??) home. And you know what?

    Everyone is probably right. All of us are so individual and don't fit into neat little boxes. Some Jewish people may not take the placenta home, others may. It's ok either way. I've never seen any of our Jewish families do it, but we don't have many Jewish patients to begin with. And just because I've never seen it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

    You might look at me and think, "Oh, she's ABC religion and has XYZ background, I bet she wants her baby circumcised [or her placenta, or no pork, or no blood products, or no beef, or insert-your-preference-here]." You might be right. Or you might not be.
  6. by   OzMW
    Ours can take em home if they wish! Love the use of the word "allow"!!! Considering it actually belongs to the woman, she can do what ever she wishes with it! Having said that, few do.
  7. by   queenjean
    "Quote:
    Originally Posted by SteveRN21


    EXACTLY!!!!! "

    Awww, the poor placenta! It always gets such a bad rap, and it is such an amazing organ! When I worked at the birth center, we always showed it to the mom and family; explaining the different parts, etc. Many of them initially had the above ewww reaction, which quickly changed upon closer examination. We would position it so they could see where the baby had been, explain what we were looking for when we examined it, and show them the placement of the cord. Most end up commenting on how it looks like a tree, and taking pics of it or taking it home. It went from gross to cool.

    In my childbirth classes, I had a handout on "the amazing placenta" because I honestly feel this is one aspect of childbirth that is so cool, and it just gets tossed in the trash most of the time. At our hospital now, all the docs just toss it in the container after a quick examination of it; they don't even show it to the families. Even if the family requests to keep it, they don't show it to them, they just put it in the container. Poor placenta!
  8. by   beckinben
    :yeahthat:
    Quote from Arwen_U
    There seems to be quite the debate over whether people of a given faith do or don't take their placentas (placentae??) home. And you know what?

    Everyone is probably right. All of us are so individual and don't fit into neat little boxes. Some Jewish people may not take the placenta home, others may. It's ok either way. I've never seen any of our Jewish families do it, but we don't have many Jewish patients to begin with. And just because I've never seen it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

    You might look at me and think, "Oh, she's ABC religion and has XYZ background, I bet she wants her baby circumcised [or her placenta, or no pork, or no blood products, or no beef, or insert-your-preference-here]." You might be right. Or you might not be.
    :yeahthat:

    Most of my Native American women don't take the placenta home. But we do offer it to all of them. We have plain white buckets for them.
  9. by   OzMW
    Quote from queenjean
    "Quote:
    Originally Posted by SteveRN21
    Awww, the poor placenta! It always gets such a bad rap, and it is such an amazing organ! When I worked at the birth center, we always showed it to the mom and family; explaining the different parts, etc. !
    Yep I show all the women I care for too. It is a most amazing organ! Apparently good to eat too, but thats another story!!!!
  10. by   mitchsmom
    Thanks for all the feedback! We need to get with it
  11. by   GrumpyRN63
    It may have been that my experience was with patients whose babies had already died ;usually btwn 19-23 wks gestation, the tradition ( for burying the placenta) may be different than that of a live birth, I don't know...
    Last edit by GrumpyRN63 on Dec 23, '07
  12. by   2bNurseGemini
    some cosemtice companies actually use placentas to use in some make up. a nurse told a friendd who delivered a few weeks ago that some hospitals actually sell placentas to these companies.
  13. by   CEG
    Quote from 2bNurseGemini
    some cosemtice companies actually use placentas to use in some make up. a nurse told a friendd who delivered a few weeks ago that some hospitals actually sell placentas to these companies.
    this used to be the cse years ago but don't think it happens anymore due to biohazard concerns. Ours go in the trash

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