Good news came this week for Oregon moms who wish to use their placentas for postpartum recovery. The Oregon Senate approved a bill allowing mothers to take their baby’s placentas home, despite the state law labeling placentas as medical waste.
“The state Senate unanimously approved the bill Monday, as the House did in March. The bill goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber. The governor’s spokesman Tim Raphael says Kitzhaber anticipates signing the bill, but will review it first.
Under current state law, hospitals are prohibited from releasing hazardous medical waste, which includes human placentas. Oregon hospitals, however, have allowed mothers to take home their placentas for cultural and religious reasons.” (source)
We commend the state of Oregon for allowing this bill to get to the governor’s desk. It looks like Oregon moms have something to celebrate!