New law allows women to take home placenta after they give birth



SALEM, Ore — A new Oregon law that takes effect on Wednesday says Oregon mothers are entitled to take their placenta home from the hospital after giving birth.

In some cultures, burying, memorializing or even cooking and eating the placenta is considered helpful to the baby, the mother or both.

Some Oregon hospitals and birth centers already had permitted mothers to take home their placenta, but that was technically against Oregon law.