Mother wins court battle to keep her placenta

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WFLA) – A Mississippi mother and her attorney won a legal battle that will allow her to keep her own placenta.

WLBT reports, Jordan Theiring is home with her baby taking her placenta in the form of pills.

“My husband and I both were kind of curious, ” she told WLBT. “We smelled it, we opened one of them up, and we were kind of messing with it, and there is really nothing weird about it.”

This is a new unconventional supplement for new moms. Theiring claims the placenta pills give her a daily boost.

“Um, no sign of the baby blues or any sort of postpartum depression, you know, none of that. I feel really good,” she said.

The placenta is the organ inside the womb that feeds the fetus during pregnancy. After giving birth, Theiring got her placenta encapsulated. She now keeps it in a jar in her freezer.

“They don’t have a taste,” Theiring said. “They’re just, it’s just powder.”

Theiring’s attorney had to get a court order to keep the woman’s own placenta. Since then the state has temporarily loosened its stipulation, according to WLBT.

“The Mississippi State Department of Health changed their policy so that the placentas are no longer classified as medical waste,” Theiring’s attorney Jacqueline Hammack said. “This frees up all hospitals around the state to develop their own internal policies regarding release of placentas to the delivering mother. They just have to make sure there are protections in place, that no blood-borne illnesses or diseases are going to be spread.”

Hammack said the letters are going out to hospitals in hopes of developing a fair placenta policy across the board.

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