Mothers do not need an Undertaker for their Afterbirth!
  • Petitioned NYU Medical Center

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NYU Medical Center

Mothers do not need an Undertaker for their Afterbirth!

    1. Lisa Fortin
    2. Petition by

      Lisa Fortin

      New York, NY

September 2012


From petition creator Lisa Fortin: "NYU now has a release form that allows mothers to bring home their placenta if desired."

Women who give birth at NYU Langone Medical Center and wish to keep their placentas have been forced to track down a licensed funeral director to rescue the fruit of their labor from the hospital morgue. Many women are choosing NYU because of their progressive Baby Friendly status; let's help mothers bond with their newborns and spend those early hours breastfeeding - not making phone calls and paying for an unnecessary service. Remind NYU that New York State allows hospitals to release healthy placentas that are wanted for religious or cultural purposes.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Elizabeth Brierre NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I want to bring my placenta home!

    • Carina Laskaris BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      It is unbelievable that a woman cannot freely have her own placenta should she want it. This is just one of the reasons I gave birth at a free stanging birthcenter. Please let other mothers have the choice.

    • Dawn A Cruz-Bengtsson NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Women should always have a choice in what to do with their placentas since it was a part of their body and a vital part of their babies growth with out going through any obstacles and barriers. Be it for emotional, religious or cultural reason. Our body our choice.

    • Katie Ireland MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      As a labor nurse in a hospital that allows families to take home their placentas if they sign a release, I have never see or heard of a problem with this. Funeral Home attendants have much better things to be doing with their time, as do brand new mothers. This is silly ; find a compromise.

    • Sarah LaGrand GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      This is yet another example of the unnecessary medicalization of birth and institutional policies that remove control and power from women. Regardless of whether that was or wasn't the intention of this particular policy and those who wrote it really doesn't matter at this point. The fact is that women who chose to take their placentas home with them should be allowed to do this without all the nonsense and inconvenience that this ludicrous policy is requiring. Many hospitals have a simple form that parents can sign right then and there in the room and voila...the placenta is released, no big deal.


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