SAN ANTONIO -- It may not be the most popular practice, but more new mothers are choosing to consume their placenta after the birth of a child.
The problem is, some of those moms are running into issues when it comes to local hospitals allowing them to take their placenta out of the hospital.
Texas is only one of three states in the country that has a law written to protect a mother's right to take her placenta out of the hospital.
In fact, it's a new law that was just passed in 2015 and that might be part of the problem, or disconnect with some of the local hospitals.
“Your placenta contains oxytocin and other hormones that are beneficial to you in your postpartum period,” Jasmine Lyerla said.
Lyerla works with Journey to Motherhood. A group that provides a variety of services to expectant moms. One of those services includes placenta encapsulation.
“It’s a very simple process. An encapsulation is just slice and dehydrating and preparing it for the mother inside of capsules,” Lyerla said. “We even have flavored capsules, capsules that are dark colors, capsules that are see through that are tasteless and the mother would take them every day.”
Some moms consume the placenta for religious, or cultural reasons. Others do it for nutritional and hormonal benefits.
However, since Texas passed a law in 2015 that protects a mother’s right to leave a hospital with her placenta, Jasmine said their company has seen a number of San Antonio hospitals give mother’s difficulty about keeping their placenta, or mishandling it to the point where the placenta is unusable.
Journey to Motherhood claims just last week there were three mishaps involving new moms at three separate hospitals.
“This is a Facebook thing, I see women who are asking, ‘I’m planning on delivering at this hospital, but I want to have my placenta encapsulated. Has anyone had an issue here?’ We don’t want mothers changing hospitals, or changing providers just because somebody else spoke up and said, ‘Yes I had an issue there,” Lyerla said.
Journey to Motherhood said hospital staffs are doing their best to try and accommodate new moms, but they believe there’s just not enough education and awareness of the new law.