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Impact Litigation

Placental Possession in Mississippi

In 2016 JAMS founder Jacqui Hammack was contacted by a mother whose request to retain her placenta following delivery was denied by a Jackson-area hospital. The hospital based its denial on a Mississippi Department of Health memo which classified placentas as medical waste, and declared that a placenta could not be released by a hospital without a court order. Jacqui helped the mother obtain a court order, which was the first of its kind in Mississippi. Shortly thereafter, the Mississippi Department of Health changed its policy, and now hospitals may develop their own policies regarding placenta release to the delivering mother, as long as appropriate measures are taken to guard against the spread of infectious diseases.