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Rankin County mother gives birth and eats her placenta after fighting to keep it

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Temporary changes have been made to The Mississippi State Department of Health's policy regarding placentas. This is after a Rankin County mother and her attorney won a court fight to keep the special organ after birth.

New Mom Jordan Theiring is now eating her placenta at home. Her fight has paved the way for other new mothers in the state to do the same if they so desire. For some it’s considered an unconventional vitamin for new moms, placenta pills.

“My husband and I both were kind of curious," said Theiring. "We smelled it, we opened one of them up and we were kind of messing with it. There is really nothing weird about it.”

Theiring got her placenta encapsulated after giving birth to her baby boy, so she can eat it.  The organ is inside the womb and feeds the baby through pregnancy.

“They don't have a taste, it is just powder in the capsule,” Theiring added.

Theiring keeps the jar of capsules in her freezer. While there is no scientific evidence to prove eating a placenta is beneficial. This mom says taking one pill a day gives her a boost.

“No sign of the baby blues or postpartum depression, none of that. I feel really good,” said Theiring

Her Attorney Jacqueline Hammack said since our story aired last month about Theiring's having to get a court order to keep her placenta, the state has temporarily loosened its stipulations...

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

According to Attorney Hammack, letters are also going out to hospitals in hopes of them developing a fair policy across the board.

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