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Richard Bartolo
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Richard Bartolo

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Hi Fiona,
Although uncommon I have encountered this practice which exists in some cultures. The placenta was given in a sealed and labeled specimen bucket, the ones used by pathology. Some women requested the Lotus birth, were the placenta is left un-severed and allowed to undergo its own physiological, organic clamping process. Similarly the placenta was placed in a bucket and goes home with the baby.

Good luck

Richard Bartolo
Manager Infection Prevention

Western Health
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From: ACIPC Infexion Connexion [mailto:AICALIST@AICALIST.ORG.AU] On Behalf Of Wilson, Fiona L (TIPCU) (DHHS)
Sent: Friday, 26 April 2013 1:48 PM
To: AICALIST@AICALIST.ORG.AU
Subject: [ACIPC_Infexion_Connexion] Policy re placenta.

Hello all.
Do any of you have any policies/procedures regarding the situation were a post partum woman requests that they take home their placenta?

I cannot find reference to this in either the Australian or HICPAC IC Guidelines and I recall that this issue has been raised on the list in the past.
If anyone can assist, I would be most grateful.

Regards

Fiona Wilson I CNC, Infection Control, TIPCU
Population Health I Department of Health and Human Services
Post GPO Box 125 Hobart Tas 7001 | Email tipcu@dhhs.tas.gov.au
Phone (03) 6222 7684 | Fax (03) 6233 0553
A fair and healthy Tasmania

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