Why do parents keep the placenta after giving birth?

I work in a hospital as a housekeeper and today I was working in Labor and Delievery, and I opened a huge fridge in the closet. It was full of bio hazard bags clearly labled with names and "Placenta". I asked a nurse who gets rid of them and she said some parents keep them!!! Why?? Is this normal? or is... show more I work in a hospital as a housekeeper and today I was working in Labor and Delievery, and I opened a huge fridge in the closet. It was full of bio hazard bags clearly labled with names and "Placenta". I asked a nurse who gets rid of them and she said some parents keep them!!! Why?? Is this normal? or is Portland Oregon just weird?
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