So, just yesterday I was reading through some posts on here and learned what placenta encapsulation is. While it's not something that I'm interested in, it got me thinking of what I'm going to do with mine. I'm birthing at home, so I guess it will be my responsibility to deal with it. I thought about planting it under a tree, but we're renters and I'm not sure that I want to leave a part of me and my baby here when I move. I know that probably sounds totally weird. I asked DF yesterday what he thinks we should do with the placenta and he said, "oh, yeah, hippie homebirth..." (which I actually thought was funny - he's actually totally excited about having a home birth). His first child from his ex was born at the hospital and the hospital took care of it. Neither of them was interested in taking it home or anything like that. He doesn't want it in our freezer, and neither do I. If nothing else, our freezer is too small and it doesn't actually freeze things very solidly. He doesn't want to consume it in any form and neither do I really. Interestingly enough, when I was 3, my little sister was born at home and my dad actually cooked the placenta, I think with onions and spices and stuff and everyone at the birth shared it. I remember having a bite and I remember knowing what it was. I think I thought it just tasted like liver. Anyway, like I said, I don't want to consume it, or bury it or freeze it or just throw it away. I know it seems like an odd thing to be worried about at this time, but I guess it's something I'll have to deal with soon enough. What have you other HB moms done? What are you planning to do? I'm interested in hearing everyone's thoughts.
My DH calls mine planning a "hippie homebirth" too... but he means it, yet he is "on board" with it, haha. We plan to bury it even though we plan to sell this house in 2 years. One of the things that I've seen people do, and one of the midwives I interviewed actually does it for you if you want is they dry it out then they dip it in paint, and press it so that it looks like a Tree of Life and you can hang the art piece up, etc. That's what we probably would do if we weren't going to plant it.
I wonder what the hospital does with them? Any chance your midwife would do whatever they would do, and just dispose of it for you?
This is a really great question and something I have not thought about...
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We have both DD’s (almost 13mo) and DS (born June 2007) in the freezer. We plan to bury it under a tree, but then what if the tree died? And then we forgot about them. Periodically when digging through the bottom of the freezer for dinner, a zip-lock gets pulled out and we try to figure out what it is, then we both laugh, and put it back in. We have an apple tree planted for DS, but if we ever move, then everything of his would be lost… tough call. I should move on from that.
Reminds me of a story from my MSc Advisor who had a dead guinea pig in his freezer for 20 years! It died in the winter and the ground was too frozen to bury it. So he put it in the freezer until the ground thawed… except that he forgot. I hate to think what else was in his deep freeze (or ours now, for that matter)!
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i like the house plant idea. maybe you could dry it out, crumble it up and plant it in a houseplant. or is there somewhere else you could plant it, somewhere special or at your parents house?
I will be asking my midwife to take care of it for me- I have very little interest in keeping it around once it has served its purpose. As for freezing it- we're in hurricane country here and it's not a matter of IF we'll lose power sometime this season, but WHEN (when hurricane ike hit we were without power for 9 days and lost the contents of fridge and freezer). I can't imagine worrying about a placenta thawing in an un-air-conditioned house. As for planting it- we don't plan on being here forever, and we have a dog who loves to dig.
I just see too many gross outcomes of keeping it
We're also renters and our plan was to dry it & powder it, and then sprinkle it in the rose garden & tulip garden in Golden Gate Park. That way, we're giving it back to the universe, using it to nourish the earth, and it's always going to be in a place that's special to us that will never be bulldozed or sub-developed. Alas, both times the hospital confiscated it.
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We still have DS' in the freezer downstairs. I was going to plant it but never got around and now we will probably be moving soon. I like the idea of having it dreied so I can take it with me to plant or sprinkle later. This time I had it encapsulated. I wish I had done that the first time since it really makes a difference pp.
I remember asking my doctor what hospitals do with placentas...and he told me they sold them for medical purposes. It's been decades since then so I can't recall what purposes those were....
I think your midwife can give you options on how to dispose of it if it has no sentimental value for you.
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