The placenta is an amazing organ. It’s the only one which is grown specifically to support new life and then leaves your body once its purpose is complete. Your placenta nourishes and protects your baby all through its time in your belly, for some, it feels natural to find ways to honor it or let its power continue even after your baby’s birth.
Gone are the days when the thought of keeping your placenta was frowned upon. Many birthing institutions support and help you save your placenta for personal use. There are many ways to keep the placenta love going even after your birth.
Some mamas go beyond delayed cord clamping and seek to give their new babe even more time attached to the life source that nourished them. A lotus birth involves keeping your baby attached to the placenta until the umbilical cord naturally separates, usually 3-10 days after birth. Often, many mamas will enclose the placenta in a bag with dried herbs to help absorb the natural odor.
Burying Your Placenta
There are many cultures and traditions that value planting their placenta in the ground as a final ritual after the birth of their baby. This may be a simple as burying the placenta in a favorite place or involve planting a tree or garden on top of the area to help nourish the new life.
Mamas that have winter babies, but want to bury their placenta can freeze the organ until the ground has thawed. Once spring arrives, they can hold a special ceremony to honor the amazing placenta.
The placenta is often called the tree of life. The side of the placenta which faces the baby is regularly described as a willow tree; the veins traveling from the umbilical cord branch throughout the placenta.
A stamping of your placenta on a canvas is a great way to remember this powerful organ for years to come. Some mamas prefer to use the remaining blood on the placenta to make the print, but it’s also safe to use a non-toxic paint. These prints are so beautiful, most people don’t even realize it’s a stamping from a placenta!
Ingesting Your Placenta
Many mamas choose to ingest their placenta for the perceived benefits it can supply. Ingesting your placenta may boost milk supply, support postpartum healing and help with postpartum mood and emotions.
Some mamas choose to ingest their placenta raw in smoothies, while others will use small pieces of the placenta in other meals. Another option is to steam and then dehydrate the placenta into small pellets that can be added to smoothies.
Placenta encapsulation is a pretty common practice as of late. You may receive the same benefits as ingesting your placenta, but in a capsule form that is more palatable to many people.
Your placenta is dehydrated, either steamed with healing herbs beforehand or left raw, then ground into a powder which is placed in capsules.
Mamas love this method because it can be added to their regular morning vitamins, but can also be easily taken whenever they feel they need a boost.
So Much More...
There are so many other options available for the powerful placenta! Tinctures are another popular option to be used medicinally. Many mamas love to save the umbilical cord, often dehydrated into a heart or their baby’s initials. Placenta broth is another option for mamas who’ve had their placenta steamed and would like to use every last drop their placenta’s goodness.