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8 Amazing And Unusual Things To Do With Your … Placenta

By ceridwen |

Yes, it's a teddy bear. Yes, it was a placenta.

The placenta may be a bit gnarly looking– it’s a big, blood-filled, vascular blob. But it’s an impressive organ. It’s sustained your baby for 40 weeks, providing oxygen and nutrients and it’s a fairly literal symbol for the enmeshed connection between mother and baby. For these reasons, and the practical fact that a pungent, blood-filled organ needs to be properly disposed of so as to not attract vultures and the like, many past cultures have had ceremonial rituals for the placenta. In a modern American hospital birth the placenta is placed somewhat unceremoniously into a blue bucket on the floor. At some point it is taken away. This seems to be a fine idea for most people, but some others are interested in paying homage to the mighty organ.

I’ve long been fascinated by the placenta if only because bodily functions and organs tend to inspire both good jokes and a fair amount of awe. So, on that note (reverent, but not entirely serious) here are six cool, crafty, possibly bogus, potentially healing things you can do with yours:

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8 Amazing And Unusual Things To Do With Your ... Placenta

Make placenta art.

This one is from one of my all-time favorite bloggers, the late great CrabMommy. Her own mother made this lovely print. You can look to for specifics on how to make your own "Tree Of Life."


Not sure if you want to use your placenta for art? Here are 9 awesome things you definitely can do after birth!

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Ceridwen Morris is a writer, mother, and certified childbirth educator. She is the author of several books and screenplays, including (Three Rivers; 2007). She serves on the board of The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and teaches at Tribeca Parenting in New York City. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ceridwen's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “8 Amazing And Unusual Things To Do With Your … Placenta

  1. bob says:

    We made the mistake of naming ours. It made it much harder to part with when the time came to eat it.

  2. Ashley says:

    I’m all for recycling placenta, but that bear looks like something out of Silence of the Lambs.

  3. Marie Fontanez says:

    in a way creepy but for a scientific aspect its ok but yes the bear looks like something out of a horror movie silent hill fits!!!!!!! i wouldnt want to keep or eat mine :(

  4. says:

    Oh my!

  5. Daniel Sutton says:

    ahh a NEW ingredient for my chili. Where to order fresh placenta?

  6. Cheyanne Wilson says:

    I didn’t even see mine, they never gave me the option to keep it or throw it away..but I really don’t know what I would do with it.

  7. Alissa says:

    I will be having mine encapsulated and made into a tincture to help myself and baby through hormonally challenging times.

  8. Gramma says:

    This is disgusting. The miracle of birth is the baby, not the placenta. Eating a placenta in modern, industrial nations with modern medicine is not necessary for the mother. This is cannabalism.

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