I'm so sorry I didn't even get to see mine with DD thanks to the docs in the hospital. I just found out this morning that my Doula does placenta prep but I have to find out what that entails as I don't think she encapsulates. I'm a tad squeemish about the idea of eating it fresh but am open to talking to her about it to see what it all entails. I'm not as much worried about PPD but my iron has been rock bottom this entire pregnancy & is non responsive to supplementation so I've really been worried about exhaustion in the weeks after birth if I have much bleeding at all.
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I talked about it again with my midwife this weekend and she said that after I had the first smoothie I would realize how easy it was and wouldn't be squeamish anymore. She asked me to have snack size sandwich baggies on hand so that I each baggie could have two or three chunks that would be easy to grab and use (and not be frozen together in a huge lump). She also said she would save the "tree" side of the placenta for us to plant under a tree like we did the first time.
Wow - I'm impressed with how many are even considering it! Awesome.
I plan to do both - fresh and encapsulation. I never even saw either of my first two placentas. It annoys me now but didn't even register as an issue at the time. I'm hoping a few frozen smoothies will just give me a little extra whatever post partum, energy, milk, smooth out the mental roller coaster. Happily, I don't have to worry about my family knowing or not knowing - I don't think they'd be surprised. My sister was a bit taken aback, but like she said, she's never been through any depression, so she sees how that might impact one's choice.
I had a lot of hormonal issues that kept me from conceiving when I wanted to, had to sort of rebuild from scratch, and that was either caused by or was the cause of really struggling after weaning ds. I hope to freeze the pills and keep them mostly for dealing with all the hormonal fun of weaning this baby, whenever that happens, but I may use them before then if necessary. I need to start calling around for that... Dh would have no problem doing it for me, but it just seems nicer for all involved if someone with experience does it.
Thanks for the recipe link! :)
Still thinking of making a print, too, if possible.
We planted each of the girls' under trees. Dylan has a Magnolia which is now taller than the shed and last night when I counted the bloom buds there were 10 of them about to go off! Ava has a Crepe Myrtle. I don't know what kind of tree this baby will get but we're certainly going to continue the tradition.
My house is wayyyy too small for all of us, though, and we are moving anyway at the end of the summer. The thing I am saddest about leaving behind is the placenta trees. We are just renting the house out for now, not selling, so we haven't lost them entirely but that's probably on the horizon.
For those of you planning to donate your placentas and being told they had more than they could use....
....while stalking the April DDC babies as per Elonwy's suggestion ;), I was reading one of their placenta threads, and a mama on there was donating her placenta to a local police department for use in training their cadaver dogs. I'd never heard of such an option, but she has family members that are police officers. So there might be other donation options, if you were interested in them. Just thought I'd toss that out there...
Found a doula who encapsulates for $250, so we'll see. She also makes a "tree of life" print of the placenta and cord before the encapsulation, which is cool, since I was hoping for that this time. :)
A note for those thinking of consuming some fresh- while it didn't bother me (too much) what I was eating, I think I would have personally had a problem if the process was prolonged, kwim? I really don't think a smoothie was for me because it would have taken awhile to get down and I would be thinking about it the whole time. DH froze 1/2 my placenta in small pill-sized chunks and I would thaw them a few minutes so I wasn't swallowing ice and then just toss it back and chase with water/juice/milk. I just think it was easier to think of it/treat it as a medicine and not a food. I got to a point where I just couldn't do that anymore (fortunately I had finished the frozen chunks after about 1.5w?) and then took the rest encapsulated.
We got a hole dug on the side of our garage for it's final resting place (hopefully.) A bit worried about a dog coming by and digging it up but hopefully that doesn't happen. DH is going to put a cement block over the resting place to hopefully be a discourager. Wish our yard was fenced in.