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post #21 of 41
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Originally Posted by ozzyemm View Post

When i was preggo with michael. we had a whole thread with recipes.  One was a V-8 blended with placenta.  The other was a strawberry based smoothy. So, anything to disguise the appearance and texture of the placenta.

 

We are working under the radar with a midwife and doula to try to get a vaginal birth in a hospital, so I won't know till afterwards (there is a no VBAC policy in my county and in the THREE counties surrounding mine.


I am sending you all the positive vibes and blessings on your vbac, sister! I had a midwife last who worked in the hospital midwife group. She was amazing and she helped us out doing a few things under the radar! It IS POSSIBE. All the luck in the world!
 

 

post #22 of 41
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Originally Posted by ozzyemm View Post

Frannie, I think the ick factor is why many people choose to encapsulate it.  I too am having a hard time getting over the ick factor, but with my son, I had horrible, undiagnosed PPD, and I truly want to avoid that this time.  Ooh, and I just realized, this baby will be born in the winter, and I normally get depressed in the winter anyway.


This is exactly where I'm at.  I will do anything that can help with PPD.  My first trimester was such a wretched nightmare (I got severely, frighteningly depressed) that I. will. do. ANYTHING. to avoid the like after this baby's born.  I'm prone to depression anyway, too, so I've got that on my mind.

 

I'm vegan also and will be very sensitive to any kind of meaty flavor... but like I said, I'll do anything.  I'm due in November so I'm scared of the long winter ahead of me if I don't do anything to prevent PPD.

 

post #23 of 41

We planted trees over both of our babe's placentas.  It's really special, and the older of the two always points out their trees in the garden.  treehugger.gif

post #24 of 41

Oh, and I will add that we got some VERY odd looks/remarks from family and friends, even my crunchy friends.  It seems normal to us now to honor the placenta in this way, but still a fresh idea to a lot of folks, I think.

post #25 of 41

Mine is still in the freezer 5 years later. redface.gif

post #26 of 41

It smells? I live in a tiny one bedroom apt and would love to do it myself but I've heard of a horrible stench and not sure if I want to deal with that postpartum :/

post #27 of 41

Last time I made placenta smoothie the only scent was a faint earthy smell, once it whirled together with the yogurt juice and berries all I smelled was a fruity smoothie.

post #28 of 41

We(Hubby~LOVE THAT MAN) encapsulated both placentas and it helps SO much! I took one a day and I didn't suffer PPD with either kid. When I was tired, cranky, overwhelmed, moody, I would pop an extra one. We just cleaned it, cut it up into pieces, dehyrated it, crushed it and put it in capsules we bought from the local health food store. Then I stored them in a glass pill bottle from one of my old vitamins.

 

Before we encapsulated, we took pics. They are so lovely <3 A beautiful home for our babies that nourished them and now nourishes us!

 

I also ate some of the second one the first day and it made a HUGE difference as well. This time, I have a vitamix, so things will be MUCH easier! Yeah! We intend to imprint it if possible and then eat a smoothie with some, then encapsulate the rest again.

 

Absolutely worth it <3

post #29 of 41


 

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Originally Posted by Joesmama08 View Post

We planted trees over both of our babe's placentas.  It's really special, and the older of the two always points out their trees in the garden.  treehugger.gif

 

Us too! Unfortunately our second child's tree died after a VERY harsh winter and VERY hot dry summer after planting it. :( We will replant his this fall and the new babies next spring.
 

 

post #30 of 41

Last time around I wanted to do both smoothies and capsules so after the birth my midwife took half of it home with her to encapsulate for me and the other half she cut into 1 inch pieces that we froze for smoothies.  The smoothies were awesome (my DH made them for me every day for 2 weeks) and did not taste like anything strange - mine were placenta, frozen strawberries, orange juice and some sweetener.  After those two weeks I took the capsules for about 6 weeks.

 

This time around I plan to do both again, but we're handling everything ourselves.

post #31 of 41

So, I 'm very intrerested in placenta encapsulation this time around. I casually mentioned it on facebook to some friends, and it started a really interesting conversation.  I ended up turning it into a blog post, and here it is if you're interested in reading it. :)

 

http://owenanderinyoung.blogspot.com/2011/08/placenta-fun.html 

post #32 of 41

I think I'm going to share this thread on FB because you guys have more experience and knowledge thtan I do.....

post #33 of 41

Hey everyone,

 

I'm thinking about consuming in some form. I don't know whether I have someone who can encapsulate so I"ll definitely be looking for that.

 

We planted DD's placenta in the ground underneath a cherry tree. My father passed away when she was just three months old, so we actually mixed in his ashes, as well. Her placenta was frozen until we planted it, which was after he died.

 

I would like to plant this baby's placenta, also -- but am thinking about reserving some of it for a smoothie or capsules. More research is required.

 

 

post #34 of 41

I had a very quick and easy recovery with DS and didn't have any PPD, but I'm more and more curious about encapsulating the placenta this time around just in case (I hear that PPD can be stronger with successive pregnancies?). There was an article in my local paper about a woman who does it here for around $200 so I wouldn't have to do it myself. Hmmmm . . . . .

post #35 of 41

I do encapsulation for other moms, because it should ideally be done in the first couple days and not everyone will feel up to doing it themselves or have a friend/family member willing to help.

 

BUT for those who think they would like to try it themselves I wrote up a comprehensive guide that you can download as a pdf.  Just know there are photographs :)

http://birthshare.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/free-placenta-encapsulation-guide/

 

If you do end up using it, please let me know how it worked out for you!

post #36 of 41

I think I have decided to not doing anything with my placenta.  I want to see it, admire it, and I will appreciate the work that it has done for my family... but I do not feel an urge to consume it, and I don't have a garden to plant it in...   (I do love the tree planting idea).   

 

I feel good about this, but I love hearing all your plans! 

And who knows, maybe with Baby #2 I will do something different!

post #37 of 41

There was an interesting article about placentas in NY Magazine recently (http://nymag.com/news/features/placenta-2011-8/). Our plan is to plant a beautiful flowering tree over the placenta in my family's garden. I can understand why people eat them since pretty much every mammal does this for the nutrition, but it just doesn't appeal to me though I love the idea of honoring it in some way.

 

 

post #38 of 41

I like the idea of planting it under a tree... but I can't really figure out what to do with it until the ground thaws and it's hard to imagine having the time for serious gardening next Spring! 

 

With consumption, I don't know.  I'm having a vegetarian issue.  I've been a vegetarian for 20 years and I just can't get my head around the idea of consuming any sort of flesh.  I know that it's not at all the same as eating animal flesh as there is no violence or cruelty done... in fact, it seems to me that the ethical thing would be to consume it (or at least plant it) but I just can't imagine knowingly consuming flesh... even my own.  Over the past 20 years I've gotten to a place where animal flesh does not seem like food.  I'm someone who is never tempted to eat meat under any circumstances... it's not hard to be a vegetarian for me, and it never was.  Somehow, eating the placenta (in smoothies or encapsulated) just doesn't seem vegetarian.  At the same time, I hate to see it go to waste.

 

I really don't mean for this to sound judging to non-vegetarians or vegetarians who have a different interpretation... just trying to work through my own emotional ambivalence.

post #39 of 41

I've been vegetarian for 10 years the way I see it: this organ's purpose was to give life. I feel I honor myself, my baby, and my pregnancy by allowing the placenta to complete it's life cycle and return to my body as a means of nourishing and refueling my body's systems and thus again my baby's body. The flesh of an animal comes from death, the flesh of a placenta comes from life and that is profound.

post #40 of 41
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Originally Posted by Right of Passage View Post

I've been vegetarian for 10 years the way I see it: this organ's purpose was to give life. I feel I honor myself, my baby, and my pregnancy by allowing the placenta to complete it's life cycle and return to my body as a means of nourishing and refueling my body's systems and thus again my baby's body. The flesh of an animal comes from death, the flesh of a placenta comes from life and that is profound.



Wow. Beautifully said.

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