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post #21 of 80
I'm thinking that this time I will eat the placenta. I was set on a lotus birth but I really haven't felt well this pregnancy and suspect I will need all the help I can get. I won't be in any hurry to cut or anything but then I will make a smoothie( probably a modified version of the strawberry one posted in resources) to eat over the next few days. I want it raw to preserve as many nutrients as possable.
Teri
post #22 of 80
A woman I met at my Suds class ate her infant's placenta over the course of three days. She did it like the mom who made a smoothie in the blender. She also saved a small piece, dried it, and burned it with some sort of sweetgrass at the baby's first birthday.

Here's a wee concern:

I thought there might be some danger in eating placenta. Doesn't the placenta trap toxins that the mother might accidentally ingest or breathe? Isn't it like a pseudo liver?
post #23 of 80
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Originally Posted by Manena View Post
Here's a wee concern:

I thought there might be some danger in eating placenta. Doesn't the placenta trap toxins that the mother might accidentally ingest or breathe? Isn't it like a pseudo liver?
Nope. It's just an interface of blood vessles (just- as if it isn't incredible).
post #24 of 80
my baby had a lotus birth. she is one week old today. her little cord (it was only 1 foot long) is still attached. She was slow to be born (2 weeks 6 days "past due") and is being a little slow about detataching from the placenta. i don't mind. i am glad she is content. i love lotus birth and would do it again. even though this past week of dodging the placenta and cord has not always been easy, it has kept us all closer to (and mostly in) the bed which was really important to me. We have her hands covered with gloves (socks) a lot cause her nails are so sharp but when we uncover her hands she plays with her cord; it is so cute.
post #25 of 80
i remember reading a book in high school about the Inuit people it was set in the early to mid 1900's and the family who was the main topic of the book did eat the placenta. The book was supposedly a non-fiction and I wish I could remember the name. Anyways the mother eats the placenta after she gives birth cause she figures if the polar bears and seals do it than that must be what she should do!

I think I would go with a lotus birth but not eat the placenta-purely a personal decision I know but I am a bit squeamish and don't think I could stomach it.: To each his own I suppose.
post #26 of 80
To pp, TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine..

We are also planning on preparing the TCM capsules from the placenta, and I'll ingest them over our 40 day/night babymoon. I'll also save some of the original ashes and make a homeopathic remedy from the placenta for my daughter- in case she (or her children) ever need this medicine throughout life. We are also planning on leaving the placenta attached for several hours- whatever feels right- and having a short ceremony at it's seperation. An elder will "read" the placenta, and we will also oil and dry the veil (or the baby's sac) to save.

Wow... we really planned this out!
post #27 of 80
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Originally Posted by Malila View Post
From what I've heard, the placenta is an excellent source of nourishment for the postpartum, nursing mother. It also seems to me that it is natural... at least for some species (deer). Does anyone know of documented placenta-eating among primitive peoples? And, eating it can help clue the body in to stop bleeding, if you are hemorraging.
I don't know of any documented cases...BUT a friend of mine and dh who passed away while I was preggers ate hers...she was going to cook ours for us to eat(the thought of doing it raw freaked me out..im a scaredycat)....but since she passed away I felt I had no support(even though dh was ALL for it)

We also didnt get to do Lotus or anything...ds had cord wrapped around neck 3 times and midwife had to cut it. I was VERY disapointed cause I wanted to leave cord on ds and have dh cut it after awhile. He was less disapointed then me..Funny!!
post #28 of 80
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We have her hands covered with gloves (socks) a lot cause her nails are so sharp but when we uncover her hands she plays with her cord; it is so cute.
THATS SOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!
post #29 of 80
Refer to Successful UC of GIRL UPDATE CORD SEPARATION for an update of what happened with her placenta and cord today. I love lotus birth. we are getting ready to plant her placenta in a hour or so.
post #30 of 80
I had my placenta made into capsules. I took some of them immediately pp and then put the rest in the fridge to save for...whenever? We recently moved to another city and were running out of time with packing and cleaning and everything. My mom offered to clean the rest of the house for us so we could hit the road. We went happily on our way to our new town and it was about four days later that I had the omigod, my placenta! moment. I called my mom frantically and asked her about the little jar at the back of the fridge. She had thrown it away, not knowing what it was. I have had such an intense grief over this loss. I feel guilty for forgetting to bring it with us. Like I left behind a part of not just me and not just my daughter but both of us, my pregnancy, my beautiful birth. I just can't believe it's gone. Anyway, I just happened to see this thread and thought you all would understand my grief. Not many people do.

Rose
mama to Clara 7/26/05
post #31 of 80
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Originally Posted by reducereuserecycle View Post
and is being a little slow about detataching from the placenta. i don't mind. i am glad she is content. i love lotus birth and would do it again. even though this past week of dodging the placenta and cord has not always been easy, it has kept us all closer to (and mostly in) the bed which was really important to me.
Holy moly! Is the placenta wrapped in saran wrap? Do you wash it along with the baby?

I can't imagine anyone wanting to keep their precious, sweet smelling baby attached to a decomposing organ for a week.

I could not eat placenta meat. I can't get a piece of liver to cross my mouth or any kind of organ meat. If I was forced to eat a placenta, I would have to cook the living bejesus out of it and smother it with ketchup.
post #32 of 80
Well one could say they can't imagine anyone wanting to cut the cord prematurely, potentially causing pain to the infant and depriving them of all the extra nutrients and oxygen contained in the placenta. It really isn't that disgusting, and no, you don't wrap it in saran wrap. Many people make a special placenta bag out of cloth, and they sprinkle lavendar and other oils on the placenta so that it smells good. The cord is often wrapped in most paper towels. If it was that gross and that much of a hassel, people probably wouldn't do it.

Most people don't just eat the placenta meat. They often make it into capsules to be swalloed, grind small parts of it up to make a smoothie mixed with enough stuff that you barely taste the placenta, cook it in a special way so it actually tastes good, soak it in water and then use the water in a sort of tea or elixir to be used for curing problems.

You seem to have some preconceived notions about lotus birth and placenta-eating that are absolutely incorrect, and it seems like this may be the first time you've encountered the ideas. There are some fantastic ideas out there for what to do with the placenta, recipes for it, and some great information about the benefits of lotus birth. I hope you will read about it before forming your permanent opinion about these concepts.
post #33 of 80
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I have had such an intense grief over this loss. I feel guilty for forgetting to bring it with us. Like I left behind a part of not just me and not just my daughter but both of us, my pregnancy, my beautiful birth. I just can't believe it's gone. Anyway, I just happened to see this thread and thought you all would understand my grief. Not many people do.

Rose
mama to Clara 7/26/05
- You have a right to grieve your loss. Many of us here do understand. And we appreciate your sharing of your feelings so that others who may not have the courage to post may feel that they are not alone as well.
post #34 of 80
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post #35 of 80
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I cant imagine anyone wanting to keep their precioussweet smelling baby attached to a decomposing organ for a week
having a lotus birth was one of the most precious things about my dd's birth. i don't have time to go into all the details because i am tending to baby, but i must say it is so wonderful to have lotus birth. her placenta did start to stink so we treated it with salt and oil; it wasn't a big deal. it was perfect. we buried it on the beautiful spring day that it fell off and now it is in her own little flower garden.
post #36 of 80
I have been thinking about this topic quite a bit - I like the idea of lotus birth, but I think I am more likely to leave it joined for just an hour or so, and then I am hoping to make a bottle of placenta 'essence' to save for whenever I might need it.
post #37 of 80
I just like the word "lotus" - bring beautiful images to my mind.

We haven't decided on what we will do with the placenta. With my son, I had planned on eating a bit of it and it's what I ended up doing. cut off and small chunk and blended it with some soy milk, strawberries and a banana. I couldn't taste anything.

With this pregnancy I've been thinking more about lotus birth and I have no idea why. It may have to do with the baby just letting me know what she/he wants me to do. I'm just going with it!

Question: Would it be wise to make the capsules after a lotus birth or is it best made when the placenta is still "fresh"?
post #38 of 80
Personally I would only consume fresh placenta or products made from fresh placenta.
post #39 of 80
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Cannibalism? Haha. I don't know, but it just made me think that the authorities probably might freak out about eating placentas...
I just wanted to add, when my mother gave birth to my baby sister in 1993, the mama in the bed next to her's had her whole family come to prepare and eat the placenta. I remember at age 9 I was amazed at this, and I watched the whole thing. It was right there in the middle of the Minneapolis, MN hospital. No freaking out athorities here. P.S. it smelled soooooooo good. They made a soup type of thing.
post #40 of 80
TCM is Traditional Chinese Medicine.
We left the placenta attached and kept it in a special wrap and bag, wrapped up with baby. We also salted it to preserve it, I'd recommend not too much salt as I agree that the newborn does have extreme sensitivity- My partner salted it and went a bit over the top- ds screamed very loudly. We took some of the salt off and he stopped. He pulled at the cord on day four and the placenta and cord came off itself. There are two methods of ingesting the placenta that i know about. TCM method is to dry to placenta and cord out and to ground some of it up as a powder and take it in H2o or possibly as a tea. The other method I know of is to make a tincture out of it. By cutting off some pieces after it has dried out or frozen and add them to a bottle of brandy and let it infuse over a few days/weeks. The contents then can be diluted down to make it go further. Great for if baby or mother has any illness and to boost the immune system.
I never knew about eating it raw to stop bleeding- Have been a vego for 7-8 years. It would have been hard to stomach but would have done it over taking any medications to stop bleeding.
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