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#31 of 41 Old 08-25-2011, 08:11 PM
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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 


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


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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.

 

 

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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 . . . . .


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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!

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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!

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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.

 

 

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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.


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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.


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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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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.



Thanks for sharing your perspective, Right of Passage.  I really appreciate it.


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