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09-04-2011 11:09 AM
parsley

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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.



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

09-02-2011 11:05 PM
MrsKatie

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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.

09-02-2011 09:28 AM
Right of Passage

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.

09-02-2011 05:01 AM
parsley

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.

09-01-2011 05:18 PM
leapdaymama

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.

 

 

08-29-2011 06:31 AM
FrannieM

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!

08-26-2011 10:40 AM
Mrs.aLifeofReilly

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!

08-26-2011 08:13 AM
cleo564

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 . . . . .

08-26-2011 05:15 AM
montanamama1

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.

 

 

08-25-2011 08:12 PM
Rin

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

08-25-2011 08:11 PM
Rin

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 

08-01-2011 06:19 PM
Mrs.aLifeofReilly

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.

08-01-2011 11:15 AM
naturegirl


 

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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.
 

 

07-25-2011 08:12 AM
Mamatolea

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

07-24-2011 09:19 PM
Right of Passage

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.

07-24-2011 12:41 PM
Lovebeingamidwife

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 :/

07-21-2011 02:08 PM
erniebobernie

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

07-21-2011 12:12 PM
Joesmama08

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.

07-21-2011 12:10 PM
Joesmama08

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

07-20-2011 04:32 PM
MrsKatie

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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.

 

07-18-2011 05:34 PM
londongandert

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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!
 

 

07-18-2011 12:06 PM
Adaline'sMama OK, Hildare. I have an update for you.

My friend (who lives about 60 miles away says she will encapsulate my placenta for me!!! Yippee!!! (in excitment. Yippiehippie is not my IRL friend smile.gif )

So, now to figure out if the hospital will let me keep it (if I decide to birth at the hospital) and how to get it away from the hospital before it rots (like last time).

07-18-2011 08:57 AM
Right of Passage

Seriously that's a rockin' DH you have! I'm hoping I can get mine to do some placenta work for me.

I will say I encapsulted about half of the pills last time but I never remember pills so they are still sitting in my freezer. :P

07-18-2011 08:23 AM
yippiehippie

OK, this is how awesome DH is, he did it all for me luxlove.gif, and he hates the site of blood! The MW looked over it with him and I had the instruction site saved on the computer, so he did it the same day. At first he just put it crumbled in smoothies, but I could taste it and it tastes like nasty meat so he encapsulated it. It helped tremendously and I'll definitely do it again:)

I did not try any raw, but will if I have bleeding issues.

07-18-2011 06:36 AM
ozzyemm

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.

07-18-2011 01:44 AM
FrannieM

I admit I am scared to do anything with it.  I am sure it would be no problem to hold onto it here in the NL as we do homebirth... but I don't know what I would do with it... I am not sure I could bring myself to consume it?  I will need to read a bit more about it.

07-17-2011 10:31 PM
Right of Passage

My midwife made my smoothies for me, we won't have that this time but I made some recently for a mama friend.

The placenta sat for a few hours while baby was still attached. I dumped out what juices was with it at that point, rinsed it, used some kitchen sheers and cut it up. She had a huge placenta (and a deliciously plump baby to show for it) but thinking of an average sized placent I'd cut it up in forths, then each forth into small more belndable peices.

So a forth of an average sized placenta, 1 cup of frozen mixed berries, 1/2 cup yogurt(flavored vanilla or berry adds more sweetness), and a 1/2-1cup of orange juice, blend until smooth. We divded hers into disposable cups, she drank half the smoothies the first day, we froze the rest so she could have a smoothie per day, until it was all gone.

07-17-2011 12:11 PM
MrsKatie

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Originally Posted by ozzyemm View Post

 

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.



Wow. That SUCKS.  I really hope you can get around that and have the birth you and your baby deserve!

 

Thanks for all the input, moms.  I'm leaning towards blending some up asap and then taking the rest encapsulated.

07-16-2011 09:49 PM
ozzyemm

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.

07-16-2011 10:43 AM
krjt

MrsKatie, I don't know anything specific about if raw is better than encapsulated, but here are some thoughts:

 

~You can eat the raw immediately, so it gets into your system sooner (It takes a good 12-15 hours, start to finish, to encapsulate, if I remember correctly, and that's assuming there's someone at the ready waiting for the placenta).

~The raw placenta won't stay good for long (like any raw meat), although I suppose you could freeze it in small chunks and use that way.

~I know some women eat a chunk raw and then encapsulate the rest.

~Based on what I know about food in general, I would assume that *some* vitamins/nutrients are lost through either the freezing or cooking & Dehydrating process.

 

Those are my thoughts... anyone else?

 

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