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So, I don't mean to be crude...but...<br><br>
I'm not interested in eating my placenta. We live in a rental, so I can't bury my placenta. Can I just throw it in the trash?
 

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I second that question! I'm not at all sure I can manage to sautee it with onions, appetizing as that sounds... *cringe*... I'm a vegan and have trouble imagining eating <i>any</i> fleshy sorts of things, regardless of whether they come from my body or someone else's! So what <i>does</i> one do with a placenta, anyway???<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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Have you thought about freeze drying into caplets? Its consuming, but in a different form. You could still bury it at a rental, especially since you sound less than attached, it's great fertilizer for the earth. I would think you could triple bag it and put it in the trash and no one would be none the wiser..
 

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I'm not a placenta eater myself (too red, too meaty!) and had no real permanent burial spot. I kept my placenta in the freezer until I decided to bury out in the wild. There's no reason why you can't take it somewhere out in nature, dig a hole, and bury it. I personally think a placenta deserves better than to just be chucked in the trash, but I suppose that always is an option.
 

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My MW told me about some program where you can donate your placenta....somehow it is used to help search and rescue animals. It sounded kind of gross to me, but I suppose people must be doing it since she mentioned it. I think some MW's also use the placenta for teaching purposes...
 

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We rent, and I found these great, large plastic pots for cheap at Lowe's, and I'm going to buy some sort of tree, or plant, so that I can take it with me untill we are in a perm. house of some sort. My midwife would have taken it for us, back to the birth center though if we didn't want to keep it.
 

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We asked our MW about our options as well. I know I won't be eating my placenta (I don't even eat steak, so I can't imagine eating placenta), but we weren't sure what to do with it. We thought of burying it in our yard, but we're not in a 'forever' house, and I'd want to bury it somewhere that was permanent for us. We may give it to my mom to plant in her yard. Alternately, my MW told us she will dispose of it for us...and it just goes into a ziploc bag and in the dumpster.
 

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Mine's still in the freezer until I decide. I'll probably plant it. I just feel kind of bad having a special tree and planting it for DD2 but having nothing for DD1. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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My MW was just going to throw it out if we didn't want it...I definatly could not cosume for the same above reasons so we stashed it in the freezer until our girl was about 3 months and I bought a beautiful palm tree that was planted on top.....I couldn't imagine just trashing it in the regular trash and off to the local dump it would have went....I think the "medical field" would prob say bio-hazard etc etc
 

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I was reading somewhere in a birth story about someone burying her placenta from baby #3 and planting a tree on top in honor of all 3 of her children. You could even make a special "honoring the children" ritual of it. Just because it's one baby's placenta doesn't mean you can't plant the tree for both of them... right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/treehugger.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Treehugger">:
 

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I just happened upon this news article, thought it might be relevant re: placenta as medical waste<br><br><a href="http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D96K478O0&show_article=1" target="_blank">http://www.breitbart.com/article.php...show_article=1</a>
 

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We planted dd's placenta at dh's parents house, since we know they won't be moving anytime soon. Would either parents house be an option, or another relative? I initially thought they would freak and think we were weird, but they were totally fine with it. I will be encapsulating my next placenta, cannot fathom actually cooking it and chewing it.
 

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We were in the same position with #2 -- in a rental, no freezer space, and we forgot to ask the midwife to take it for proper disposal. So, we put it in the garbage bag with the birth pool that had gotten so gunky my husband couldn't stand it (I was planning to use it as the kiddie pool next summer lol) so he deflated it and threw it out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
I still have #3s placenta in my freezer. She's two. I was planning to plant it but we never got around to it the first summer... or the second... we'll try again this one. lol
 

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Just don't flush it.<br><br><a href="http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2009/02/27/placentas_at_sewer_plant_concern_health_officials" target="_blank">http://www.news-gazette.com/news/loc...alth_officials</a>
 

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Thanks for the comments!<br><br>
We can't freeze it (rental fridges typically don't have much space--and ours definitely doesn't have room for it)!<br><br>
I appreciate the help!
 

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I didn't want to eat it, puree it, smoke it, encapsulate it, dehydrate it, freeze it, plant it, snort it, lick it, or paint with it. No offense to anyone who did those things, it just wasn't for me. I know it's practically sacrilege, but I double bagged it and threw it out with the trash. (Well, DH did. I was probably nursing)
 

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thats what i was going to say...put it in a large potted plant
 

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Here in Canada, I know it's illegal to throw it out with regular garbage, but my MW said it with a wink, as in "how will they know?"... but don't put it out early, in case animals come by, lol, and um, gross.<br><br>
We didn't know what to do with DS's. The plan is to bury it sometime/somewhere, but for now it's in the freezer<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold">:
 
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