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What do ya'll plan on doing with your placenta after birth?<br><br>
we want to grow a tree with ours.<br><br>
We are planning a hb and after the placenta is delivered I think we are going to freeze it until the following winter as July is not the ideal time to plant a tree. Then we want to plant some sort of fruit tree on top of it, maybe a fig tree. That way as the baby grows, so does the tree and we decided on the fruit tree because it bears fruit and kiddo can have a reciprocal relationship with it. Baby's life giving nourishment now nourishing the growth of the tree, etc...<br><br>
So, what will you do with yours?
 

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I don't know... we still need to decide what to do with dd's placenta since it's still in our freezer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
love and peace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Encapsulation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm right there with you trmpetplaya- I have a two year old placenta in the freezer. I'm hoping we can plant the two of them together....somewhere.
 

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same here<br>
well first two dime sized pieces under the tongue then down the gullet, and then encapsulation.<br>
i NEED those hormones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We are planning on freezing it and then planting it under a new tree. We are going to plant the tree and the placenta on my family's farm as we know we won't be in this house forever. My family farm is on it's third generation now and I have a very strong tie with the land. I am thinking we will find a new little oak tree next spring and plant it there. But I really like the fruit tree idea.
 

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Some of it will go in a placenta smoothie and the rest I'll probably plant under a rosebush for baby. I might do prints with it first, though.
 

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Not exactly sure yet, but I know I want to ingest some of it for the benefits.
 

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I never felt any sort of connection to any of my placentas. If I knew how I would encapsulate it this time. In any case maybe I'll start researching forms of ingestion to see if I can stomach any of them.
 

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I'm not really sure. DH is absolutely green and gaggy when I suggest eating it (so of course, every time he pretends he's going to do something obnoxious, I start talking about the oh so yummy placenta smoothies I'm going to make. We're both 12 sometimes.) I'm pretty sure the midwives at GBC give it to us to take when we leave.<br><br>
We already have 35 non-evergreen trees on our property (and I forget how many evergreens) so I can't see myself trying to cram another tree in there edgewise! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm going to have to keep an eye on this thread for some ideas. Maybe just plant it under a garden area? I'm thinking of turning a corner of the yard into a wildflower/ controled chaos sort of a garden. The mental plan isn't totally worked out yet.<br><br>
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Oh yeah- I forgot, my midwife did 2 placenta prints for me after I had James. Then we took it home and froze it and there it sits. The placenta prints look neat though.
 

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While I think it would be a lovely idea to plant a tree over it, we are just to many years from settling and buying a house. We're just going to let the hospital deal with it unless I can donate the cord blood first (don't know if i'm allowed with my health however).
 

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How do you go about encapsulation? That is one thing I just haven't researched fully yet. Can anyone spare me some googling?
 

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My Midwives are going to do the encapsulation for me, so I have no idea how to go about it. They dry it or something, then put it in capsules.<br><br>
I was absolutely horrified at the idea of ingesting placenta at my last birth. Heck, that was the first time I'd ever really seen a placenta up close. But then when I broke my leg so badly last year and I can see the deficiencies I'm experiencing from having 3 pregnancies in a row, plus I get a little baby blues (not PPD, but just blue), I decided to go ahead with it. I've been doing a LOT of research about it (besides the actually recipe) and I feel it will totally benefit me and my body.
 

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I am planning to do placenta pills too. An easy way to do it is wash off excess bloos, steam it over a pot of water, then slice into beef jerky kind of slices. Lay on a cookie sheet and bake until dry. Then you can crush the strips and either put the powder in capsules by hand or with one of those little machines.
 

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i wont be steaming it at all, just having my DH and my mom strip the membranes off it, then slice it then dry it slow and low in the oven, then crush it in the mortar and pestle, and food processor, then put it into capsules using a device made for hand encapsulating.<br>
steam is a really high heat method of cooking and all the good stuff like hormones etc decrease under high heat. so we wont be steaming it to help strip the membranes off of it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i wont be steaming it at all, just having my DH and my mom strip the membranes off it, then slice it then dry it slow and low in the oven, then crush it in the mortar and pestle, and food processor, then put it into capsules using a device made for hand encapsulating.<br>
steam is a really high heat method of cooking and all the good stuff like hormones etc decrease under high heat. so we wont be steaming it to help strip the membranes off of it.</div>
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Do they do this right away or can you put it in the freezer for a few hours (so everyone can enjoy the new babe) and THEN do it? I'm really interested in this since I'm still breastfeeding and dd is so young... I really should eat it or encapsulate it or something this time. I'm asking about delayed time beforehand because last time dh really wanted to do a placenta print and because he was so overwhelmed by the new baby we just ended up throwing it in the freezer and not doing anything with it...<br><br>
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Interesting thoughts about steaming. Not that there's one right way of preparing it, but in Traditional Chinese Medicine (where the placenta has been used medicinally for thousands of years) steaming and cooking is a vital part of the process of converting the placenta into a medicinal substance for the body.<br><br>
Accordingly there is a feeling among DOMs and some midwives that raw placenta is too cooling for postpartum use. But whatever works, right?
 

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I have thought about consuming a small piece afterbirth, probably via smoothie or something. But my thoughts never went so far as to the encapsulation of it... I don't know though. I have read about all the benefits which is why I was going for a placenta smoothie, but then plant the rest. I just don't know if I can engorge in my whole placenta or even the first bit for that matter. Definitely will scar my crunchy rep.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> And I don't know who would help me dehydrate-asking my mw tomorrow at my 29.5 week visit.<br><br>
Seriously...this is why I asked what everyone was doing with theirs. We live on ye old family farm that dh and I inherited a couple of years ago, so I still want to do the fruit tree thing. I may end up do a little of both-who knows...
 
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