One of the questions we ask after your home birth is, “What do you want us to do with your placenta?” Often our question is answered with a question: “I don’t know. What do people do with their placentas?”
Well, people do varied things with their placentas. Most just throw them out with the rest of the birth trash. Some burn them. Others save them and bury them deep in a garden or underneath a tree they plant.
Some people use them for art projects – like prints of the tree-like fetal side of the placenta.
And some people ingest them. Really!
It’s called “placenta encapsulation,” and it’s become a popular thing to do. Some people prepare their placentas into fine powders and put them into gel caps for mothers to take in the post-partum period. Peaceful Beginnings does not offer these services but knows people who do.
Here is a link to a Goshen News column written by Stephanie Price, one of Peaceful Beginnings’ birth assistants, about placenta encapsulation: Whole Family Column.
Here is a link to an organization that trains people to prepare placentas for encapsulation: Placenta Benefits.
Whatever you decide to do with your placenta is your business. 🙂