The placenta is the magical organ designed to protect your baby’s life as it grows throughout pregnancy. Attached via the umbilical cord, your placenta is genetically identical to you and knows precisely which elements it needs to sustain life. It brings oxygen to the baby and allows the waste products to be disposed of through the birthing person. After your baby is born, the final stage of labor is the birth of the Placenta. Many birthing people and partners report never seeing this miraculous organ. Our modern medical industry views the placenta as medical waste and it is usually disposed of as such. Yet, in many cultures there are beautiful rituals and practices that honor the Placenta as a protector, a twin, and involve the careful cleaning, ingesting, or burying of this organ.
Inspired by the Traditional Chinese Medicine practice, the Placenta is cleaned, steamed with lemon and ginger, and dehydrated. The dried Placenta is ground, put into capsules, and stored in an air-tight amber jar. Herbs can be added during the grinding and encapsulating process to help support Postpartum recovery. Unless requested, the broth (steaming liquid) will be disposed of after steaming.
Before the Placenta is cleaned and steamed, a print will be made with the Placenta. If you would like to ingest your Placenta afterwards, food grade paints will be used. The page will be sprayed to seal in the print. If you do not wish to ingest your Placenta, traditional water colors will be used to paint the Placenta.
Umbilical cord keepsakes can be made in many shapes and styles. The most common are hearts and spirals. Some long cords can even be used to form words, like LOVE. The cord is cleaned and dehydrated along with the Placenta, or can be made into a keepsake on its own.
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