As my kids went off to their first day of school this morning, it made me reflect back to the glorious moments of their birth. And for some reason one of the things that came to my mind was the placenta. I mean the placenta does play a pretty important role for the baby in the womb. For those of you who don’t know, the placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply.
Anyways during the months leading up to my daughter’s birth we took a birthing class and found out a couple of things parents do with the placenta after birth. The first one was the parents take the placenta with them after birth and plant a “Tree of Life”. Basically, you throw the placenta in a freezer bag, take it home and then, when you go to plant a tree you put the placenta in the dirt first and plant the tree. Okay, that is strange to me, but I could handle it.
The second thing I learned at the birth class was about people taking the placenta home, frying it up and eating it. Hold on….. Eating it? That is just plain gross! But, I guess after doing some research in many other countries that this is normal. They say the placenta is full of great nutrients and tastes great with a wine sauce.
And if you really wanted to get creative with the placenta you could (found these after some online research):
- Make Placenta Art
- Craft it into a Piece of Jewelry
- Make it into a Salve
- Cast It
- Encapsulate It
Some interesting things to consider for new parents? Rest assured my wife’s placenta was not on the menu the week my kids were born.