Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What did you do with your placenta?

Other than New Mommy Rant, my other blog obsession is the Celebrity Baby Blog. You can check them out at http://www.celebrity-babies.com/ I was reading an interview with Brooke Burke which was very interesting, especially the part where they asked her what she did with the placenta from her pregnancy with her 3rd daughter. Below is her response...

They thought I was insane, but I didn't care! I wanted to plant the placenta with a beautiful rosebush or fruit tree to help it grow. It's a concept that I learned about from a close friend of mine. Its got so many valuable components to it -- it's believed in many cultures that if you plant it, it's supposed to grow something really extraordinary, both spiritually and physically. There's actually a really funny paparazzi picture of my assistant carrying my placenta out of the hospital, and we've laughed about it so many times!

Apparently there are many other people saving their placentas and doing a variety of things with them. Planting it with a tree or flower seems to be the most common; Other ideas are eating it raw or cooked, dehydrating it and putting into capsules, donating it or keeping it in the freezer (for years) until deciding what to do with it.

I always assumed that the hospital throws them out. I am very big on saving the cord blood so maybe this will be a new thing of mine. Anyone have a good placenta story?


30 Minute Mommy said...

I don't know what happened to my placenta- and I don't care. haha I have seen people cook it on TV.

Pam said...

I didn't even know that was possible! I am sure mine got thrown out with all the other placentas that day.

I'm not sure I could cook or eat it, but maybe using it to plant something isn't so bad. It would take a change in thinking for me- but that isn't a bad thing!

Andrea said...

That's interesting...I've never even heard of such a thing before! Hmmmm...wonder what I should do with my placenta from this next baby coming in June now that I know this? ;)

LaskiGal said...

I have no idea where mine went. I do know that my mom planted her placenta after the birth of my baby sister. It was gross at the time, but now that I've had my very own placenta . . . I guess I can understand it . . . sort of.

I just remember always thinking about my dog digging up my mom's placenta--he didn't, but he could have. I never did look at the lilac bush quite the same way ever again.

Tracy said...

A woman that I used to work with saved her placenta to plant under a tree. I was only 18 at the time and thought it was the weirdest thing that I have ever heard.
I could honestly say that my placenta was the least of my worries when I was laying on the c-section table. The only thing on my husband's mind was making sure that the same number of rags that went in came out. I guess counting bloody rags is a true sign of love!