Planting the placenta

Nicole - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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so i'm thinking about taking my placenta home from the hospital and planting it then a year later planting a tree over top. (they say wait a year because the nutrients are so strong it would kill any plant put over top right away) I've read up alot on it, because I heard of it and got curious, and I really like the idea. it was the baby's home and all the nutrients for baby were passed through it, and in turn kind of in celebration of the baby's life, you plant it so it can one day continue to nurish life through say a tree that you can watch grow and always remind you of what a wonderful thing life is. so is this too wacky or is it a cute idea. i don't do crazy ritualist things ever and this would be the most out there thing i've ever done, but the idea is kinda growing on me. what do you think?

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Cheyenne - posted on 09/24/2011

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It's a Maori tradition to take the whenua (placenta) and plant it where you come from and therefore where your baby comes from making a bond between baby and the earth that in the ethos of things nutured her/him and then giving back the nutrients to the earth to continue the circle of life so to speak.

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Char - posted on 03/23/2012

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We're planning on planting a tree over the placentas of our DS and DD. Our biggest dilemma is figuring out what type of tree to plant. Clearly I think it's a great idea Nicole!

Shae - posted on 09/28/2011

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If I had owned my house when my little one was born I would have done exactly what you have/planned on doing. Go for it!

Cheryl - posted on 05/19/2010

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I've heard of it before but you should definately make sure you can from your hospital. Most will not let you just have it. It gets taken to the pathology department and put into formilin (10% formaldyhde).

Most people I've heard of doing that had homebirths or at birthing centers.

Good luck!!

Joanna - posted on 05/18/2010

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Considering I'm going to get my placenta encapsulated and take it as a pill, what you are doing is not as wacky as some people think mine is, haha. I know a lot of people who planted a placenta tree for their child, it's such a neat idea!!

Nicole - posted on 05/18/2010

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@Jen G- you know as simple as that sounds it never even crossed my mind to just plant a tree lol. I could certainly do that if I didn't feel comfortable with the whole placenta thing. Thanks!

Jen - posted on 05/18/2010

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Do whatever you feel is right, if you want to take the placenta home then do so, or you could just go ahead and plant a tree......

Teena - posted on 05/17/2010

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wow i never heard of that. It sounds really cute though.
you should do it and then once your child grows older you can say the tree grew from them, it would mean a lot.

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