Planting the Placenta


treeIs it weird that I want to plant my placenta? Some people might think so, but to me, it feels too sacred to not do something with. Plus a lot of cultures believe in the ceremony of committing the placenta to the earth.

The only problem is that I live in NYC and rent, and don't have a yard.

Do I plant it in my parents' yard who live in the suburbs? Will they think I'm nuts?

Maybe. But not any more nuts than me in high school wearing all black and burning special love candles and incense on the lace covered altar in my room all night.

Don't make fun, that was a long time ago. But back to the placenta...

Some people eat the placenta, others make teddy bears out of it, some plant it, and of course, some don't do anything with it.

Discovery's Planet Green has great tips for planting a placenta tree. I looked into those and added some of my own.

  1. Alert the hospital, birthing center, or your midwife that you want to keep the placenta in advance. More than likely you will need a cooler, garbage bags, and ice so you can transport it home to your freezer.
  2. Bury it deep -- maybe even put mesh netting around it -- so animals do not dig it up.
  3. Keep frozen for about a year or if you plant right away, mark the spot with a large rock or something because you will have to wait until around the child's first birthday to nourish a tree or flowers -- planting too soon will kill anything you plant over it since it's so nutrient rich.
  4. Be careful who you tell. I'm giggling at this one. I just shared it with you all! But people will have strange reactions. In fact, I'm wondering what kind I will get here.

Would you consider planting your placenta to grow a tree?


Related posts:

Eating the Placenta, Would You?

DIY: A Placenta Teddy Bear!

About Eating a Placenta




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mommy... mommytobobby

i've considered that and encapsulation. still not sure which one i want to do.

ethan... ethans_momma06

I would consider it...I mean it's just so full of nutrients I hate to throw it away but I don't think DH would be so gung ho about it.

Emmy_... Emmy_Dollface

My placenta scared me. It was like some sci-fi extra liver coming out of me and was  bigger than my 8 pound baby! I think what scared me the most was the awful noise it made when my doctor plopped it over into the bucket. Ugh, I'll never forget that sound....

sodapple sodapple

i wouldn't mind doing something like that, but i think hubby will just think this pregnancy took a bolt rigth out of my head, lol =-D

RanaA... RanaAurora

I considered planting it, but ended up doing nothing.

nily nily

It would be great that something that gave life to my son give it to other living being. Unfortunately here hospitals don't give you options they just discharge it as they want it to.

Lokis... LokisMama

I'm thinking about planting it in a planter with a slow growing tree. It's been in my freezer since my daughter was born (last december), but since I rent and I don't want to plant it somewhere and have to leave it behind, I want to put it in a planter until I own my own home.

toria... toriandgrace

Nope. I also didn't plant my brother's appendix when they took it out. = )

doulala doulala

Yes I did it with some placentas.    I know of a lot of people who have, it's pretty normal to me.   (It is more common that you might think!)

A lot of people consume the placenta, but I didn't.   The buriel was more of a way to honor the experience of birth, taking the "Tree Of Life" that kept baby alive in the womb and transferring it to a tree for continued nourishment and a dedication of Love and Life. 


Pollymom Pollymom

I had heard of people doing all kinds of things with their placentas...but I was never interested in taking anything home from the hospital except my baby...I was too busy thinking of other stuff and it honestly never even occurred to me.

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