Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Placenta puzzle

OK, it's spring, and I am as behind on gardening as I have been on posting to this blog. I blame the mommy vortex for sucking up any free time. But anyway, I am realizing that I have a short window to take my placenta out of the freezer, bury it in the garden and perhaps plant something on top of it. Any recommendatins? We live in the city and have a very small backyard, already full with flowers and lilacs and forsythia. In other words, a maple tree won't work. Thoughts welcome!


Melissa said...

Space is was not an issue for me, but maintenance and mobility were. We chose a climbing rose.
*It can climb and be confined to whatever space is available. Using a trellis does not take up much room either.
*Virtually maintenance free as far as roses go.
*If you every happen to move just snip a piece and root it so it's not left behind.

Lost said...

Yellow Rose bush would be my choice

tie-dyed doula said...

A little blueberry bush. That's what I chose for my placenta and another cool thing besides the beauty of it keeps giving and giving nutrients (blueberries) just as the placenta gave nutrients to your baby...
shine on!

I am a Monkey's Mama said...

Maybe a large potted aloe vera plant, symbolic for its healing properties? That way, when it gets cold outside, you can bring the pot in.

Tina Cassidy said...

Monkey's mama, how poetic. I love it. But how long does it take for the placenta to dissintigrate? By September, if I have to bring in the pot, will it stink?

Blueberries are also a great idea.

C.S. said...

Hi Tina,

I've really enjoyed reading your account of your pregnancy and HBAC. I was wondering if you are at liberty to share who your midwife is. I'm also in the Boston area and looking for a homebirth midwife, and yours sounds like just the kind of birth attendant I would love to have.

I am a Monkey's Mama said...

You know, I'm not sure how long it takes. If you think about it, you're turning it into a compost of sort, so...maybe it would be fine by September? I wish I had a more definitive answer for you! I live in Orlando, so I don't really have to deal with frost issues too often (usually once or twice in January and February, and that's it!).

Happy planting!

Anonymous said...

we buried our first son's placenta under daffodils *in military base housing* and now i'm heart broken for living it behind.

i don't know what to do with our still frozen, second placenta...

hbacmama said...

With my HBA3C baby, we planted his placenta last month underneath a beautiful weeping cherry tree (they don't grow very large, so may work well with your space). It was symbolic to me of all of my children. It was weeping, as was I over the lost birth experiences and the chance to never even see their placentas. ANd its striking beauty was symbolic of this miraculous hbac experience.

Tina Cassidy said...

C.S., email me offline ( and I will give you her contact information.

midwife of the plains said...

Hello Tina,
Lovely blog. How about a red raspberry bush? Or a blackberry bush? This is what I have done with the placentas of the families I have served.


hlopez206 said...

Hi, we just planted a fig tree in a gorgeous pot for our daughter on the eve of her first birthday.
Boy, it sure gets pretty funky smelling and draws flies...any advice or is that just the nature of planting the placenta?

I can't wait til it bears fruit.

Cool blog.

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