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    My midwife has said they don't take the placenta away. So how do i get rid of it? I'm not interested in burying it and i don't want it hanging around my freezer for too long. So what do i do? Cause i know you can't just throw it in the bin.


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    they go into a 1 specific bin and then get incinerated.

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    pmsl, im sure the bin man would enjoy that little surprise heehee

    can i ask why you wouldn't want to bury it? some cultures eat it but i couldn't do that, why not inquire around the univeristies and see if they want it for lab research depending how you feel about that....but i think its very weird that the hospital doens't have some way to dispose of it!!!

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    are you having a home birth antheia? if you are I am pretty sure you would have to bury it just to dispose of it unless your local hospital will take it if you drop it off.

    I just got an email from MIL asking if she could have mine WTF???

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    they do dispose of them by incineration, the bin is a different colour so that nothing else gets put in there.

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    Hehe, put it up on ebay....I'm sure there'd be a lot of interest! Ha. You'd certainly make the papers.

    Burying it (deep!) would be my suggestion too. Get your DH to dig a hole and get your DD to pick a nice tree to plant on top of it perhaps? A special link between her and her new bro/sis?

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    [QUOTE=chocolatecatty;1425063]Hehe, put it up on ebay....I'm sure there'd be a lot of interest! Ha. You'd certainly make the papers.

    LOL OMG what a classic!!!!!!!!!!!! there is always weird and wonderful things on ebay!!!

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    A little fun fact for you..

    The ancient egyptians believed that the placenta carried magical powers. The placenta of the Pharoah was placed on a pole and carried into battle - making the placenta history's first ever flag!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amysarah85 View Post
    A little fun fact for you..

    The ancient egyptians believed that the placenta carried magical powers. The placenta of the Pharoah was placed on a pole and carried into battle - making the placenta history's first ever flag!!
    i will never be able to look at a flag the same


    you can have a painting made with it!!! there is an artisit that takes your placenta rolls it in paint and throws it on a canvas, the print it leaves is your artwork but again dont know what they do with it after!

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    Yes sorry forgot to say i am having a homebirth! I don't want to bury it because our dog would dig it up. I'm not that interested in having a tree on it or in a pot plant.

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    We buried our DD's placenta (about 1 meter down) on my mother's farm and planted a lemon scented gum over it. I love the idea that my placenta has lived on within the tree (which has thrived BTW). I often think of the law of physics: energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it only changes form.

    I wasn't so keen on planting my second two placentas. It was mainly just my first that I felt the need to preserve. I don't think they even asked me if I wanted them (hospital births). They asked me what i was going to do with my first because I had my DD at a birth centre and i don't think they disposed of them there either.

    ETA: if you buried it about a meter down surely your dog couldn't reach it??? Maybe put something heavy over the top of it for a while?

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    yer given that you're having a home birth i would phone the local hospital and ask what your options are, even if they cant take it they might be able to suggest a place to 'send' it, or a pathology company....

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    The problem you have with dogs is that when ever it rains any animal/human product lets off a smell that comes to the surface and the dog would think it is highly inviting.

    Good luck with what ever you choose.

    OMG doubledee, your MIL wants your placenta!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DANNIIM View Post

    OMG doubledee, your MIL wants your placenta!
    i'm feeling very scared. she ate all 4 of hers (all respect to people who choose to do this but eeeewwww!!!!)

    I am hoping she wants to use it to plant an oak tree or something but I'm not sure how to respond to this so I am ignoring it at the moment.... i don't want to offend her ...lol

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    Maybe she does wanna eat it lmao! It is a very rich source of iron. But yeah i couldn't do it myself, blerk :P

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    OMG I never thought about this but eating it!!! Ewwwh! (sorry)!
    DoubleDee- Have you told your DH that his mum wants your placenta?

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    Alibaby - I haven't told him yet .... it's not like I can just go over dinner "by the way bub your mum asked if she can have part of my uterus ... pass the salt will ya" PMSL!

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    interesting fact for you that the placenta isnt actually part of the mum...its the babies it has the same DNA as the baby(which yes has 1/2 the mums)

    so Dee really your MIL wants your babies placenta....

    Antheia what have you decided to do with your placenta?

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