Birth

A Beautiful Placenta

Our heart shaped placenta.
Our heart shaped placenta. The Tree Of Life.

 

I finally got to keep my placenta! Yay!

With Willow, I had these amazing plans to keep the placenta and bury it with a Willow tree in our garden. Of course we got distracted, and forgot to pick it up from the hospital.

With Olive, I had to have my placenta removed after the delivery under anaesthetic because my body didn’t want to release it naturally. It was whisked away whilst I was under.

But this time, I proudly left the hospital with a goodie bag… containing that magic one-use organ! An organ that I grew, just for my baby. It was used for 40 weeks and kept our baby alive. It attached my baby to me. And when she was born, so was it! Pretty cool, huh?!

I created some fab prints of the placenta for us to keep and took some stunning photographs of it to share. It’s not something that we all get to see. Some of us have babies and never look at our own placentas, never knowing how big they were, what colour it was or even seeing how it attached itself to us life givers.

Its a beautiful organ, that should be respected. After all, without it we wouldn’t have our children! There are lots of uses for a placenta. You can read more on what to do with the after-birth, after birth here.

umbilical cord

amniotic sac placenta
The amniotic sac, cord and placenta. this side of the placenta was attached to my womb.

 

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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