I know this topic might make a lot of people squeamish, but I appreciate how thoughtful and honest Lil Sugar was in this post about “Reinventing the Afterbirth.” She says she reached her limit when she learned about the keepsake placenta teddy bear featured below:


She also offers less odd options, including burying the placenta in the garden, eating it or following the lotus birth tradition of creating a pouch to store the placenta until your child naturally separates from it.

Do any of these options appeal to you? Will you plan to follow any of them for your next child? What are your thoughts on keeping the afterbirth? You tell us!

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11 Responses

  1. rhonda says:

    vomit. no no no, not good.

  2. Jessica says:

    Not sure I understand why women are obsessed with it. Your baby is HERE now! Focus on that.

  3. Karel says:

    I’m with Jessica. My baby is a lovely souvenir of the birthing process. I don’t need anything else.

  4. gina says:

    I wouldn’t eat it, I wouldn’t keep it, I wouldn’t bury it whatever the hospital does with it is fine with me 🙂

  5. pauline says:

    So wrong in so many ways!

  6. Lindsay says:

    I agree with everyone here!

  7. jen says:

    UMMMMM…No…I can’t think of any good that would come from that.

  8. Tara says:

    Well, my last baby girl came and two placentas came out after. My husband cried, were we supposed to have twins? They studied it and said not twins, If it were we would have definitely buried them with much sorrow. BUT OH SICK gag on what looks like a pork rind teddy bear.

  9. Joy says:

    Eating it is “less odd” than the teddy bear? (Feeling faint)

  10. Melana says:

    I had never heard of the teddy bear idea! How amazing! I am currently preparing for a lotus birth and plan to bury the placenta once the umbilical cord comes away. I think that it would be a shame to not use something so nutrient rich – whether it’s eaten as it is or buried in the garden to later grow fruits or vegetables with. Thank you for your interesting blog.

  11. Chaz says:

    I Think dr. Seuss had something to say about this, “I do not want green eggs and placenta, I do not want them….” btw this is sick, your baby can now literally cuddle with itself…. Sick…

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