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Last post 08-23-2009 7:36 PM by marlenecpm. 12 replies.
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  • 07-13-2009 7:15 PM

    placental preparation

    Hello. I have a client in Connecticut that would like to have her placenta prepared and put into capsules as is done in Chinese medicine. Do any of you know anyone in the CT/New York area or (there abouts) that does this? If so, would you please contact me via email at des@handmaidenbirth.com

    Thanks so much,

    Desiree O'Clair

    Woodstock, New York

    Desiree OClair
    Handmaiden Birth Services
    Woodstock, New York
  • 07-13-2009 10:41 PM In reply to

    • midwifea
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    Re: placental preparation

    Desiree,

    I do not know of anyone in your area but why not do it yourself as a postpartum gift to mama?  It's easy.  I have done it at least 150 times,  If you'd like I can write you out the instructions.

    Blessings,
    April
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    "The Voice

    There is a voice inside of you
    That whispers all day long,
    "I feel this is right for me,
    I know that this is wrong."
    No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
    Or wise man can decide
    What's right for you--just listen to
    The voice that speaks inside."
    — Shel Silverstein
  • 07-14-2009 3:52 AM In reply to

    Re: placental preparation

    Thanks, April. I would love to have the instructions to do this. You would certainly be a trusted source and I would value the information.

    Desiree

    Desiree OClair
    Handmaiden Birth Services
    Woodstock, New York
  • 07-14-2009 8:30 PM In reply to

    • midwifea
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    Re: placental preparation

    Okay then,

    Determine from mama exactly what she wants done with her placenta.  Does she want a  piece to eat fresh?  Does she want to bury the fetal side and membranes?  Does she want a piece of the maternal side (fresh) to make a tincture with?  Would she like the cord dried into a spiral or heart shape for an artwork piece?  does she want the membranes buried or saved for an artwork piece? 

    After the birth and examination of the placenta rinse it well.  If it is late and you are tired you can put the whole placenta in a ziplock and freeze it with out any preparation.  I like to arrange it in the bag so that the cord and fetal side are easily identified and on one side of the bag and lay the placenta flat in the freezer, if possible.  If mama wants the membranes dried for an art work piece I remove those by cutting them around the edge before freezing and pin or tape them flat on a large sheet of watercolor or sketch pad paper.  Before you freeze the placenta is the time to make a placenta print on the same kind of art paper as well.

    Wait a good day or 2 for the placenta to be well frozen before the next step.

    You'll need; gloves, a nice work area and some toweling or paper towels or newspaper to catch the splatters and clean up with, a good sharp knife,  a dehydrator,and if you have, parchment paper or the sheets for the dehydrator that you make fruit leathers on. Or you can do it without either of those things and just put the placenta pieces straight onto the dehydrator trays.  Something to clean up with too, I like to have some h202, 3%, in a spray bottle to clean with.

    Take the frozen placenta out and give it a few minutes to soften before you start cutting. Use gloves.  I like to hold on to the cord with my non dominate hand.  Start slicing off very thin pieces of the maternal side of the placenta and laying those pieces on the dehydrator trays that are covered with the parchment or silicone sheets, or just straight onto the trays.  I usually end up with at least 2 full trays of thin slices.  Lay them out so they are not overlapping one another.  Just keep slicing until you are at the fetal side where the tree of life forms.  That side has no nutritional value, so that, I usually have papa bury. If the membranes are still attached you can try to dry those on a sheet or bury.  I haven't had much luck with the membranes behaving well after they are frozen. Wrap it up in a banana or ti leaf or any appropriate material for burial.  Before you do that however cut off the cord as close to the fetal side as possible.  Arrange the cord on one of the dehydrator trays in a spiral or heart shape.  Mama can take the dried cord and make a framed art work from it or place it in baby's book or what ever she chooses to do with it. Set the dehydrator to a jerky setting and check it after a few hours.  Time to dry depends on the thickness of the slices, the machine itself and the humidity.  For me here in HI it usually takes about 5 or 6 hours.  When done, the meat strips are brittle and break easily when you bend them.  No moisture is left inside.

    Cool down and remove all the pieces.

    You can store them in an airtight jar or bag as they are or you can grind them into a powder straight away.  Use a coffee grinder, a cuisinart, a spice grinder, a blender or mortar and pestle (that takes a while).  Fill empty gelatin caps (you can get  these at a health food store) with the powder and store in capsule form. Or store the powder and fill caps later.  Keep the placenta in a cool dry place.

    It's really not hard.

    Remember as you are working to hold gratitude for the gift of life that grandmother placenta has given. This will imbue the placenta medicine with wonderful energy.

     

    Blessings,
    April
    moderator

    "The Voice

    There is a voice inside of you
    That whispers all day long,
    "I feel this is right for me,
    I know that this is wrong."
    No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
    Or wise man can decide
    What's right for you--just listen to
    The voice that speaks inside."
    — Shel Silverstein
  • 07-17-2009 11:14 AM In reply to

    Re: placental preparation

    Thanks, April. I am grateful to you for the information.

     

    Desiree OClair
    Handmaiden Birth Services
    Woodstock, New York
  • 07-22-2009 1:28 PM In reply to

    Re: placental preparation

     check out www. placentabenefits.info you can order a do it yourself kit or check to see if there are specialists already trained in the area. You can also become a specialist yourself if you want to offer this service to your clients. She has done all the work for you, osha standards, paperwork, supplies, etc.

    Kim Trower, DEM
    Mother to Mother Midwifery Care
  • 08-12-2009 4:32 PM In reply to

    Re: placental preparation

    Although my couple didn't want the placenta encapsulated, they did want it preserved/frozen for later burial.  The hospital just instituted a policy that it had to leave the grounds within 12 hrs so all eyes were on the good ol' doula (yours truly) with that pleading look of, "Could you please put it in your freezer?"  So off I went with my little take-away container full o' placenta.  I was very happy to have read April's post above several weeks ago because as I was preparing the placenta for freezing, I decided to do it outside with the birds and in my garden surrounded by beautiful flowers and good growing vibes.  I thanked that placenta for doing such a vital and beautiful job and I felt so good about doing it.  So, thanks, April, for reminding me to keep reverent while handling the placenta.  It's now happily chilling in the freezer until I pop it in their freezer tomorrow afternoon. Gift

    Susan
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    I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. --E.B. White
  • 08-12-2009 6:47 PM In reply to

    • midwifea
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    Re: placental preparation

    Susan,

    I bet your garden liked the vibes too!

    Blessings,
    April
    moderator

    "The Voice

    There is a voice inside of you
    That whispers all day long,
    "I feel this is right for me,
    I know that this is wrong."
    No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
    Or wise man can decide
    What's right for you--just listen to
    The voice that speaks inside."
    — Shel Silverstein
  • 08-13-2009 5:15 AM In reply to

    Re: placental preparation

    As Desiree can attest, I'm not the most woo-woo person around and there I was in the yard, talking away to this placenta with my teenager standing by skeptically looking at me with the "Mom???" face on but also totally fascinated by the placenta which she had never seen before.  She had been in (marching) band camp all day and I'd texted her with a warning that mom was bringing home a placenta and it would be in the fridge until I could sleep a bit and then make it nice and pretty and freeze it. Of course, she picks up the text while eating lunch and is sitting at the table with a obstetrician's son who looks at the phone screen after my daughter does the obligatory teenage "eww?" (you've got to say it with the question inflection) and he replies, "I hate it when they bring those things home!"  What my daughter and this guy were amazed by is that none of the other 8 kids at the table knew what a placenta was.  That's 8 out of 10 17-year-olds which then freaked out my kid and the MD's kid.

    Susan
    Moderator

    I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. --E.B. White
  • 08-14-2009 1:52 PM In reply to

    Re: placental preparation

    Oh, Susan! I can see it now! You looking all stylish in your Chico's finery, working the energy.I bet the birds and the flowers were confused by the unexpected woo woo infusion.

    Desiree OClair
    Handmaiden Birth Services
    Woodstock, New York
  • 08-15-2009 5:23 AM In reply to

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     Yes! There I was in my Chico's finery and my Birks, talking and singing to a placenta lying on my umbrella table in the backyard!  40 years ago I was in Woodstock groovin' to Arlo and Janis, my lil' skinny 16-yr-old body in my bell bottoms! And now look:  You're in Woodstock and I'm in Asheville singing to placentas.  If anyone would've told me that as I stood in all that mud, I never would've believed them.

    Susan
    Moderator

    I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. --E.B. White
  • 08-16-2009 11:14 AM In reply to

    • midwifea
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    Re: placental preparation

    Wow, you're my idol Susan, you went to Woodstock!  I was 15, wearing Dittos or my recycled jean skirt,  in California and heard about it and wanted to go. 

    Thank god for placentas.

    Blessings,
    April
    moderator

    "The Voice

    There is a voice inside of you
    That whispers all day long,
    "I feel this is right for me,
    I know that this is wrong."
    No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
    Or wise man can decide
    What's right for you--just listen to
    The voice that speaks inside."
    — Shel Silverstein
  • 08-23-2009 7:36 PM In reply to

    Re: was placental preparation, now woodstock

     I was working in NYC then & a friend tried to get me to go with her, almost did, but I didn't. All that mud, lack of outhouses & food,  Even though it would have been something to brag that I did, I'm glad I didn't! There were a few babies born at Woodstock, wish I was there for that though!

    My parents & younger brothers, by some wierd coincidence, having no clue about Woodstock, were on their way through the town of Woodstock on their way to New Hampshire for vacation! They got stuck in traffic for many many hours, and got to enjoy some of the music while trapped on the road.

     

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