3 Placenta Traditions

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3 Placenta Traditions to honor your placenta

The placenta is an incredible organ that your body develops specifically for your baby! It acts like a pair of lungs, a heart, and kidneys for your baby while you are pregnant, filtering toxins away and sending nutrients to your little one. Some families feel that because of the special functions of the placenta, that it should be honored with  placenta traditions.

1. Placenta Encapsulation And Placenta Tinctures

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One way that you can honor your placenta is to hire a placenta arts specialist to safely process your placenta into encapsulated placenta pills or a placenta tincture.  There are several potential benefits to taking encapsulated placenta pills like increased breastmilk supply, a faster postpartum recovery, and more. I have had several doula clients who have said they felt their placenta pills made a world of a difference in their recovery after birth! Read more about the benefits of placenta encapsulation by reading my article by clicking here

2. Placenta Artwork

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One of the most beautiful placenta traditions you could use is to turn your placenta into artwork. You can hire a placenta arts specialist to print your placenta’s tree of life pattern onto a canvas. You can also dehydrate the umbilical cord still attached to the placenta into a heart shape for a keepsake. I would be sure to keep any placenta artwork in a safe, humidity-free environment. 

3. Burying Your Placenta

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The most common placenta tradition that my doula families have chosen if they do not plan to process their placenta into placenta pills or a placenta tincture is to bury their placenta along with a special tree or bush. The plants thrive with the boost of nutrients from the placenta. You can also take photos of your baby next to their special tree each year to show how they have both grown. 
Worried you may move away or live in an apartment without access to a garden or yard? You can plant your placenta with a tree in a very large potted planter and keep the plant in a sunny place on your patio/porch.

Looking for a Placenta Arts Specialist?

If you live in Oklahoma, you can book placenta encapsulation, placenta tincture, and placenta art work services with me! Just follow the button below to book your services. If you live outside of Oklahoma, I recommend finding a trained placenta arts specialist to safely process your placenta for you. 

OKC Birth Doula Jenni Jenkins

Jenni Jenkins – Sekine is an Oklahoma City Bereavement, Birth, & Postpartum doula who serves her Central Oklahoma  community.   She is also a midwifery assistant with Holistic Birthing Services and planning to begin her student midwifery journey in 2022. 

Jenni has been a Thrive Mama Collective Member since 2017.  Jenni is also the creator & facilitator of the Kaleidoscope OKC LGBTQ Family Support Group & the Nurture Oklahoma Live Interview Series.