Placentophagy (eating it!) is probably one of the most common, be it in a stir fry, raw, or encapsulation (putting it in pill form). There are options. The jury is still out with regards to scientific evidence on the benefits of consuming a placenta. But people draw on research and observation of other mammals and anecdotal evidence to draw conclusions about why eating it might be a beneficial. Read more on the Lamaze blog, Science and Sensibility, about the proposed benefits and ongoing research on placentas and what to do with them.
If you are one of the many that think consuming the placenta is not for you, there are plenty of other options you can consider for it and/or the cord.
- Taking a peek at it before your pracitioner takes it away for disposal (It's a pretty beautiful organ, particularly the fetal side whose branching veins, arteries, and cords, resemble a tree)
- Leave it attached to the baby (Lotus birth)
- Placenta printing
- Plant a placenta tree
- Umbillical cord teething ring- The cord can shapred into a circle, dried or dehydrated, and stored in the freezer and used as a teething ring later on.
Talk with your practitioner if you make plans to take home or take a look at your placenta. It's yours to take, but you may need to sign for it.