Don’t Placentas Have Rights Too?
For too long, placentas have been regarded as the downtrodden worker. Always playing second fiddle to the foetus, placentas have been made to dutifully feed, clean, and do everything for the growing infant. Never for themselves. Just the baby.
Then, with the entire focus on the baby and the mother, placentas are treated appallingly at birth. Often, they only get a cursory look after the baby has been born. Then they are removed from the birthing suite and banished.
Without a name or any recognition, they come into this world as an outcast. Most placenta are either thrown out to fend for themselves. Or, horrifically, they are either collected by hospitals and incinerated. Or, they are frozen to death. Then their remains are sent off for scientific experiments.
With all of this cruelty sanctioned and accepted, it’s not a happy end for placentas.
Having provided nourishment and care 24/7 for the baby, the humble placenta is banished. Rejected by their mother. Then callously put to death.
It’s an unspeakable tragedy. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
A growing number of mothers are now interested in keeping their placenta and taking them with them from the hospital. To give them a life beyond the womb.
“My placenta deserved more than a cruel end,” argues Tegan Buttrbol. “After everything she did on the inside, I wanted to give her the recognition and quality of life she deserved.”
Today, the winds of change in placenta care are now evident in the statisitics. One out of every three new mothers now keep their placenta. And it’s not uncommon to see mothers proudly pushing a pram with a smartly dressed placenta nestled inside, warm and snug.
And, according to celebrated After-Birth Specialist, Dr Herbert Nutt of Hopkins-Muskoxen Hospital in Placentia, California, it’s a positive sign.
“Not so long ago, mothers rejected their placenta. They viewed them as just a functional part of having a baby. While, some home birthers even ate their placenta, in a kind of rite of passage cannibalism. Nowadays, I think mothers are much more enlightened and want the best for their placenta. That means afterbirth care. Then giving their placenta a new start on life.”
While it’s true there are few career prospects for more mature placentas, the jury is out on their educational potential. Dr Nutt estimates some 17% of placenta carers are enrolling their placenta offspring into hothousing programs. To give them every opportunity to maximise their potential in a tough and often judgemental educational environment.
So, next time you’re out and about, don’t be too surprised if you see placentas sporting the latest, primped and preppy in their Boohoo, The Iconic, Seed Heritage, and Showpo gear. Placentas are coming out. So you better get the party started!