What can I do with my placenta after birth?

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Four Things You Can Do With Your Placenta After Delivery

There’s no denying the importance of your placenta. It’s like a mini-apartment your body creates for your unborn baby while they grow and develop. It’s also in charge of providing them with all the oxygen and nourishment they need as their little body prepares to greet the world. For new parents, the placenta can also play a role in postpartum life.

After you give birth, you get to decide what you want to do with your placenta. (Hint: You may have more options than you think!) Here are four things you can do with your placenta after your delivery.

1. Eat the placenta

Some people believe that eating the placenta — either in capsules, as a powder, or raw — can provide a gold mine of health benefits to people who have just given birth. They claim the placenta contains micronutrients, such as iron, that can help prevent postpartum depression, decrease postpartum bleeding, increase milk supply, and improve energy and mood. 

So far, there’s no scientific proof to back up any potential benefits of eating the placenta. In fact, there’s some risk of placenta capsules containing infectious bacteria or viruses that, if consumed, can be passed to a newborn through breast milk. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned against taking placenta capsules after one mother’s consumption led to her healthy newborn contracting group B strep.

2. Plant the placenta in the ground

If eating your placenta sounds a little too out there for you, there are other ways you can honor its role in your pregnancy and delivery. Some new parents bury their placenta somewhere meaningful to symbolize their newborn’s link to the earth. You can also plant a young tree with your placenta to create a beautiful living keepsake that you can watch grow alongside your child. Think of the memories your child will create playing in the backyard around the special tree that shares their birthday!

3. Turn your placenta into jewelry

Placenta jewelry is a fast-growing trend among new birth parents. Instead of eating or burying your placenta — and never seeing it again — you can have someone transform it into a beautiful piece of jewelry you can wear daily. Whether you decide on a ring, necklace, or pair of earrings, your new treasure will be truly one-of-a-kind. (Psst: If you love the idea of memorializing your birth experience but have other plans for your placenta, you can get your breast milk made into jewelry instead!)

Placenta jewelry is a fast-growing trend among new birth parents, you can have someone turn it into a beautiful piece of jewelry you can wear daily.


4. Let the hospital take care of your placenta

Some birthing parents aren’t interested in seeing or touching their placenta after it’s left their body, which is perfectly okay. You can choose what happens to your placenta after your delivery, including letting the hospital dispose of it! Your new baby is the ultimate testament to the power of your placenta anyway.

Make sure you talk with your healthcare provider about your wishes, no matter what you choose to do with your placenta after your baby’s birth. That way, they can ensure your placenta goes to the right place after your delivery, wherever that may be!

Placenta aside, there are so many decisions to make during your pregnancy. One of the most exciting ones is when and where you learn your baby’s sex. If you’re interested in finding out your baby’s gender in the comfort of your own home, click here to learn more about our Juno Birch™ Fetal Gender Test.

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September 30, 2022 — Stephanie McClintock