See what can be done with the placenta after delivery

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The news that a woman had her placenta stolen last week caused surprise when the victim herself, Paula Roseng, 25, from Santa Catarina, told on Twitter what had happened. Paula froze the placenta in a bowl of ice cream after the birth of her daughter in 2018, and the idea was that when the girl grew up and understood the meaning it represented, they could plant together. The thief would have taken the organ thinking it was frozen meat.

Why would a person keep the placenta? According to natural gynecologist Carolina Melendez, as the organ and the child have the same genetic load, many professionals advise or suggest that the umbilical cord blood and the placenta be kept, since there is a great potential of the cells, with the intention of ingesting them. “Having access to food, serum, ways for a woman to replace the blood she lost in childbirth is recent. If you think about the caveman, eating placenta is rich, nutritious. Animals eat theirs.”

There is also a strong symbology for the mother. “It becomes for her a question of culture and interpretation.” That’s what the birth attendant, Pâmella Souza, explains. She says that in several cultures the placenta is recognized as an “angel, friend, a spiritual entity”, whose mission is to lead a new being to life, that is, to help the baby in its crossing from the spiritual to the physical world.

Currently, much that can be done with the placenta. “We make pictures with stamps or watercolor paintings and bio-jewels that carry placenta or breast milk”, he says.

Painting made with placenta

Image: Secrets of Placenta Collection

There are those who want to transform the placenta into an element of alternative medicine, transforming it into capsules, oil, ointment or herbal medicine, or planting it in a garden or a vase. “Everything involves a quest to know and honor the birth event as something sacred, of self-knowledge, and also about preserving and passing on the memory for generations”, says Pâmella.

The bond between mother and baby, made possible by the placenta, makes the fleshy mass that surrounds the fetus considered a “guardian” of the child that grows there. “All the genetic content that they have in the formation of the baby are in the organ”, explains the placenta. In some cultures, soon after being eliminated in childbirth, he is buried in the backyard of the house or under a tree, as if he were a brother, so that this new life could exist. “So for the feminine it means that connection. There are lines of philosophies that say we’re all twins, that the sibling ends up turning into the placenta. I see it and feel it that way.”

Pâmella says that she started her work in the area of ​​maternity as a doula and perinatal educator and, already in the first births, she can see and touch the placentas. “Although I’ve heard that it was the ‘tree of life’, nothing compares to seeing in person that organ that really looks like a tree”.

Researching the subject and providing a service of medicinal manipulation and art with placentas since 2015, he uses the metaphor that the womb is a fertile soil, the placenta is a tree that puts its roots in this soil, to be able to deliver you the perfect and healthy fruit. that’s your baby. “I saw the enchantment in the patients when hearing these words, and requests to see their placentas after delivery became very common”, says she, who also studies pedagogy and is a visual artist.

Placenta manipulation comes from ancestral knowledge

The placenta has its fundamental biological function for the beginning of life, it is responsible for oxygenating, nourishing and protecting the baby. “When you investigate each of these functions, we discover all its complexity. But beyond what science tells us, we have what ancient and ancestral knowledge has transmitted to us for generations”, says Pâmella.

She says that ingestion is called placentophagy. “There are ancient documents around the world talking about the consumption of the placenta to solve problems related to childbirth. This motivated a lot of scientific research. oils, ointments, tinctures, extracts for the most diverse purposes”.

For her, when she understands that the placenta is a transitory organ full of regenerative factor substances, it is easy to accept that it is coveted for medicinal purposes.

The gynecologist Carolina Melendez reports that, currently, there is no medical recommendation for consumption, but if that is the mother’s will, there is no contraindication. “If that is the option, there is respect for the patient’s choice”. Carolina points out that she perceives a moment of “reconnection with female potency”. “It’s a reconnection with the potency of giving birth and the female potential of fertility at its most visceral.”

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