My daughter Sianna is now 7 years old and still remembers her brothers birth like it was yesterday. She might have only been just 3 young years old, but it was a very important time in her life and she ‘had a job to do’. She was Mommy’s little helper during birth, rubbing my back, making sure the birth pool was warm and asking Mommy if she was ok. She stayed with me throughout and was more than eager to be a true part of the experience. She even understood that the placenta was ‘for Mommy’ and ‘Mommy is going to eat it’. And yes, I did, straight out of the womb, I ate a small piece of my placenta while Sianna sat with her new brother. The midwife may have thought I was strange but Sianna didn’t, she still believes it’s completely normal to eat your own placenta and even wonders how people can just throw theirs away.
With so many mothers consuming their own placentas, I often wonder what new siblings think of their mothers. Do they think we are weird? Are they old enough to even understand there is a taboo surrounding what we do? Or do they not even care (teenagers)? It’s funny how my son, who is now 4, will say ‘ewe’ to placentas if he happens to be with me when I collect from my clients. He seems to have a rejection to placentas, even though I consumed his, he has less personal experience with them. But my daughter who witnessed her brothers birth and shared her Mommy’s raw placenta smoothie just 1 hour later, she has a nurturing place in her heart for placentas and is equally intrigued by them too. My daughter is hoping to have twin girls when she’s older (bless her-if she only knew) and wants to have two placenta smoothies, two jars of capsules and she often enquiries with me to ensure I will be there to make all her remedies, I always ensure her, yes, indeed, I will make her placentas into many types of healing remedies suited just for her. This immediately puts a smile on her face, and mine.
What did your son/daughter think of you when you consumed your new baby’s placenta? Did they comment? Did you choose not to tell them?
We’d love to hear your stories…please share. 😉 Lynnea Shrief IPEN Director and Founder