A Very Special Memento
In addition to the placenta teddy bear mentioned above, there are myriad ways to preserve a lovely token of your miraculous life-giving power. You could plant it beneath a tree like Matthew McConaughey, but that seems so boring. A much better – a more show-offable option: The Placenta Print!
Instructions abound on the Internet for this clever little craft, but my favorite can be found at ehow.com. They start with a very helpful list of Things You’ll Need:
• Placenta [well duh!]
• Good quality art paper
• Ink pad (optional)
Then the instructions are simple and easy! Starting with “Defrost your placenta if it’s been frozen by placing it in a refrigerator or a cool oven. Make sure you’ve put it into a large container or bowl since the placenta will be messy as it defrosts.”
Yikes! Keep those paper towels handy! And most of all … be careful you don’t turn the oven up too high!
From there you merely plop the placenta, vein side (that’s the side “against mom,” silly!) down, onto a piece of paper (good quality, obviously!). Or – you can wash all the blood off and use a giant ink pad instead. Totally up to you! Just be sure you get a nice frame!
For some good pictures of this project, you can visit birthspool.blogspot.com — where an insightful commenter asks: “Can the placenta still be cooked and eaten or does the ink ruin it for this purpose?”
Which brings us to option # 2 …