The placenta is a miraculous organ, personally made for you and baby. Cultures all around the world honor the placenta in a variety of ways, including ingesting the placenta for easing postpartum healing and transition.
Ceremonial honoring of the placenta, including preparing the placenta to ingest, dates back thousands of years across the world. Many cultures had specific tradition around handling of the placenta, including burying it in or around the home, preparing medicines from it, or preparing meals from it for mom, baby, or family. Pieces of the placenta packed in the cheek have also been used as a folk remedy for slowing or stopping excessive bleeding after birth.
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