Planting a Placenta Tree: A Magical Tribute to Your Baby’s Birth

Planting a Placenta Tree: A Magical Tribute to Your Baby’s Birth

The moment a baby enters the world is truly remarkable, and many parents seek unique ways to honor this special occasion. One beautiful way to celebrate the miracle of life is by planting a placenta tree. Not only does this act symbolize the end of a cycle—the nine months of being inside the womb and the subsequent nine months in the world—it also serves as a powerful tribute to the life-giving organ that sustains babies. So, if you’re expecting, I highly recommend considering what to do with your placenta and preserving it for a meaningful purpose.

The Revered Placenta

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In cultures around the world, the placenta holds immense importance. It is believed to be a source of nutrients and a symbol of life itself. As someone who deeply respects the role of the placenta, I encourage expecting mothers to give it the reverence it deserves.

Your Options with the Placenta

When it comes to your placenta, you have numerous choices. You can create capsules or tinctures for yourself, known for their potential to reduce postnatal depression and aid in recovery. Alternatively, you can make capsules or tinctures for your baby, which can help during times of illness. Another option is to transform your placenta into a one-of-a-kind piece of art, such as a placenta canvas.

If you opt for capsules or tinctures, it’s essential to plan ahead and consult a specialist in placenta encapsulation. While booking their services in advance is advisable, remember that you can always freeze the placenta and have capsules made at a later date. Just remember that the placenta must be refrigerated within three hours of birth to preserve its use for tinctures or capsules.

In my own journey, my husband and I chose to plant our baby’s placenta and hold a tree-planting ceremony. Although I considered having capsules made during pregnancy, we decided on a lotus birth, which involves keeping the cord and placenta attached to the baby for six hours after birth. This allows the baby to receive maximum nutrients and energy from the placenta. As a result, by the time my husband cut the cord, it had turned completely white—a satisfying indication that our baby received all the benefits of cord blood. However, this meant that we missed the window for safely making placenta capsules. Nevertheless, I am delighted that we found a special way to celebrate our baby’s birth by planting a tree as a family.

Planting a Placenta Tree for Your Baby: 5 Tips

Here are five tips for planting a placenta tree in honor of your baby’s birth:

  1. Choose a Location: Decide on a location for planting the tree. If you own your home and plan to stay there long-term, you can plant it in the ground. Alternatively, you can choose a family member’s garden. If you’re renting or unsure about your current home, consider potting the tree. Select a pot with a minimum height and diameter of 40cm, ensuring it has drainage holes. Opt for terracotta or plastic pots, with the latter being easier to transplant later.

  2. Select a Tree: Choose a tree suitable for your region and the time of year. Citrus trees, such as lemon trees, are an excellent choice as they fruit year-round and can be transplanted during autumn.

  3. Plant Baby’s Tree: Defrost your placenta by removing it from the freezer a day before planting. If planting in the ground, bury the placenta deep (half a meter) to prevent animals from reaching it. If using a pot, place a layer of soil at the bottom, add the placenta, and cover it with soil and organic fertilizer. Make the planting ceremony special by incorporating rituals, such as reading a poem, using incense or bells, and involving your baby in a meaningful way.

  4. Care for Baby’s Tree: Water the tree immediately after planting to help the roots establish. Water it 2-3 times in the first week and once a week thereafter, adjusting according to the tree type and location. If you’re using a pot, replace the top third layer of soil with fresh soil annually and use organic fertilizer. Prune the tree in autumn, cutting back longer spindly branches and ensuring there are no cross branches.

  5. Teach Baby About Their Tree: Share the magic of the tree with your baby by reading books that tell the story of their special tree. For example, “My Tree” by Birth to Earth is a wonderful choice. Additionally, spend time with your baby near the tree each day, fostering a connection and allowing them to witness the growth and blossoming of the tree.

Remember, every placenta tree is a unique reflection of the family’s love and celebration of life. If you know someone who is pregnant or has their placenta stored away, share this article and pass on the placenta love!

Feel free to share your own placenta stories in the comments below. We’d love to hear how you honored the miracle of life and inspired other mothers.

Planting a Placenta Tree: A Magical Tribute to Your Baby’s Birth


Elizabeth Santos is a holistic physiotherapist, naturopath, and author who experienced the miracle of home birthing in 2015. She resides in the Adelaide hills with her loving family.

Planting a Placenta Tree: A Magical Tribute to Your Baby’s Birth

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