I’m not normally one to be embarrassed by my own actions but I must admit I did find myself cringing into my glass of vino when I overheard hubby on the phone to his mother, rather proudly I might add, asking her if she's seen the photos of my placenta on Facebook… Yes, that’s right, my PLACENTA!
At this point you’re undoubtedly thinking I followed in the steps of Kim Kardashian and ate it but no, I popped it in the freezer alongside the fish fingers and frozen peas and, 6 sleep deprived months later, I finally defrosted it and got to work creating some beautiful placenta prints before planting it in a large terracotta pot with a beautiful olive tree that was gifted to me by my lovely mum and dad.
Phoebe was born at home on 12 June 2017 (Zodiac sign Gemini - symbolised the Twins...). A calm, powerful, intense, natural birth. I opted for a physiological third stage and delivered my placenta naturally. The midwives routinely checked the placenta and confirmed that they could see evidence of the lost twin. In the knowledge that my placenta had not only given life to my beautiful newborn daughter but also held the tiny remains of Phoebe's twin, it felt incredibly precious. I wasn't ready or able to part with it so, after doing a bit of research, made the decision to bury it (I chose to use a large terracotta pot so it can come with me if we ever move house) and plant an olive tree over it.
When the time came to get the sacred icecream tub out of the freezer and plant my precious placenta I couldn't help but create some prints, having taken inspiration from some beautiful images on Pinterest. The process of making the placenta prints was trickier than I had first anticipated and it took several attempts before I got a print that I was completely happy with. That said, I am still planning to work with the other placenta prints taken, tracing over the fine lines and texture with pen and ink to create more artistic images, drawing on the 'Tree of Life' concept.
I treasure my placenta print that now takes pride of place in my home and would be honoured to create placenta prints and keepsakes for others. If you're thinking of making your own placenta prints and would like some advice on how to do it and get the best results please just get in touch. Alternatively, if you are local to Bournemouth, I would be happy to work with you to create your own unique piece of placenta art.