Can we keep the placenta?

Yes, of course.  Many families like to commemorate the birth of their child by burying the placenta and planting a tree over it.  The placenta will nourish the growth of the tree, much like it nourished your baby in the womb.  Some new mothers choose to have the placenta dried and encapsulated, as taking the capsules may help with lactation and minimize fatigue and postpartum mood disorders.  We work with Lyndell Castro an established placenta encapsulation specialist. She will be able to assist you with encapsulating your placenta.  Let your midwife know if you would like to keep the placenta, and she can wrap it up for you in a couple of plastic bags and put it in your freezer until you are ready to use it.  If you prefer not to keep the placenta, you can dispose of it.