8 responses to “Placenta Prints”

  1. Harriet's Mama

    Thank-you so much for this post! What powerful art. We were planning to defrost our daughter’s placenta to plant on her first birthday, but I think it would be more us to make a painting rather than garden :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Sazz

    Hi Lisa,
    We are going to do a print of our daughter’s placenta on the first anniversary of her lotus birth, and I was wondering what you do with the placenta once you’ve finished painting? I don’t imagine a paint covered placenta would be very good for planting…but I don’t know of any other way to farewell the placenta from the freezer.
    Thanks in advance.

  3. Lisa Barrett

    You could wash it after painting and before planting. Mainly I’ve found that when defrosted you can just add water and that provides some juice. I’ve also used tumeric that’s just a spice so should be fine to bury. If you had a lotus was the placenta much decreased in size before freezing?

  4. Sazz

    Thanks! I suppose I’ll just have to work fast to make sure the paint doesn’t dry onto the placenta before we finish.

    Ours did not decrease very much, it is smaller, but not drastically smaller. It was also still a little juicy when it detached so I do expect to get some blood prints as well before using paint (I’m thinking of doing coloured ones on canvas.

  5. Karen

    I wish I had thought to make a print of our placentas. They both have lovely plants growing over them, though. My daughter was born in caul – in water – and I later read that at some time in history, the caul would have been preserved on paper. Thank you for your website. I’m finished birthing but I still enjoy reading and talking about it. Kaz.

  6. carla

    I am so glad I stumbled onto this website. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my placenta; I didn’t realize there were so many options but I am very artistic and will let my spirit lead. I am almost in tears thinking of the possibilities;

    Thank you from my placenta to yours.


  7. Moxie

    Wow! Amazing, I wish I had thought to do this. I have photographs of my placenta but it’s not the same as these wonderful works of art. If I am blessed again I will certainly preserve the memory this way.

    Which paper is best to use?

    Many blessings