Did you know I also foundered and own Earth Friendly Cocoons? I handcraft biodegradable cocoons for burial of your placenta - giving back to the earth to enrich another life. Since 2012 I have created hundreds of cocoons for many families around the world!
So many families are embracing this long standing, world wide tradition again. It's not just a NZ tradition, many cultures around the world the placenta was seen as the baby's spirit guide helping the child navigate the birth and then returning and connecting after death. Placenta burial was also considered as a sacred connector of the child to his birth place or heritage. It was also to bestow blessing or protection for the child's future. An item representing the future calling, was often buried with the placenta.
Lots of families not only to bury their placenta and holding a ceremony for family and friends but they also choose to plant a tree on top. Ceremonies can be as simple as re-telling the birth story and thanking the placenta for supporting life. They can be elaborate and include poems, stories, and planting additional items as symbols.
Most of us will have memories or a connection with a tree from our childhood. Eating the fruit, swinging or climbing in the branches, playing in their shade, sharing picnics and BBQ's.
We are grateful for their calming and peaceful yet strong presence and the important role they play in the protection of our world. They are vital in maintaining the balance of our climate and our fragile ego system. Trees are our future from storing the carbon of green house gases to nurturing animal and insect life and medicines we know and are yet to be discovered.
If you are interested in burying your placenta or would like to know more, please follow the link below. I recommend you order your cocoon 4 - 5 weeks before your estimated due date (it takes about a week to be created and posted to you), you will need it 'on hand' about 2 - 3 weeks before your due date.
Or, if you have yours sitting in an ice cream container in the freezer, you can still bury it anytime you like.