While wasting time on Twitter last night, I came across a truly unusual post on MOMformation about placenta teddy bears. That's right. I said placenta teddy bears. It is exactly what it sounds like - - a real placenta formed into the shape of a teddy bear.
Apparently, designer Alex Green will take your placenta and turn it into a teddy bear as a keepsake (see disturbing photo). According to the Inhabitots website,
Green's 'Twin Teddy Kit' 'celebrates the unity of the infant, the mother and the placenta,' and enables preparation of the placenta so it may be transformed into a teddy bear. The placenta must be cut in half and rubbed with sea salt to cure it. After it is dried out, it is treated with an emulsifying mixture of tannin and egg yolk to make it soft and pliable. Then, you craft it into a teddy bear.
Wow, sounds so simple to make a craft out of your own body part!
I must confess that I have inspected my placentas each time I gave birth. I was curious -- it is a fascinating item that sustained my babies for nine months. It looks very similar to a flank steak (it does). I also left mine at the hospital to be disposed of as biohazardous waste.
This isn't the only unusual use of a placenta that I have heard of. Some women ingest their placentas in pill form to ward off post-partum depression. Others plant a tree and bury the placenta underneath to nourish it.
But a placenta teddy bear? As a keepsake displayed on a shelf in your baby's nursery?
So what do you think? Is the placenta teddy bear something you would consider? Is this the perfect baby gift for your sister or best friend? Or are you feeling queasy just thinking about it like I am (the texture, the smell . . . . yuck).