Wisdom from a Midwife
The beginning of our lives, the beginning of our connection
to our maternal roots, the beginning of our worlds begins with the implantation
of the placenta. It is this divine structure that allows for the continuous growth
of the fetus from zygote to baby.
Our placenta communicates for us. “In the beginning there
was the word” (John 1:1). It is the placental language that speaks the words of
breath and food, filtering the waste products created by the baby and delivering
vital oxygen and nutrients to her.
The word placenta comes from the Latin word for cake. Like a
layered birthday cake, it is a cherished symbol of the beginning of a new life.
So, go ahead and eat your placenta. Or when blowing out the birthday candles on
your little one’s birth day and on the completion of its function, honor the
service it has provided at the start of a new year and a new life.
-Nile Sennett Nash RN, NP, CNM