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This Mom Left Her Placenta in a Park for a Birthday 'Holistic Ritual'

A year after giving birth, a Toronto-area mother wanted to return the placenta and other things "to nature." Why she would do that in a public park is anyone’s guess.

by Mack Lamoureux
Nov 28 2018, 9:16pm

Photo via Pixabay.

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.

On Monday, a dog walker found a scene that seemed to indicate that someone gave birth in a park and police made their way to Mississauga’s Sugar Maple Woods Park to investigate. Upon arriving at the scene, police found something that made them, in their own words, “concerned” and asked the public for their help.

“Police attended and found blood, forceps, and other evidence consistent with childbirth,” read their original release. “Peel Regional Police are concerned for the well-being of the mother and child.”

Police sent a unit to search the area and dispatched a canine unit to try and find out what went on. Well, we now know the answer and, turns out it’s not so much macabre as it is just a weird life decision.

Police said that after putting out their call for assistance they were contacted by a 27-year-old woman in regards to their findings. She told police that a year ago she had a home birth in Brampton, Ontario, with a midwife. After giving birth, she collected everything involved—this included the blood, forceps, umbilical cord, and placenta—and froze it.

Now, a year removed from the birth of her child she decided to conduct a, what police call, “holistic ritual” in which she would return all the frozen things “to nature.” Essentially she wanted the organic by-product of the birth to be able to decompose in nature. Sure, fine, but why she would pick a public park where someone would come across it is anyone’s guess. Police told CP24, the woman was contacted by family members who saw the story and told her that she probably should, you know, clear up what happened.

The woman and child were reportedly “in good health” at the time of the discovery—well, minus the fact she almost certainly named that kid Leaf or Flower or something.

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