Kylie Padilla recently posted on Instagram a one-of-a-kind ring, a reminder of her bond with son Joaquin Alas. It has a drop of her breast milk, a part of the baby's umbilical cord, and a few strands of his hair.
She wrote, “In beloved memory of my first pregnancy. I had this ring made that contains breast milk, Alas’s cord and hair, and a bit of green sparkle to represent Peridot — August, Alas’s birth month.”
Kylie loved the idea of always having a piece of her son with her. “It’s just so sentimental to have becoming a mother turned into jewelry every time I look at it. Now I remember Alas and I have part of him with me everywhere I go. Thank you to my Doula Irina @irina_doula and @SacredElements.Jewellery."
Kylie's doula, Irina Otmakhova of Conscious Birth Manila, had gifted the actress umbilical cord art and placenta capsules after Kylie's childbirth. At the time, Kylie said of the gifts at the time, "I feel as if this whole journey was brought to a pleasant and spiritual close with the memorabilia of my and Alas's cord and, of course, the imprint of my placenta that kept him alive for nine months." She added that a mother's placenta contains "nutrients and magical healing powers" after birth.
We've interviewed Doula Irina before to get answers to the most common questions preggos and moms might have on placenta consumption, whether they're considering the practice or not. She studied placentophagy (consumption of the placenta) and placenta encapsulation methods with Placenta Benefits and International Association for Placenta and Postpartum (IPPA). She experienced its benefits first hand after giving birth in 2013. (Read what she has to say about placenta pills here.)
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Kylie's stepmom Mariel Padilla liked the idea of Kylie's latest jewelry and wanted the same kind of ring. “Oh wow! I wish I had one made for Isabella.”