Afterbirth: It's What's For Dinner

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Some practitioners believe that consuming the placenta after birth prevents postpartum depression and encourages milk production in new mothers.

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A VERY funny article by a new father dealing with his wife's belief in eating her placenta afterbirth.

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1908194,00.html

I had no idea you could hire a placenta chef to come over and cook the afterbirth and then put it in pill form for the mother. Professionally they are called a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.

A must see vidio how it's done. Filmed by the father, it's a real hoot.

http://www.time.com/time/video?bcpid=14836775001&bctid=27457107001

blt3535

25 Posts

wow. I don't know that I could do that after watching the video!

Very very interesting though- thanks for the post!

AnnieNHRN

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hilarious! thanks for sharing!

Whispera, MSN, RN

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Eating placenta is a common practice in some cultures (can't remember which ones though). I sure that's where this idea came from!

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sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

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nerdtonurse?, BSN, RN

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I'm really showing my age, but Saturday Night Live, back in the first season, had a skit on "placenta helper." I was a kid, and used to sneak into the den to watch it after everyone else had gone to bed....

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

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As I've said before many times, I don't know that I could eat it, but in countries where there is not a ready supply of protein- and iron-rich food, it's not a bad way to restore your iron stores postpartum.

Some homebirth midwives, I've heard, have mom eat raw chunks of placenta to help stop postpartum hemorrhage.

DroogieRN

304 Posts

Some homebirth midwives, I've heard, have mom eat raw chunks of placenta to help stop postpartum hemorrhage.

There are recipes online that I have seen. I'm not knocking it -- there might even be something to it. But I have to say, you lost me at "raw." :barf01:

mizfradd, CNA

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okaaaay, i agree there could be some truth to it all, but after watching that....

please excuse me while i use my brain bleach! brainbleach.gif

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hmm, also just wondering how the placenta lady advertises and how one gets into that particular profession?!

Anxious Patient

524 Posts

I read that one of the reasons animals may eat their placenta is to eliminate any clues to preditors that vulnerable newborns are in the area. How smart is that. :paw::paw::paw:

hallcrest

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i kind of joked with my wife that we were going to eat hers...then i saw the damn thing. no thanks! :nono:

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

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I hear it tastes pretty much like hamburger.

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