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Discussion about placenta encapsulation/eating.

Must say I was quite surprised when I read about it today. Sounds a bit bizarre- but I am ready to listen to the arguments for. In the 70s, one of the obs consultant at our local hospital used to take placentas home for his compost heap. Until he had a car accident - and the cops advised him it was not a good idea. He said his vegetables loved the stuff as it is very rich in nutrients!
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Must say I was quite surprised when I read about it today. Sounds a bit bizarre- but I am ready to listen to the arguments for. In the 70s, one of the obs consultant at our local hospital used to take placentas home for his compost heap. Until he had a car accident - and the cops advised him it was not a good idea. He said his vegetables loved the stuff as it is very rich in nutrients!
There are also people that drink morning urine. It is not my thing but if you believe in it, then why not.

IMO, taking home placentas from a hospital for a compost heap is pretty sick...
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Old 05.05.2011, 22:31
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Like I said before, I didn't actually eat it, but I was really considering the idea.
Maybe in the end I did think I couldn't bare to eat something that came out of me. Maybe I thought it was disgusting, or maybe because I was embarrassed to ask to take it home and cook it. I'm not sure.

I suppose some people find it barbaric, but maybe in the future breastfeeding will be looked upon the same... I mean some people now find the idea of breastfeeding disgusting. To say there's no need to eat the placenta is the exact same thing people say about breast feeding... that your baby will get all that it needs in formula milk.

Maybe if we ate the placenta, baby blues would not exist.

The point is, it would feel weird to do it today unless you had contacts with people who had done it before... because people in this culture aren't really used to it.

I think putting it in pill form is a good idea for people of this day and age. As long as nothing is added, then what's the harm. Surely if it benefits you or your baby in some minute way, it's worth it.
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There are also people that drink morning urine. It is not my thing but if you believe in it, then why not.

IMO, taking home placentas from a hospital for a compost heap is pretty sick...
The midwife where I had my son was telling me they had a practice in the maternity wings (which had since been banned) where the midwife delivering the baby would keep a bit of the creamy vernix from the baby and whatever had come out of mum and smear it a bit on their faces. Reckoned it was the best beauty cream.
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Re: Discussion about placenta encapsulation/eating.

Encapsulation is a concept that I have never heard of here in the US; I have read that some people do cook/eat the placenta. I have heard of many more instances of people taking the placenta home from the hospital with them and planting it into the ground with a tree that will then grow in tandem with the baby. A bit easier on the stomach, I suppose, but I always wondered about the inevitable instances where the young tree dies at a later date due to underwatering, pests, or whatever common cause that might kill a tree. I would think that might be a bit eerie.

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Like I said before, I didn't actually eat it, but I was really considering the idea.
Maybe in the end I did think I couldn't bare to eat something that came out of me. Maybe I thought it was disgusting, or maybe because I was embarrassed to ask to take it home and cook it. I'm not sure.

I suppose some people find it barbaric, but maybe in the future breastfeeding will be looked upon the same... I mean some people now find the idea of breastfeeding disgusting. To say there's no need to eat the placenta is the exact same thing people say about breast feeding... that your baby will get all that it needs in formula milk.

Maybe if we ate the placenta, baby blues would not exist.

The point is, it would feel weird to do it today unless you had contacts with people who had done it before... because people in this culture aren't really used to it.

I think putting it in pill form is a good idea for people of this day and age. As long as nothing is added, then what's the harm. Surely if it benefits you or your baby in some minute way, it's worth it.
I don't get your logic - the placenta nourishes the baby before birth and the breast milk nourishes the baby after birth. The mother is kind of out of this loop and is just the provider of each of these nourishments. So why should she consume either of these?

The placenta has done its job and is then discarded then the colostrum and later the breast milk takes over after birth.
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Re: Discussion about placenta encapsulation/eating.

The thing is:

Most animals eat their newborn placenta.

I don't know why but it's interesting!
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Re: Discussion about placenta encapsulation/eating.

There was a cooking programme on TV in the UK a few years ago where a chef went to someone's house and helped them with a recipe and to cook the placenta.

I'll google it ....

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/t...es-3/episode-5

It didn't go down too well (revel in the pun!)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/101944.stm
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Re: Discussion about placenta encapsulation/eating.

I thought I had an open mind.... I am apparently not.
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I don't get your logic - the placenta nourishes the baby before birth and the breast milk nourishes the baby after birth. The mother is kind of out of this loop and is just the provider of each of these nourishments. So why should she consume either of these?

The placenta has done its job and is then discarded then the colostrum and later the breast milk takes over after birth.
Firstly, I didn't say the mother 'should' consume anything. I am merely defending the idea of eating it, as I guess the general idea is that it's not necessary and disgusting to do so. I certainly didn't say anything about the mother drinking her own breastmilk... but then again people do, and they can feed their friends kids, and even keep their milk supply until they have grand children.

I was trying to use the example of people who believe breast feeding is unneccessary. Not really a good example if you didn't understand it.

I don't think it's a bad thing to eat it. If it could elimate post partum blues, then it's a great idea. If you can make it into pills and pop a couple for a few weeks to help your mental health, maybe physical health why not!
Yes it's weird in this day and age to eat something that came from you, but perhaps it's actually less disgusting than eating a piece of ham that's made its way round a factory, or infact a sausage that's made of bits and pieces from from inside another creature...

At least you know what you've put in your own body!
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Re: Discussion about placenta encapsulation/eating.

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The midwife where I had my son was telling me they had a practice in the maternity wings (which had since been banned) where the midwife delivering the baby would keep a bit of the creamy vernix from the baby and whatever had come out of mum and smear it a bit on their faces. Reckoned it was the best beauty cream.
Just search in google "placenta face cream"
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Re: Discussion about placenta encapsulation/eating.

Yes but in the case of the placenta (in opposition of breastmilk) is that you must have it out of your body because it can make you sick imho if not killing you if some pieces are still inside your uterus.

This is why doctors are making it a big deal to look and make sure all of it is out.

So since the placenta stop to do what he was doing when you were pregnant, what would be the point to eat it?
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I thought I had an open mind.... I am apparently not.
Same here. I can't continue eating my Cranberry-milk Laederach chocolate cause I'm getting grossed out now
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Same here. I can't continue eating my Cranberry-milk Laederach chocolate cause I'm getting grossed out now
*make mental note - get free chocolate by going up to women eating it and asking them whether they've had stir-fried placenta before*
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Re: Discussion about placenta encapsulation/eating.

Thanks for that.. I think it's rather nice to hear about how she enjoyed her meal...

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While eating it, I thought a lot about what my pregnancy had demanded of me all those months -- how careful I'd been in my diet, trying to give my body and baby only the best, how I practiced relaxation techniques to encourage a stress-free environment for my baby in her internal world, and how all that careful attention had resulted in this healthy organ and subsequently healthy baby girl.
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The thing is:

Most animals eat their newborn placenta.

I don't know why but it's interesting!
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So since the placenta stop to do what he was doing when you were pregnant, what would be the point to eat it?
Are you seriously asking?

Simply because it is full of nutrients that would help a mother recovering from birth. The amount of iron/blood in there is massive, as well as tissue protein.

Hence, animals (i.e. the mother who has just been through an unaided delivery, with none of the fancy drugs we have and will be weak through exhaustion) eat the placeta post birth.

The point, however, is that in the West with current food standards etc, malnutrition is not an issue. If you were stuck somewhere where you didn't have enough food... you might think twice about turning your nose up at a little sautÚd placenta

C'mon, this is biology 101 stuff.
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Firstly, I didn't say the mother 'should' consume anything. I am merely defending the idea of eating it, as I guess the general idea is that it's not necessary and disgusting to do so. I certainly didn't say anything about the mother drinking her own breastmilk... but then again people do, and they can feed their friends kids, and even keep their milk supply until they have grand children.

I was trying to use the example of people who believe breast feeding is unneccessary. Not really a good example if you didn't understand it.

I don't think it's a bad thing to eat it. If it could elimate post partum blues, then it's a great idea. If you can make it into pills and pop a couple for a few weeks to help your mental health, maybe physical health why not!
Yes it's weird in this day and age to eat something that came from you, but perhaps it's actually less disgusting than eating a piece of ham that's made its way round a factory, or infact a sausage that's made of bits and pieces from from inside another creature...

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Are you seriously asking?

Simply because it is full of nutrients that would help a mother recovering from birth. The amount of iron/blood in there is massive, as well as tissue protein.

Hence, animals (i.e. the mother who has just been through an unaided delivery, with none of the fancy drugs we have and will be weak through exhaustion) eat the placeta post birth.

The point, however, is that in the West with current food standards etc, malnutrition is not an issue. If you were stuck somewhere where you didn't have enough food... you might think twice about turning your nose up at a little sautÚd placenta

C'mon, this is biology 101 stuff.

Of course eating it if there is nothing else makes sense but I fail to see the health benefits by "pop[ping] a couple [of pills] for a few weeks". I'm sticking to the placebo effect theory.
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Are you seriously asking?

Simply because it is full of nutrients that would help a mother recovering from birth. The amount of iron/blood in there is massive, as well as tissue protein.

Hence, animals (i.e. the mother who has just been through an unaided delivery, with none of the fancy drugs we have and will be weak through exhaustion) eat the placeta post birth.

The point, however, is that in the West with current food standards etc, malnutrition is not an issue. If you were stuck somewhere where you didn't have enough food... you might think twice about turning your nose up at a little sautÚd placenta

C'mon, this is biology 101 stuff.
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