Pondering placentophagy – part 1

5732280987_1aba56d7c4“A recent systematic review which looked at whether there are any benefits to placentophagy – the consumption of one’s placenta after birth – has concluded that there is no evidence of benefit or risk and that these require further investigation. In this article, I reflect on this practice and the responses to the review in the light of my own experiences. I note the alleged benefits of placentophagy but reflect upon how, in my experience, this is often carried out alongside other nutritional interventions and is thus hard to evaluate, either observationally or through research. In the second part of this article (to follow) I will continue this reflection and consider what options we have when we have no evidence.”

With thanks as ever to The Practising Midwife for letting me share my articles with you, here’s the article: Pondering placentophagy part 1.

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1 comment for “Pondering placentophagy – part 1

  1. Sara
    April 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    What is compelling to me is the total lack of tradition in other cultures of eating placenta. If it were something that were really helpful and necessary, there would be more historical evidence of it. Instead, proponents point to Chinese medicine but fail to specify that it was NOT tradition for mothers to consume the placenta, although they were sometimes saved and used for the treatment of wasting diseases in others. Many cultures had specific laws against eating placenta, and I feel that the one scripture in the Bible that mentions it is pretty negative. I wrote a blog post about it here:
    http://www.beyondbirthsupport.com/charlottesville-doula-musings/why-i-didnt-eat-my-placenta-or-encapsulate-it

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