Skip to comments.New moms eating their placentas in attempt to beat post-partum depression
Posted on 04/12/2013 6:07:33 AM PDT by Loyalist
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Susan Stewart collects fresh human placentas, takes them home and steams them with lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper. Once cooked, she puts the organs in a dehydrator overnight then grinds them and measures the powder out into gel capsules.
The service the Calgary single mother makes a living at this costs about $200.
Within a day, she presents new moms with their placentas in pill form an average human placenta yields about 150 capsules with promises of renewed energy, better lactation and no post-partum depression. They keep indefinitely.
Placenta-eating has gained some cachet among the natural-birth set, including Mad Mens January Jones. Ms. Stewart said she became interested in it in 2009, after she was knocked down by depression following the birth of her first child, and she could see little downside from trying it.
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"dang.....I wish they would flush"
WTF???Was chocolate not enough to help them get over their depression???
Being a male, I can’t make claims one way or the other on this, but other mammals eat the placentae after birth. Regardless of the verity of these claims, it seems to be something that’s natural from an animal nature perspective.
I think that it is keep predators from knowing there is a newborn around.
One thing that separates humans from animals is that humans resist doing many of the things that come naturally to animals.
There has to be some sort of nutritional value to it as well. I’d have to imagine it helps to re-energize the birth mother after labor or at least help to replace some of the vitamins, minerals, and fluids lost during birth.
Man I was there to catch our son when he came out.
You gots to be one sicko to eat that mess.
We ARE still animals when you consider it biologically. I'm not saying it palatable or comfortable to think about, but it's as natural as any other thing we get from the body.
Bwahahahahahahahaha! Just laughed my Marlboro right out of my mouth into my lap. Ouch!
dog eat their own vomit too
From the article:
Not only are mothers not attracted to the placenta, theyre pretty much revolted by it
Otherwise, human mammals, along with dolphins and some higher primates, are alone in rejecting the habit.
We stopped doing it before recorded history, apparently. And we would have to conclude that there was something about it that was not only not beneficial, but somehow deleterious, or somehow maladaptive or harmful, he said.
The placenta comes flying out. At least I didn’t drop the camera.
I just Googled this topic and found Placenta Recipes
you are nuts fer shur
Some also eat their crap and vomit!! This is DISGUSTING.
Yeh! Where’d all the witch doctors and bones go!?
Ms. Stewart..single mom..eating placentas..it’s the new way.
Not an expert, but having kiddos and raising a family without a Father probably doesn’t help with depression issues.
Post-partum depression might be aggravated by a culture of death that devalues motherhood and makes a woman think that being a mother makes her less of a person.
Cats and dogs do it, maybe it does work.
Laraine: By the way, are you planning to eat the placenta?
Gilda: Youre kidding! You mean the afterbirth?
Laraine: Thats right. Many mammals eat their own placenta. Its nutritious, its 100 percent natural, and now that youre going to have a family, youve got to watch your food budget more than ever. And theres no cheaper meat than placenta.
Gilda: But is there enough placenta to make a complete meal for my husband and myself?
Laraine: Not if your husband has a hearty appetite like mine. And thats why you need Placenta Helper.
Gilda: Placenta Helper?
Laraine: Thats right. Placenta Helper lets you stretch your placenta into a tasty casserole. [Holds up a box of Placenta Helper.] Like Placenta Romanoffa zesty blend of cheeses makes for the zingy sauce that Russian czars commanded at palace feasts. Or Placenta Oriental. An exotic mixture of oriental vegetables and exotic herbs and spices creates an exotic meal. Look, you can have placenta only once every nine months. Why not make a rare occasion, a rare occasion?
[CUT TO: Gildas kitchen. John Belushi, as her husband, has just finished his placenta casserole.]
John: Ummm. That was great. Lets have Placenta Helper every night.
Gilda: Oh, honey!
I don’t think I ever saw a dog or cat sitting in a psych’s waiting room awaiting their appointment...so maybe you’re right!
The skit never made it past the censors........I have a feeling that skit could have only come from the warped mind of the late, great Michael O’Donoghue.
Other animals also eat their own vomit and feces. There’s a reason we don’t imitate them.
Do you understand why they do that, though? It’s not because they like the taste!
For instance, rabbits eat their excrement, because their bodies did not digest all of the nutrients on the first pass. Dogs eat their vomit to reingest lost nutrients. Fecal matter is much the same. If an animal is well-fed, they will not opt for vomit or feces as a meal. In the wild, however, that may be the only meal they get for a while.
It’s similar to survival tactics in many ways. Your urine can serve to keep you hydrated in an emergency situation. Your feces, not so much. There’s a reason it’s called “waste.”
Placenta is not explicitly waste, it’s “leftover biomass.” There’s nothing found to be caustic or deadly to humans in after birth, it’s just not something for which we’ve concocted recipes.
“Do you understand why they do that, though?”
It doesn’t matter. You see, we have this thing called “civilization”, and one of the ground rules is, we don’t model our behavior on that of animals. Well, at least that’s how it used to work.
Hence my comment that if a dog is well-fed by a human, they won’t resort to eating vomit or feces. They will, however, almost always consume their placenta.
"Not raw, not raw.
A few carrots, some potatoes,
A little broccoli."
Well I am feeling a bit peckish.
Okay, that’s it. We have officially lost our minds!
Hang in there...something will come along to top this in no time...
Wow I brought out the nope button. I’m honored sir
Straight out of Whole Earth Catalog
Paging Stewart Brand
We need more kittens. Cute ones. STAT.
Imho, any woman who would do this already has a mental health problem.
Don’t worry, something worse will come along.
Can I run to the head to get sick, or should I just vomit all over the floor right here?