Eating Your Placenta. Why? How? Ummm–Seriously?!?!

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My friend Genevieve Howland, aka Mama Natural, is sharing 2 amazing things with you all today.  First is the idea of Eating Placenta.

Ummmm—really?  Well, yes.  Really.

Eating your Placenta is something that was not on my radar when I had my babies, but since then I have read about it and the potential benefits of it numerous times.  And I've wondered–if I were going to have another baby….

Would I?  Could I?

Whether you're thinking this is “way out there” and “totally disgusting”, I encourage you to have an open mind and read what Genevieve has to say about it. 

Genevieve has also just come out with this amazing book that is poised to change the face of pregnancy and childbirth–for the better. The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth.

She was kind enough to share an excerpt from the book below–regarding Eating Placenta. What do you think??  


“Please tell me you're joking”, my husband said, staring at me in disbelief.

“We’re the only mammals who don’t eat it . . .” I replied in the most convincing tone I could muster.

“Right,” he sighed. “But we’re also the only mammals who drive cars and leave tips at restaurants.”

Oh, my poor husband. Papa Natural had come so far after the birth of our son. From wearing our newborn in a baby carrier to scraping poop off cloth diapers, he’d embraced just about every crunchy practice I’d brought into our home.

But now I was pregnant with Baby #2 and eating my placenta, I guess, was just too much for him.

I couldn’t blame him.

To be honest, the idea of eating my placenta was a little too much for me during my first pregnancy.

I mean, sure, I’d heard that placentophagy was supposedly an ancient practice—dried human placenta has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. And humans really are some of the only mammals that don’t consume the placenta immediately after birth. (Granted, some experts believe it’s only eaten to hide traces of birth from predators in the wild—admittedly not something I’d have to worry about at the birth center.)

I also knew that popping “placenta pills” had become all the rage in pop culture. Stars, including January Jones and Kim Kardashian, raved about surges of energy and increased breast milk production, sparking a major, worldwide trend.

All of a sudden, placenta recipes were flooding the internet. New mamas could even flip through one of several placenta-themed cookbooks!

But is the placenta really a postpartum miracle drug, or is eating it just . . . gross?

This time around, I had to find out.

Placenta and Umbilical Cord Illustration - Mama Natural's Pregnancy and Childbirth Book

Why would any woman eat her placenta?

During pregnancy, baby will pull all the nutrients he needs from his mother—whether she has enough to spare or not. This is, of course, why adequate nutrition is so vitally important for mamas-to-be (growing a baby is really tough work).

Unfortunately, our depleted soils yield produce that’s less healthy than it once was. Feedlot cattle, chickens, turkeys, and pigs, meanwhile, are less nutrient-dense than pasture-raised animals. Add in the prevalence of processed, fried, and refined foods, and it’s no wonder many women have some level of nutritional deficiency even before they get pregnant. And once they do give birth, the demands on their bodies are nowhere near over. (Breastfeeding alone, for example, burns up to 500 calories a day!)

Even the World Health Organization recommends spacing pregnancies between two and five years apart, so that mama has adequate time to rebuild her energy stores.

For these reasons and more, some people swear by human placentophagy.

Have you heard Crunchy Mamas talk about Eating Placenta? It sounds gross, but it's TRUE! Here's Why You Might Want to and How to do it!

Benefits of Eating Placenta

It’s thought that eating the placenta after childbirth can provide:

A Hormonal Boost

During pregnancy your body is chock-a-block full of surging hormones, but almost immediately after birth, those hormones plummet.

Progesterone and estrogen, in particular, remain low until the return of your menstrual period—and that could take months or even years, as some women don’t begin menstruating again until they’ve stopped breastfeeding.

These hormonal highs and lows are the reason some new mamas feel tired, sluggish, weepy, emotional, or just plain bummed out after birth; they also may be a contributing factor in the eventual onset of postpartum depression.

The placenta, however, is full of hormones, including estrogen and progesterone (which are produced by the placenta), as well as oxytocin (which crosses the placenta during labor). It’s thought that ingesting the organ, then, may alleviate some of that hormonal whiplash.

The placenta also contains prolactin, the hormone that triggers breast milk production, which is likely why mamas who eat it often experience a surge of milk and faster letdown.

A Nutrient Boost

In addition to hormones, the placenta contains vitamins and minerals, including iron and vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, as well as amino acids and essential fats, which makes perfect sense when you think about it, since one of the main functions of the placenta is to deliver nutrients to the baby while in utero.

It’s thought that ingesting the placenta, therefore, might replenish some of the nutrients that were depleted during pregnancy and childbirth.

A Healing Boost

Preserving or “banking” the blood from a newborn’s umbilical cord has become a routine part of childbirth for a growing number of parents. But cord blood isn’t the only source of life-giving stem cells.

The placenta is loaded with these biological building blocks, too, which is one reason why the practice of placentophagy may speed up healing of the uterus after childbirth, as well as decrease postpartum bleeding.

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What other mamas say about eating their placentas…

Here are some comments by real mamas who's eaten their placentas–and lived to tell about it :).

Kimberly: I’ve had my placenta encapsulated after each of three pregnancies, and I would definitely recommend it. The first time around it really seemed to help with mood swings and depression. As time went on, however, I did have to stop taking the pills because the hormones made me a bit dizzy.

Felicity: I had my placenta encapsulated after the birth of my first (and only) baby. True, I have nothing to compare it to, but my energy, mood, milk supply, and recovery were all amazing—I attribute lots of that to taking my placenta.

Clair: I had to cut back on the number of pills I was taking because I started to become engorged, but once I made the adjustment, I felt great! Leslie: I was in the hospital for five days postpartum because my son was in the NICU, so I didn’t get my pills until day 5—and honestly, I didn’t notice much of a difference. However, I do take the pills from time to time when I need a boost of energy or know that my day is going to be stressful, and they really help!

Thoughts from a placenta encapsulator

My friend Maura Winkler is a registered nurse and placenta encapsulator; here's what she has to say:

True, there’s very little research to confirm the supposed benefits (or, conversely, the potential risks) of placentophagy, but one small report published in Ecology of Food and Nutrition in 2013 has always stood out: in a survey of 189 women who consumed their placentas after birth, 95 percent rated their experience as either “positive” or “very positive,” and a whopping 98 percent intended to repeat the experience after subsequent births. I have to say, I’m not that surprised. The placenta is beautifully complex even though it’s only a temporary organ, meant to sustain just a single pregnancy.

The precision and care your body takes to grow the placenta is just as awe-inspiring as the work that goes into growing a baby. And, sure, I’m a little biased. The placenta, which is said to resemble a “tree of life,” is my favorite organ, and I’m a professional encapsulator.

But I can tell you that not one of my clients has ever regretted having ingested her placenta.

Are the benefits of eating your placenta real or just placebo effect?

It wasn’t until I’d heard from so many other natural mamas—women who had struggled with postpartum depression or low milk supply or low energy or insomnia, who raved about the miracles of placentophagy—that I opened my mind (and eventually my stomach) to the idea.

Could such claims really be true?

Unfortunately, it’s hard to know for sure, because the evidence we have to support such claims is almost entirely anecdotal. There is virtually no scientific or clinical evidence that women who consume the placenta will reap a hormonal or nutritional benefit, and the practice has plenty of detractors.

What are the “cons” of eating your placenta?

Consuming toxins?

Since the placenta is a filtration organ, for example, responsible for removing waste and preventing toxins from reaching baby while in utero, it’s possible that it may retain toxins, just as it retains vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. (Though you could argue the opposite, too, since it’s the placenta’s job to send waste to the kidneys and bowel for removal.)

Lack of regulation

Certainly, there’s no regulation of placentophagy by the FDA. Some doctors and other experts have raised concerns about possible contamination by bacteria or viruses if the placenta is not handled and stored properly (as would be necessary with any raw protein).

But the flip side of that coin?

There’s no evidence that consuming the placenta is bad for you, either.

Weird reactions

Not every mom reacts positively to eating her placenta. In fact, my own experience with my encapsulated placenta wasn't 100% great, so I stopped taking the pills after a few days. I do know plenty of women who swear by eating their placentas though.

“Okay, I want to give placentophagy a try. What’s my first step?”

Whether you’re planning to whip up some placenta smoothies or ingest the placenta in capsule form, you'll want to start by:

Researching Your Hospital or Birth Center’s Placenta Policy

As placentophagy becomes increasingly popular, more and more hospitals across the country have begun to facilitate safe transport of the organ. Laws have been passed allowing mamas to take possession of their placentas after birth (albeit in only three states). Some alternative birth centers may even package up your placenta for you.

But don’t just show up on D-Day and expect that there will be no issues.

Your hospital may out- right refuse to let you take it, may require you to sign a liability waiver first, or may only allow you to take the organ after having secured a court order.

The point is, you need to know before you go.

Find an Encapsulator

Make sure you’re hiring a professional who’s received formal training. (Believe it or not, there are some rogue encapsulators out there who learned the technique via YouTube.)

An easy way to separate the pros from the amateurs? Ask your prospective encapsulator about her experience working with blood-borne pathogens, and see if she’ll give you a quick rundown of the process she uses to clean her equipment.

Bonus points if the service she provides comes with several options:

  • Is she proficient in both raw and traditional preparations?
  • Does she offer add-ons, such as tinctures?
  • Will she prepare the placenta in your home?

More and more birth doulas are becoming trained in placenta encapsulation through a slew of national agencies. Ask your doula if she’s received training, or visit PlacentaBenefits.info or ProDoula.com to find a specialist near you.

Here's a video and post on placenta encapsulation from start to finish where you can see the process.

Add “Save My Placenta” to Your Birth Plan

Hospitals and birth centers dispose of the placenta as they would any other bio-hazardous medical waste, so you’ll want to make sure everyone involved knows not to toss yours in the trash!

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Arrange for Safe Storage

The placenta can breed bacteria if it’s not handled properly.

As quickly as possible after birth, it should be sealed in an airtight plastic bag, placed inside a food-grade plastic storage container, and refrigerated or put on ice (which means you might need to bring a mini cooler with you to the hospital or birth center).

The placenta should be transferred to the encapsulator within two to three days (you can wait a bit longer if it’s been frozen).

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  1. I would have to agree with those who say ingesting the placenta is cannibalism. Deut. 28:56-58 in the New King James actually uses the word “placenta”. In the King James, NIV, NASB, Complete Jewish Bible, 1599 Geneva Bible, Orthodox Jewish Bible, even The Message version, in the same passage links eating the placenta/ afterbirth with eating the child. I don’t use all of those versions myself, but if that passage is translated almost the same in each one, it should be obvious that it’s not something God-fearing people should be doing. Eating anything that is human flesh is cannibalism. (vaccines grown from human tissue and injected into the body is a form of cannibalism, but I’m not going there)
    Now, as for the health benefits: couldn’t you get the same vitamins/ minerals from animal liver? It too is loaded with b vitamins and iron. I would not suggest eating it raw. There are too many Bible passages to list here that command Christians and Jews to not consume blood. (go to Bible Gateway and look up blood, placenta, afterbirth, etc.) Unless you’re cooking your placenta, it would be considered raw, too, and you would be consuming blood.
    All of that aside, if you are a pagan or non-Christian, being concerned with whether or not it’s okay to eat the placenta is a side issue. More important than that is to get right with the God Who made you and your babies. He came to earth as a baby, walk the earth as a Man, died on a cross to save us from our sins, rose from the grave on the 3rd day, and is in Heaven now awaiting the final day to return for His bride. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, repent of your sins, confess your sins, and be baptized in the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Read your Bible. Find a good congregation of believers with whom to fellowship. May the blessings of God be on those who find Him.

    • Hi Mrs. D. I appreciate your reading and commenting.

      If you can I would appreciate your reading the references that I linked to in the comments. Cannibalism is defined as eating flesh, which the placenta is not. I went through the whole chapter of Deuteronomy and expounded on it above. After doing so I ran it by my husband who was very curious about this whole topic. He has an M Div and is very cautious about interpreting the Bible accurately. When I initially told him about the post he said that he didn’t see an issue. Then when someone brought up Deut. 28 he was concerned.

      So after I did some digging into the passage I shared it w/ him again and he thinks I am interpreting it appropriately. The linking of the placenta and child are not linked b/c they are the same thing. They are linked b/c they are 2 things that the mother is possibly going to do b/c of desperate circumstances and 2 things that she does in secret. Apparently, though this is very odd for us, particularly in the case of the child, it is said that she will eat these things in secret b/c the shame is that she isn’t sharing w/ the other members of her family. Please do note that this is not a documentation of something that was done, but a statement of how bad things would get. So it could be hyperbole.

      I am not happy about vaccines grown from human tissue in any way.

      As for the health benefits, I think the hormonal issue is what mothers are going for and that is not going to be in the liver.

      I have a post on that as well: https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/b12-deficiency-liver-pills-how-to-make-liver-pills/

      I hope that clarifies things and I’m happy to dialogue further if you’d like and would be interested in your thoughts on what I wrote.

  2. My sisters and I love your blog Adrienne and always respect your wise take on things! I wanted to share some research we did on placentophagia regarding toxin exposure and lack of standardization a few years ago that lead to our personal decision to stay away from it. We always appreciate different perspectives and would love to hear your opinion on it.

    http://thesoftlanding.com/an-in-depth-look-at-the-safety-of-eating-placenta-infographic

    • Hi Alicia!

      So nice to hear from you. You are too kind.

      I’m very intrigued by this and would like to sort this out. In fact, I was looking into similar information regarding the ingestion of liver recently.

      I did just look this up and it appears that the placenta does act as a filtering mechanism, but then the toxins go into the mother’s blood stream so that her body can take care of them. Here is more information. http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2309.aspx?CategoryID=54

      Let me know your thoughts. I would love to keep learning about this with you. Let me know what your thoughts are on the standardization. Thanks!

  3. Jaclyn Harwell says:

    Mamas, let’s please take a step back and recognize that some things just aren’t addressed in scripture. And we all have our own individual interpretations of scripture and our own personal relationships with the Lord, that allow us, in wisdom and maturity, to make choice that work for us as individuals.

    Side note: I hope those of you who are attacking this practice from a spiritual standpoint are not having your children vaccinated, as vaccines contain ingredients that could be viewed as an abomination.

    I prayed and researched and when the time came, I decided to encapsulate my own placenta with my fourth birth. My recovery- physically and emotionally- was night and day different from my previous birth recoveries. When those hormone surge days (3-4 & 7-8) hit and I felt irrationally sad or angry, I popped a few placenta pills and was right as rain within minutes. It made a huge difference for me.

    I think we just have to accept that, although placenta encapsulation (and I’m careful to say that, ’cause this mama ain’t drinking a placenta smoothie!) may disgust some women, it can be a huge blessing for others, and perhaps, God, in His infinite wisdom, created that organ to replenish exactly what a woman needs following birth.

    Jaclyn @thefamilythathealstogether.com

    • Wow, Jaclyn. What a fascinating testimonial. I’m so glad that it helped you. Great perspective on the vaccines too. Blessings to you.

  4. P.S. That one hubby deserves a badge of honor–mine would pass out even thinking about it, though he can clean fish, gut deer and clean out an outside dog kennel–all of which make me back off! Bless his heart doing that for you!

  5. I’m an old granny so no chance of that decision for me, but ugh no! Could never get those pills down and stay down! However, the saving of the stem cell blood or tissue done I think by freezing in some way is something everyone with a family history of cancer and some other diseases should think about. There are treatments for cancer that use those cells or otherwise I think you have to find a matched donor. That would be different, as would preserving the placenta material for that kind of use, but eating or taking it in pills–no way here! Your email was so intriguing but gory–I just HAD to go read it!! LOL But–to each their own and if you can do it–give it a try and see if there’s a difference! It should have a medical trial as you just never know.

    • Those are all things I have thought of as well. In doing some research after publishing this post I found some very interesting information about what others in other countries have done with placenta and umbilical cords. Fascinating.

  6. I’m sorry, but that, to me is too much like cannibalism. I can’t stand the idea of any of my pet mommies eating their placentas, saying nothing of eating my own. As far as the Bible is concerned, I’m afraid that wouldn’t be enough for me to even consider it, and I love the Lord so much. Sorry, but YUCK!

    • Hi Susan.

      Can I ask you why you think it’s similar to cannibalism? From the research that I have done, eating flesh is the eating of muscle, which this is not. And there is no killing of a human needed. I too want to follow what God says but I don’t see it in the Bible that there is a command not to do this — do you see otherwise? I agree on YUCK. Let me know what you think.

  7. If you or someone could show me if this is biblical I may reconsider my thoughts but I really find it hard to believe this was done by the Hebrew women of the past. But hey I could be wrong. It’s beyond gross though at this point

    • Hi Sarah. I don’t know about the Hebrew women but your concern is addressed in this post. Basically, is something forbidden just b/c Hebrew women didn’t do it? There are many things that I think are permissible that Hebrew women didn’t do. Let me know what you think: http://www.beingfilled.com/2013/03/should-christian-mothers-eat-placentas.html

      I am going to see if Genevieve is willing to pop over and respond as well. Thanks for reading!

      • I’ll have to read the part you mentioned. I certainly don’t want to offend anyone or come off as being judgmental. It’s just that my whole being is beyond repulsed by this. I really do hope this is not some crazy fad mom’s are being misled into. Again I’m not judging I’m truly concerned for moms out there

        • Can I ask what you are concerned about? That you think that people are actually disobeying God by doing this? And if so, do you think that this sin would be greater than other sins that they are committing on a daily basis? I mean that sincerely. I think that there are many many things that are clear commands whereas there seem to be salient arguments defending how this is not a sinful practice.

      • Ok I just read your link. I’m very disturbed by what he wrote here;
        “However, there is nothing biblically wrong with eating human flesh as long as no human life is taken in the process. Let’s say a limb needed to be amputated and you wanted to eat it. There would be nothing unbiblical about that. It may be weird, but it is not wrong”
        Sadly we humans can rationalize just about anything. I’m saddened by all of this. There is so many other very important topics out there to debate about. God Bless

        • I think that that is weird too. But again, the placenta isn’t flesh. Just b/c that person made a very odd argument doesn’t mean that this isn’t OK. I’m not saying I’m comfortable totally with it but I do think keeping the argument accurate is important.

          You are right that there are many other important topics to debate about and I suspect you would find them to be outside of the typical scope of this blog, though I have touched on abortion and other such topics. If we were friends on FB you would see that I talk about many issues and try to keep arguments on the point without giving in to bad logic.

          I hope that helps. I think Genevieve has done a lot of good work in moving the needle of pregnancy and childbirth to a more natural state, which is where it should be, and I think that (so far) the arguments for this outweigh those against it but I’m not opposed to hearing more thoughts on the topic.

    • Kelly Howard says:

      I agree!

      • Hi Kelly. Did you happen to read the post that I linked to in response to Sarah? I’d love to hear your thoughts on that. I assure you that Genevieve does not consider herself to be a non Christian.

    • Genevieve Howland says:

      Hi Sarah and Kelly!

      There isn’t anything in Scripture or our Christian tradition that directly addresses placenta eating. I would trust how you are guided and do what works for you.

      Warmly,
      Genevieve

      • I have some serious concerns. The article I was referred to above states eating human flesh as long as we didn’t murder that life is not cannibalism nor unbiblical (ludicrous). Did he really say that?!! Yep. What if I gave you 100 reasons to eat poop? What if I’m right? So what! And then went on & on about all the benefits of eating poop. But what if I’m wrong? Wrong for steering others to do this? Will I lose my salvation over this? No. But I do have an obligation to my fellow man/woman. Are we throwing common sense out the window? If so than now what? We’re left with futile debates. I wonder if pride gets in the way of changing ones mind about placentophagia? I believe there are multiple natural options other than this out there for women. I sincerely hope you reconsider promoting this practice.

        • Hi Sarah. Perhaps Genevieve will chime in, but she did not make that argument – that other author did. I posted information that the placenta isn’t human flesh so I think sticking to that fact is important. Neither of us is saying that eating flesh is OK. So that person can be wrong about that point but right about others.

          About poop, that’s a different situation b/c it’s toxic. Perhaps you have another analogy that would be a better one?

          I don’t think common sense is being thrown out — apparently there are health benefits and it’s not flesh. That is why it’s being discussed so I don’t see how that is futile. Genevieve and others have had very positive results so they are sharing that and they did not feel that there was a violation of God’s law to do it. Does that make sense? I can’t speak for anyone else’s pride but I don’t think that is the case with me. Just b/c there are other natural options doesn’t make this one wrong.

          For example, there are some who think that homeopathy is like witchcraft and others who completely disagree. Should I not write about it b/c there might be other natural options that would work and b/c it’s controversial if I have done research and think that it has really helped me and others? Same with chiropractic and kinesiology and many alternative practices, including using essential oils.

          Please let me know your thoughts.

          • Deut. 28:57. What do we see there? Deut. 28:52-57 is part of a curse for disobedience to the law that they’ve received. The whole thrust of the passage is that if Israel disobeys God’s commands, God will bring a curse on Israel so utterly horrid that women will violate every natural inhibition they have and behave in ways that are absolutely unthinkable to them. God promises Israel that he would curse them to the point that they would engage in actions that, even under siege and suffering to the point of being near death, they would still find shameful.

            The eating of both the children and the afterbirth will be done in secret because it’s absolutely shameful.
            mennoknight

          • Hi again, Sarah. I addressed this earlier. That is not for sure the explanation for this – that eating the placenta is shameful. Maybe it’s just very odd. Couldn’t this be substituted with the women eating dirt or clay? That women would be so hungry that they would resort to that?

            My father in law said that people would eat very odd things during WWII b/c there was nothing to eat and things were so desperate.

            One other thing to note from Deut 28 are these verses:

            53 Because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the Lord your God has given you. 54 Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children, 55 and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating. It will be all he has left because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of all your cities. 56 The most gentle and sensitive woman among you—so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot—will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter 57 the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For in her dire need she intends to eat them secretly because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of your cities

            So the reason that these women are eating these things appears to be the suffering that the enemy is inflicting — not b/c it is absolutely shameful. Additionally, the woman is begrudging her husband and other children the afterbirth so maybe she is eating it in secret b/c she doesn’t want to share. Does that make sense when you read the whole passage? I’m not consulting commentaries at this point – just reading and looking at the flow of the language. Yes there is a curse but the reason for what is going on in this passage appears to be the suffering, not that they have disobeyed.

  8. Kelly Howard says:

    You just lost a follower, but ‘no biggie’, right?!

    • Hi Kelly.

      Do you have a concern that you would like to share with the author of the post? I’m not sure what you mean by “no biggie”. I’m happy to address any concerns that you have and I assume that Genevieve would be happy to as well.

      Thanks for reading and I do hope that you will tell me what has upset you so much. Thanks in advance.

      • Kelly Howard says:

        No thanks. You women have your mind made up that it is acceptable and to GOD it is not. That is between you and God.period. And you best be warned that it is wrong to teach others that something is acceptable that is not. It is HUMAN FLESH. That equates to a sordid form of cannibalism. We aren’t heathen who don’t know better. Just because animals do it doesn’t make it acceptable for humans, it just makes humans more animalistic. There is a Scripture reference that speaks of a woman so desolate in sin, of herself and her nation, that she resorts to eating her afterbirth. That tells me all I need to know. I won’t follow women who teach others to disobey Scripture and will be warning all that I can of your sordid opinions.

        • Hi Kelly. Thanks again for commenting. So – first of all, I have not made my mind up about this. And I won’t be having more kids so it’s really a non issue for me except whether or not I would recommend it to others. But, I think it’s an interesting idea, but I’m open to talking about other views.

          As for you knowing that it’s not acceptable to God, are you saying that you are sure that it is not? Even though there are others who appear to take their faith in God seriously who think it is OK, you are sure that it is not? Can you tell me how you are sure?

          As for it being between me and God or between Genevieve and God, I’m not sure what you mean. Do you mean that others shouldn’t get involved? If that is the case, then can I ask why you are commenting here and what you think about “iron sharpening iron”?

          As for it being eating human flesh, the dictionary states that “flesh” is: the soft substance consisting of muscle and fat that is found between the skin and bones of an animal or a human” The placenta isn’t that.

          Yes, you are right that just b/c animals do something doesn’t make it OK for humans to do it.

          As for doing something that animals do making them more animalistic, I disagree. I nursed my babies and so did our cat. That doesn’t make me more like an animal.

          As for the Scripture reference, I assume you are referring to Deut 28:37, correct?

          I have been studying this the past few days and here are my thoughts. The Bible is stating that things would be so terrible that a woman would resort to eating her own children and eating the afterbirth. That does not mean that both are forbidden practices or that both are cannibalism. Let’s say, for example, that the Bible (or another book) said that things would get so bad with a famine or financial collapse that people would be eating the afterbirth, and eating dirt and bugs. Does that mean that, assuming that the eating of the afterbirth is cannibalism that eating dirt and bugs are immoral? They aren’t wise (although we all eat some amount of dirt and bugs daily and in fact SBO probiotics purposely introduce soil into our bodies) necessarily, but this doesn’t mean that they can all be lumped into any particular moral or nutritional category. It just means that times were desperate.

          Of course eating babies is disgusting.

          I would recommend reading this source and thinking about the explanation here: https://www.postpartumpeace.com/no-its-not-cannibalism/

          This part of the post I find to be particularly helpful:

          Let us assume that placentophagia is an instance of the latter kind of cannibalism in which human flesh is eaten but there is no homicide. Let us consider the three factors that will determine the morality or immorality of placenta consumption. First, the object, or act itself, which is consumption of the placenta by the mother of a newborn child. The death of the child is not a necessary component of this act, either by the mother’s hand or natural causes. The organ, which was once vital to the child during gestation, has outgrown its usefulness and is discarded by the child’s body and then the mother’s body. It is no longer part of either human body and therefore cannot be said to be the flesh of a person, although it was human in origin. The placenta is not the flesh of a dead person, and therefore its consumption cannot be called cannibalistic. Placentophagia in no way violates the personhood of a human being made in the image and likeness of God. This makes the object of placenta consumption morally indifferent, and not morally evil.
          Proceeding then with the knowledge that the act is morally indifferent, let us examine the other two conditions to see if they contribute to the moral goodness or evil of placentophagia.The intention of the human mother in consuming the placenta is to regain her own health. She takes it as a kind of natural medicine to help her heal from childbirth. The placenta provides her with proteins, vitamins, minerals and hormones that ease her post partum period. Benefits to the mother include decreasing the risk of post partum depression, preventing excessive bleeding, increasing her breastmilk supply, reducing post partum iron deficiency, and improving her quality of sleep. The respect for and preservation of life is a moral good, therefore the mother’s intention works towards making her placentophagia a good act. It is possible, I suppose, for there to be an evil intention in placenta consumption, although I do not know what that could be. But if that were to happen, the act would be made immoral by the evil intention.

          Lastly, we shall consider the circumstances of the act of placentophagia. If they are the usual circumstances, ie, a pregnancy reaching its completion at birth with the placenta no longer needed by the child’s body, then there is no harm done to either mother or child. If however, the placenta were to be harvested from the mother’s body while it still played a vital role for the child, that would make it an evil act because the circumstance involves the killing of the child. But in the usual circumstances of placentophagia neither the mother nor the baby are harmed in any way.

          Please do let me know what you think. I do not see a direct command by God here about not eating placenta.

  9. Actually, I did. After PPD with my second baby, my midwife mentioned encapsulation. My husband, bless his heart!!!! did the whole preparation and sort of enjoyed it. (As for everything, YouTube has videos telling you what to do…) It made a significant difference in mood stability and energy for both my third and fourth postpartum experiences. I quietly recommend it to friends that I think can handle the idea!

  10. Yeah, I had to come and read this post. Just had to. 🙂

    My knee jerk reactions is ew….but when I think of the big picture and all I do to be healthy, YES, I would try it. Without hesitation. Capsules I could do. Frying it up and serving it with ketchup – uh, no.

    And knowing that there are trained people to transform the placenta into a product I can easily take, I wouldn’t hesitate to set this up and follow through. Really.

    DH would be encouraging – probably from 6 inches away. He might even take a capsule or two to try it.