Consuming one’s afterbirth has gone mainstream but a new CDC report warns the practice can be dangerous. - From The Daily Beast
According to the case report, a Portland, Oregon, infant in respiratory distress was hospitalized with a strep infection that doctors linked to his mother’s consumption of her placenta, an organ that provides a fetus with oxygen and nutrients and removes waste products, and is usually disposed of as medical waste after delivery.
Though no real science exists to support those claims, instead bolstered by celebrity testimonials and real mom anecdotes, eating your own placenta has gone from fringe to mainstream.
And dozens of different companies offering to dehydrate and grind your placenta are just a Google search away.
In fact, placenta preparation seems to be moving beyond the realm of doulas and midwives, and has become a growing business opportunity for stay-at-home moms, who are signing up for “certification” through trainings offered by official-sounding—though still completely unregulated—organizations like the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts and the International Placenta & Postpartum Association.
Now I go to an expo and every single person has heard about it or is doing it.” Selander, who says she has encapsulated around 2,000 placentas and trained over 100 people to do the same, said the CDC’s report was the first she had ever heard of such an infection, and guesses that the placenta wasn’t prepared to her standards.