The Nevada woman wanted to eat her child’s placenta after birth, the hospital refused to return the organ on the grounds that it contains blood and might carry infectious disease. Though mammals ingest the placenta, the disposable sac that transfers oxygen and nutrients from the mother to the baby and removes waste, humans are a bit more discriminating. Those who do eat it generally believe it has medicinal properties such as helping with postpartum depression.
The woman planned to have her placenta dried, ground into a powder and packed into capsules.
After a baby is born, a woman’s hormonal level plunges, which can lead to a serious mood crash. The belief is that the nutrient-rich placenta, which contains the hormones progesterone and estrogen, can help alleviate symptoms of depression. The problem is that like any other body part, placentas contain a lot of blood which can carry infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.
I’m not the least bit tempted to dine on the blood filled sac!
But I do think if you want your placenta, for whatever reason, you should be able to have it. There are no laws barring hospitals from providing placentas to patients and if Swanson doesn’t have HIV or hepatitis, what’s the risk? This seems utterly disgusting, but to each their own, right???