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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

New Momma eats afterbirth, to new Daddy's dismay

3208222-1524x2286 I thought I had seen and heard it all -- all the nonsense that people do while they are trying to breastfeed a child can open your eyes -- but this is a new one. But it's probably only new to me because it's just something I never would have considered.

Time magazine columnist Joel Stein, a new dad, wrote about how his pregnant wife wanted to save their baby's placenta so that she could eat it.

Eating the placenta is supposed to have many benefits, including bringing your milk in for breastfeeding and preventing postpartum depression. It's also a practice that tends to gross out new fathers.

Stein thought 21 hours of labor would make his wife forget about saving the placenta -- but to his chagrin, she asked the nurses to put it in a plastic container. He took it home and, after wrapping it in every bag in the house, stuck it in their fridge.

The next day a young woman arrived at their home to cook it while Stein shot video. The placenta cook then freeze-dried it and turned it into pills for the new Momma. Now, Mommas, I know we think we've seen it all -- from "the bloody show" to exploding diapers -- but while watching Stein's video of the placenta preparation, even I got a little queasy. So be forewarned.

The woman who prepared the placenta told Stein she has already cooked up about two dozen this year and that her business is picking up. Recently, some other new Mommas bragged about serving up their babies' placenta on pasta and even on a sandwich!

Maybe this practice will begin to catch on in the Tampa Bay area soon too. So before you eat that beef jerky at a friend's house, you might want to make sure it's not something else.

-- Sherry Robinson

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[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:01am]

    

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