I've heard of certain cultures stewing and eating their baby's placenta. I've heard of cows mowing down their calf's placenta like a tasty treat. I had NOT heard of NORMAL.. no let me re-phrase. Normal "looking", abnormal mothers drying, grinding and swallowing their baby's placenta in pill form.
Upon hearing this disturbing news, I had to stuff a dirty sock in my mouth, and despite the smell, it was less repulsive than the thought of eating a baby's temporary home. Please visit: http://www.purebirth.ca/placentaencapsulation.htm to understand that I am not kidding. I am not joking, and I may still be dry heaving whilst blogging.
In order to understand placenta encapsulation fully, here is the schedule of events:
1. Birth out baby while minding to catch the placenta in a bag before it hits the ground.
2. Tie a tight knot in the garbage bag.
3. Find a fridge to stow away the fleshy mass.
4. While finding a fridge watch for ferrel dogs, hungry and looking for a placenta to chow down on.
These so called "Placenta Encapsulators" actually come to pick up your inevitably canine chewed placenta. They then bring it back to their home-stead, most likely crawling with the bacteria of placentas passed. The woman (or man god forbid) handles the thing, and places it into a dehydrator. It roasts in there like crunchy banana chips or sun dried tomatoes, only when it comes out, it isn't eaten raw or thrown into pasta sauce. No, it is actually thrown into an over sized coffee grinder and ground up. Very appetizing. It is encapsulated into pill form, and the left overs are sprinkled onto the mother's cinnamon toast crunch as a christening of sorts.
Sources on websites say you can give a baby the placenta pills dissolved in water. I can straight up say, if my mother forced me to consume my own PLACENTA as a helpless infant, I would have been filing a law suit at 18. Forcing infants to eat tasteless, mushy peas is horrid enough.Despite the health benefits these women describe, I would rather suffer without eating placenta. What can really top the charts as "horrible" after you
a. House a bladder kicking infant for 9 months.
b. Push a cabbage patch kid out your vag.
c. Have a leaky bladder for the rest of your life.
Nope. Nothing can be, I'd rather not risk my placenta consuming virginity thank you very much.
What I'm really wondering, is can I donate my placenta after I birth a child for usage by others? How about I sell it for $250, because despite the claims that it "Increases milk production" and "Reduces post partum depression", I can strongly state that I would rather not have bulging leaky breasts and feel like I want to murder my husband with a pitch fork, than consume a placenta.
Not to mention the diseases.. ugh.