The placenta can be given to research if you want it to provide a service. The placenta sustains life up until the baby is delivered.
correction. the placenta will continue to nourish the baby until the placenta seperates from the uterine wall, or until the cord is cut. the placenta and the umbilical cord do not suddenly become useless as soon as the baby takes his/her first breath of sterile hospital air. people pay LOADS of money to have their baby's stem cells collected from the umbilical cord and cryogenically frozen. now, why would it seem so strange that the placenta has other uses after the birth?
and no one is talking about the placentophagy of mammals... there are plenty of HUMANS that do it, with good results. i have yet to hear of someone getting sick or dying from eating a normal and healthy placenta.
human placenta has been used for ages in traditional chinese medicine, and has been found to treat PPD in addition to postpartum hemmorrhage.
People can have all sorts of wierd and wonderful and downright stupid advice to give you, take from those who are qualified to give an opinion - not someone who read up on suggestions which have not been scientifically tested.
i don't know if you are referring specifically to me, but i'm a trained doula and a childbirth educator, have assisted in several births, and have had three children of my own...
anyway, a scientific study on the effects of placentophagy on humans would be redundant. we already know that the placenta is rich in the hormones that we currently use to prevent hemmorrhage. the placenta has high quantities of prostlaglandin, which stimulates involution (decrease in size, folks) of the uterus. it also contains oxytocin, which helps the uterus contract, and helps encourage milk production in the mother. interestingly, pitocin (a trademark preparation of oxytocin) is frequently given to women via injection after birth to speed up the delivery of the placenta and to prevent postpartum hemmorrhage. hmm...
sister, the single most important thing you can do to avoid post partum hemmorrhage is to allow the placenta to come out in it's own time. almost all postpartum "bad bleeds" are caused by the overmanagement of the delivery of the placenta.
Edited by MOMI, 03 November 2005 - 09:43 PM.