Apparently New York hospitals are making everyone mad by not having consistent policies for new mothers who want to take their placentas home. Which, even though I think placenta-eating sounds absolutely disgusting (and I definitely do not want to see photos of it on Facebook), seems like something it’s fair to be a little annoyed about. To each their own, etc, and if you want to eat your placenta, ok! So long as there are no public health issues. Which it seems like there might be, in bringing home an organ? And so maybe it’s reasonable for hospitals to have some rules in place? But those rules should be consistent, and should balance the right to your own bodily waste(?) with public health issues so that women know what to expect.
The placenta has a ton of nutrients, but some of the placenta-eating-advocates are making some outlandish claims — like that placenta-eating helps with postpartum depression and aids in breastfeeding. I mean, great, if people report positive experiences. And I am all in favor of letting people eat their placentas if they want to, even though reading this article made me feel actually ill. I love hippies as much a the next feminist, but the woo-woo stuff just gets a little too intense for me. Eat your placenta with a nice glass of Chianti, and enjoy! But there’s no need to invoke specious medical benefits when there’s absolutely no evidence, you know?