Originally Posted by Kyamo
Have there been any actual studies demonstrating effects on bleeding or PPD? I couldn't find anything, just the argument that most other mammals do it.
When I was researching it, I found only anecdotal evidence, no studies. Anecdotal evidence counts as something, but scientifically speaking, it is the least strong form of evidence. There is by no means proof of the benefits, but there is a long list of mothers who would line up and tell you that they feel that consuming their placenta was helpful for them. Placebo effect? Maybe. Coincidence? Possibly. Dangerous? Not any more than preparing any other meat, and eating it raw would be safe since all the germs are your own. 'Expensive? Not if you do it yourself. I paid about $5-10 in materials and cooking energy. I decided that with proper food handling measures, the possibility of experiencing benefits outweighed the costs and any potential risks.
My mother had to go on antidepressants postpartum. I experienced depression throughout my life. I was concerned about my postpartum period. I did not experience "baby blues" or any sort of postpartum depression. Maybe it was just the placebo effect with some added nutrients, but I doubt it. From everything I have learned about nutrition (organ meats being packed with nutrients) and mental health, I believe it was the nutritional boost that helped me through. Even it it was just a placebo effect, taking a pill that has no side effects that results in me feeling so in control of my mental state after giving birth, even if it is only because I believe it is helping, is worth it to me.