Is it safe to consume the placenta of your Rh+ baby if you are Rh-?
Placenta Consumption for Rh- Mamas
I do not have an answer for you, but I have many. many placenta consuming friends and none of them has ever mentioned this as a factor. Now, that could simply mean that all of them are Rh+, but I feel like I would have heard something over the last 5 years about it if it weren't. I will check with some trusted sources for you and report back ; )
Just wanted to pipe in and let you know that I will be consuming my placenta too.
I have no advice as to Rh- tho, but I just wanted to let you know that I think there are a few of us planning to :)
Tetiana- Benefits of consuming your own placenta include
• Increase general energy
• Allow a quicker return to health after birth
• Increase production of breast milk
• Decrease likelihood of baby blues and post natal depression
• Decrease likelihood of iron deficiency
• Decrease likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders
This was taken from http://placentabenefits.info/medicinal.asp in case you are interested in learning more about how and why women and families may chose to consume the placenta.
I've never done this, though I even mentioned the benefits to one of my midwives. They said 'sure' they'd cut off a chunk and make me a smoothie. But, just didn't think about it at the time LOL. Part of me just has that feeling that if we were meant to eat it we would instinctively do it...many mammals, usually those who tend towards multiple births, do it. But, hey, if it's instinctive to you...and there doesn't seem to be any negatives.
I'm a placenta encapsulationist and yes Rh- is totally fine to consume. The antibodies won't survive digestion. I highly recommend putting a thumb sized piece of placenta in a fruit smoothie shortly after birth to boost your system until the capsules are ready the following day. Also consider making a tincture with a piece of raw placenta. It is a great remedy to have on hand after your capsules are gone and it can also be given to baby as well. I'll be consuming my placenta for the second time
No hospital will release a placenta for consumption because they view it as medical waste aka make tons of money selling it to cosmetic companies. It is usually a BIG challenge to have your placenta released after a hospital birth, but your best bet is to say you are requesting it to plant a tree over it for ceremony or something like that--even them prepare for them to put up a fight or flat out refuse. This has been the experience of numerous mamas I know birthing in a hospital in Florida.
It tastes a lot like liver. Mixed into a smoothie you don't taste it at all. The vast majority of my clients have hospital births and have no issue getting their placenta released. Let your provider know you want to keep the placenta and put it in your birth plan. Have someone at your birth in charge of getting the placenta; its a great job for a doula or mother. Your best ally is your nurse so make friends with her and you shouldn't have an issue.