placentas in hospitalHospitals do sometimes sell placentas. There is a market for them for cosmetic ingredients. I remember years ago my mother bought lotions and stuff from a company called "NuSkin" and one of the ingredients was "human placental extract". Heh...and we don't want to take it for PPD? But we'll spread it on our skin unawares. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with using it for that! Just funny.
Cornelia Enning gives a recipe for "butt balm" using placenta powder mixed with ghee (clarified butter). You can use it as a lotion for baby or you and apparently it has benefits for the skin.
My first birth was, indeed, perfect--7.5 hour labor and wonderful homebirth. Read about it at http://www.babycatcher.com/stories/vesper.html . It was just afterwards that I tried to get back to normal too fast, wasn't aware of the sleep deprivation factor, and hadn't considered my already existing hormonal imbalance...all of which contributed to, maybe not full-blown PPD, but definitely what is called "PP Reaction", which is what about 80% of women experience. Still, I'm anxious to avoid or alleviate even _that_. And since I think about 75% of it had to do with hormonal problems, I'm even more eager to do the placenta... I'll let y'all know how it goes!