Wow! I don't know how I missed this thread the first or second time around...I ate 2 thumb-sized pieces of the placenta after ds2's homebirth. Ds1's birth was messed up in many ways and while I was never diagnosed, I'm pretty sure that I had some ppd.
Here are some links....
As far as all the extreme negativity on this thread...sadly that always happens when placentophagy comes up. Some believe that we eat our placentas "to be different" some because we're cannibals, some because we just haven't heard of the "marvels of modern medicine."
: It's hard not to engage the ignorance, but I try not to.
My best friend made a tincture w/ds2's placenta, but I don't think she did it correctly, and it seems disrespectful to just dump it out, so I have to figure out what to do w/that. The solid part of the placenta is in our freezer, but I'm not sure that it's any good anymore as 1) it's been a year 2) it sat at room temperature for a couple of days to make the tincture 3) the "essence" has been removed during the tincture making...we'll probably keep it until we can plant it in honor of ds2.
Next time I want to find someone to encapsulate it for me. Dh refuses and I don't think w/two little ones and a newborn that I'll have the headspace to do it.
Oh - fyi - the hospital that ds1 was born at considered the placenta a "biohazard" and you literally had to steal it if you wanted to take it home. Although if you told them you wanted to plant it, you might not get quite the same reaction as if you told them you wanted to knaw on it!
(Sorry - the vision of knawing on my placenta makes me laugh
If you don't have an unmedicated birth, do you think a placenta is still safe to consume? I've always wondered that.