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Are You Gonna Eat That? A Look At Placenta Customs Around The Globe

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Placenta Power placenta capsules

Placenta Power placenta capsules

So, you're going to have a baby. You've likely spent hours pouring over baby registries and/or arguing with your partner about future hypothetical parenting conflicts that obviously need to be figured out right now. I mean, do you have any idea how hard it is to find a reasonable Bar Mitzvah space in Manhattan!?

Yes, you've picked out nursery furniture and researched the best feeder preschools, but have you made plans for that crucial pregnancy organ, the placenta?

The placenta has been getting a decent amount of play in the news lately, thanks to high profile ladies including Holly Madison and January Jones publicly announcing their plans to ingest theirs via pill. That's not quite as hardcore as the story Maria Guido tells about the brand new mama who took a big ‘ol bite of the raw, bloody organ minutes after delivery.

But while all this attention on the placenta might sound like news to our sanitized western sensibilities, many cultures have long believed in the power of the placenta, and honored the organ with very specific rituals. Read on for some of the ways afterbirth is regarded and treated around the world. Maybe you'll get a few ideas!