Research, Articles & Blogs

The following links are just some of the many research articles, journal articles, websites, or blog entries that focus on the topic of Placentophagy, otherwise known as consuming the placenta.  We welcome you to read as many of these as you would like and if you have any contributions you think we should add to the list, please email us and let us know! 

Placentophagy Survey (2013)
A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption By Jodi Selander, Allison Cantor, Sharon M. Young & Daniel Benyshek
 

Does eating placenta offer postpartum benefits? (2012)
The British Journal of Midwives, By Michelle Beacock
 

Fire Hypothesis (2012)
By Young, Benyshek and Lienard
 

In Search of Placentophagy (2010)
By Young and Benyshek
 

Eating the Placenta
How do the nutritional and hormonal profiles of unprepared human placental tissue compare with processed human placenta capsules?
 

Placentophagies in Humans and nonhuman mammals 
By Kristal, DiPirro and Thompson
 

PLACENTAL ENCAPSULATION AND POSTPARTUM HEALTH (2012)
By Jodie Salender
 

Pathology of the Human Placenta
By Kurt Benirschke and Peter Kaufmann
 

Stem Cells from Human Placenta can cure Diseases 
Video from Oakland Hospital, USA
 

Stem Cells from Placenta show potential in treating Heart Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and More
By Neal Ungerleider, 2011
 

Placenta Stem Cells Successfully Treat Peripheral Artery Disease in Duke University Patient 
2010
 

Hypothalamic corticotropin-releasing hormone suppression during the postpartum period: implications for the increase in psychiatric manifestations at this time  (1996)
Study showing low CRH Hormone levels post-birth – CRH (stress reducer hormone – found in high levels in the placenta)
 

Wound Healing Activity of Human Placental Extract in Rats (2001)
Finding human placental extract has potent power of inducing collagenous growth indicating its proficiency in wound healing
 

The Impact of Fatigue on the Development of Postpartum Depression    
By Elizabeth J. Corwin, Jean Brownstead, Nichole Barton, Starlet Heckard and Karen Morin)
 

Have we forgotten the significance of postpartum iron deficiency?   
By Lisa M. Bodnar, Mary E. Cogswell and Thad McDonald
 

Enhancement of opioid-mediated analgesia: A solution to the enigma of placentophagia (1991)
By Mark B. Kristal
 

Placentophagia: A Biobehavioral Enigma (or De gustibus non disputandum est) (1980)
By Mark B. Kristal
 

Placenta History (2014)
Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network
 

Placenta in Chinese Herbal Medicine
 

The Bridge of Life: Options for Placentas (2008)
Published by Midwifery Today, By Kelly Graff
 

The Tree of Life  (2009)
Hollywood Birth Centre Newsletter

 

Books that recommend the use of the placenta post-birth:

"The fifth major cause of iron depletion in Gyna sapiens is not so obvious as the previous four but nonetheless significantly increases her risk of developing an iron-deficiency anemia.  The transfer and loss of iron associated with gestation and brith exist to a lesser degree in other mammalian mothers but still pose a problem.  To counter it, Mother Nature equipped females of the other mammalian species with a vital instinct-an urgent hunger driving them to consume their offspring’s placenta.  A plump souffle of meaty iron, amino acids and essential fats, the placenta is the consummate first meal a mother should partake of immediately after the ordeal of delivery. It is the perfect replacement for the very nutrients she lost just minutes earlier, because a freshly expelled placenta contains the iron equivalent of one to two blood transfusions. Gyna sapiens have lost her craving for this delicacy.  Our closest relatives, chimpanzees, dine with gusto on their afterbirth immediately after delivering their infants.”   -excerpt from Sex, Time and Power - How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution (pages 28-29) By Leonard Shlain
 

“In the 1970′s, placentophagy became part of radical home birth customs, particularly in the San Francisco area.  One 1980 estimate in Science Digest said 5 percent of such West Coast deliveries involved consuming the afterbirth; the East Cost rate among home-birthers was about 1 or 2 percent.  It is unclear how many of the placentaphagists were vegetarians, but probably many wree.  They considered the placenta to be sacred, and, of course, because the organ gave life and nothing was killed to put it on the table, it was considered an honor to consume it.” -excerpt from Birth - The Surprising History of How We Are Born (page 218) by Tina Cassidy 


“Throughout the world generations have passed down knowledge of how ingesting placenta helps a mother’s postpartum recovery.  Women using placenta remedies after birth feel stronger, are happier and can breastfeed more easily….Many conditions during birth, the postpartum period and nursing would not arise if we returned to the old custom of applying placenta remedies.” -excerpt from Placenta: The Gift of Life by Cornelia Enning