Dear Friend: Please Don't Start an Afterbirth Smoothie Business

Eating placenta is a tradition as time-honored as it is healthy and delicious. Said to have the power to ward off depression and restore the body due to the wealth of stem cells found within, placenta can be eaten raw or cooked—and today, many people are choosing to have it in a thick, bulbous smoothie that tastes… » 3/18/15 10:30pm 3/18/15 10:30pm

Hot Right Now: Letting Your Newborn Keep His Placenta for Six Days

Okay, brace yourself. There's a birthing technique that will allow you to live in a house with a Keurig and some wifi but still keep the umbilical cord attached from your baby to its placenta postpartum until it detaches on its own, about a week later, just like chimpanzees do. Sure, it requires lugging the thing… » 10/28/13 1:00pm 10/28/13 1:00pm

'Birth Art': The Most Horrifying Trend Ever

Pregnancy and childbirth may be "beautiful," but not literally so. Aesthetically speaking, it's all pretty ugly, involving a lot of goo and gore and poop. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and sometimes the beholder is a crunchy doula or a narcissistic new mother who actually looks at a placenta and… » 10/25/12 3:20pm 10/25/12 3:20pm

Get Ready to Smear Sheep Placenta All Over Your Face

Ever on the lookout for ways to look younger and even more perfect, celebrities are the pioneers of the beauty world. You'll be happy to know that famous people like Victoria Beckham have fought their way bravely into a new and disgusting territory: apparently now getting they're getting sheep placenta facials. So… » 5/25/12 9:30am 5/25/12 9:30am

Your Baby's Up For Eating Placenta

Scientists thought that the placenta just passed nutrients from mother to fetus and was good for little else, other than horrifying the internet when crafted into a stuffed animal. But now researchers have found that it performs a protective function too: If the mother is starving, the placenta will feed itself to the… » 8/03/11 10:50am 8/03/11 10:50am