It always amuses me when something concerning pregnancy, birth, or parenting pops up as a “trend.” Odds are, that “trend” has been in practice for ages, but most likely in non-urban, non-privileged, non-U.S. areas. Take, for example, the notion of using midwives to deliver babies over OB-GYNs. Only when it hit Brooklyn and the New York Times Style section covered it, did using a midwife become a trend. Nevermind the fact that midwives remain the only option for maternal health care in much of the developing world! They’re also the preferred choice in places like the UK: midwives perform 80 to 90 percent of all low-risk births in England.
Recently the “trend” of doing stuff with your placenta post-delivery seems to be resurfacing. I say resurfacing because I feel like I’m always hearing stuff about other people’s placentas and what they’re doing with them. From burying them under a tree in the front yard to dehydrating them them into capsules, eating them , or using them as art pieces. Recently, Nick Baines wrote a piece for UK Guardian in which he described in great detail the various ways he ingested his wife’s placenta after the birth of their son. Keep reading »
January Jones and other new mothers have been known to eat their placentas or swallow them in pill form, to the disgust of some. For those who don’t want to go so far as to ingest this fetal organ but still want to memorialize it, artist Amanda Cotton presents another option: a placenta picture frame. The 25-year-old, who says she’s received “positive feedback” on her frames, puts dried and crushed pieces of new mothers’ placentas in resin molds to create truly one-of-a-kind mementos. Keep reading »
Eating placenta might sound like the most hippie of hippie-dippie pursuits. But if an article in New York magazine is to be believed, eating your afterbirth (or placentophagia) is trés, trés chic. In Western hospitals, placenta has traditionally been disposed of alongside medical waste. Some women would ask to take their placenta home with them — either to eat it or to plant it in their yard — but hospitals could refuse to hand it over. Several states have since enacted laws requiring a hospitals to fork over the placenta if a new mother wants to take it home. This is good news to the ears of “professional placenta preparers.” Mostly women, these folks usually have backgrounds in working as doulas and/or an interest raw food or vegan food. Many professional placenta preparers disintegrate the placenta into pill form, but there is also talk of placental shakes and placental jerky. (Apparently the placenta needs quite a bit of spices for flavor.)
But the question is: is eating a placenta good for you? Keep reading »
“I’ve received one tooth from a fan. I made it into a pendant for a necklace. But now I really wanna make a fan tooth necklace to wear to an awards show. What I’m getting at is please send me your teeth. I’m dead serious. I need your teeth.”
—Ke$ha tweeting a call-out to her fans yesterday to send them their teeth. Well, I think maybe I have an old baby incisor around here somewhere?
Interestingly enough, this is not the first time Ke$ha has talked about her, uh, unusual jewelry. Keep reading »
“I was in Amsterdam on my tour bus. I was thinking about birth–about embryos. Even my hair color was a washed-out rose color . . . It was meant to be a hair expression, an afterbirth.”
– Lady Gaga explains the bizarre way in which she “walked” the red carpet at The Grammy Awards to Billboard. Now, I am not a birthing expert, so I looked this up — afterbirth is also known as “placental expulsion.” So, Lady Gaga was a placenta, people, not an egg. So much edgier! [Just Jared] Keep reading »
A month after the nasty altercation between Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva on January 6th—the one where Mel allegedly punched her twice, breaking her teeth, and threatened to kill her, their baby, and her son—things between the two actually seemed to be going OK. On February 18, the two were getting along for a placenta-burying ceremony honoring their daughter, Lucia. Supposedly, during the ceremony in the backyard, Oksana smiled at the gardener, which sent Mel into a rage. Oksana left and he proceeded to call her 30 times over the course of one night. He left her eight lunatic messages, including one where he dropped 23 f-bombs. [Huffington Post]
Because we can’t stand thinking about the scary abusive details anymore, let’s explore the other angle to this story—what the heck is a placenta-burying ceremony? Keep reading »