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Reinventing the Afterbirth: Placenta Becomes Food or Toy

Chitchat about mucous plugs and episiotomies doesn't make most moms squeamish, but as a lady near the end of my third pregnancy, I just reached my limit in learning about the placenta teddy bear! Our friends over at Inhabitots are polling their green readers as to whether the toy made from the disposable organ to commemorate the birth is cute or creepy.

While some women believe in lotus birth and create a pouch in which to store the placenta until their child naturally separates from it, others like Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves follow the Aboriginal tradition of planting their babe's placenta in an orchard. Then, there are parents who indulge in placentophagia, the eating of the placenta, which is rumored to curb postpartum depression and hemorrhage. Preoccupied with my new bundles of joy, I don't even remember delivering the afterbirth and never gave any thought to taking it home, perhaps because at the time, I was ignorant of all these options.  Were you?

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clareberrys clareberrys 6 years
I'm nowhere close to pregnancy but this is so gross it makes me want to vomit. At this point I have no desire to see any placenta - ever - in any shape or form!
grablife365 grablife365 6 years
The toy creeps me out but thats it. Everything else is fine. I'll look at mine, poke it (lol) but I'm not making friends with it or having it over for dinner. I was planning to grow a tree per child so I'll throw it right in there.
vmruby vmruby 6 years
Who the hell comes up with this stuff???Anyway i'll pass on the placenta plush toy.....Gross
vmruby vmruby 6 years
Who the hell comes up with this stuff??? Anyway i'll pass on the placenta plush toy.....Gross
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
I looked at mine too, but never wanted to take it home. It is absolutely fascinating though.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
I looked at mine too, but never wanted to take it home. It is absolutely fascinating though.
Ericka Ericka 6 years
Nasty and just plain creepy!
Ericka Ericka 6 years
Nasty and just plain creepy!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Auughh! Could they have possibly made it look any creepier?!This eyeless stitched up Frankenteddy is going to haunt my dreams.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Auughh! Could they have possibly made it look any creepier?! This eyeless stitched up Frankenteddy is going to haunt my dreams.
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
I agree with babysugar. Once it has done its duty, I'm done with it as well.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
i've looked at mine and thought it was so fascinating...i never thought about taking that thing home though
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 6 years
The only way I would consider doing something with my placenta is if they find some medical benefit for it....like it can keep your baby from getting cancer or whatever. Otherwise I am good just letting the hospital deal with getting rid of it.
babysugar babysugar 6 years
I really don't need to see my placenta in any shape or form after it has finished its nurturing job in the womb.
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