haha, it's so funny and interesting to me the placenta becomes a metaphor for people to express/preserve the sentimentality of giving birth. but hey, different strokes for different folks.
oh yeah, the placenta is a total thing. i know some native american tribes buried it in a place that symbolized what they wanted their child's work to be in. (like burying it under some cows if they wanted him to work with cows or whatever) that goes back to what lexicon said about people's beliefs in its benefits being based on folklore and not on science. ohh the mystical placenta.
You hem me in -- behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
OMG! I would have never had a second kid if I'd had to eat my placenta. Maybe not even the first. After I had my second, the doc was all excited about my huge placenta (she said it was probably two pounds) and tried to get my husband to look at it. He about lost it.
It reminds me of this:
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ~ John Rogers
I think I've heard it can be beneficial to eat it if you are vitamin/iron deficient. But, I don't think there is really any benefit you can get from it that wouldn't also come from regular supplements. One of my roommates is planning to eat hers after she has her 4-7 children. But she's also super into hippy birthing stuff. She plans to have most of her children unassisted at home.
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"Nothing lasts forever, some things aren't meant to be. But you'll never find the answers 'til you set your old heart free."