A New Dietary Supplement: Your Own Placenta

By The Atlantic Wire

The Atlantic Wire's Adam Martin reports on the rise of placenta preparers:

Not only is eating one's own placenta a trend among new mothers, it's brought along a new career opportunity: professional placenta preparer. A New York magazine article about the latest movement in alternative birthing featured a young woman named Jennifer Mayer, whose job it is to "to transform placentas into supplements that are said to alleviate postpartum depression, aid in breastmilk production and lactation, act as a uterine tonic, and replenish nutrients lost during pregnancy." She normally dries and grinds the placentas and forms them into capsules. But not all women who have joined the placenta-eating movement prefer the pill form. Another placenta preparer, Alexa Beckham, creates capsules for her clients but went raw with her own afterbirth.

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