Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption

@article{Selander2013HumanMP,
  title={Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption},
  author={Jodi Selander and Allison Cantor and Sharon M Young and Daniel C. Benyshek},
  journal={Ecology of Food and Nutrition},
  year={2013},
  volume={52},
  pages={115 - 93}
}
Maternal placentophagy, although widespread among mammals, is conspicuously absent among humans cross-culturally. Recently, however, advocates for the practice have claimed it provides human postpartum benefits. Despite increasing awareness about placentophagy, no systematic research has investigated the motivations or perceived effects of practitioners. We surveyed 189 females who had ingested their placenta and found the majority of these women reported perceived positive benefits and… Expand
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