Bailey - posted on 02/25/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
Does the Catholic Church condemn this? I know it may sound gross, but I have recently heard about this and am intrigued. It isn't cooking and eating the placenta, rather it is encapsulating it and taking it as you would take an herbal supplement. There are many known benefits such as:
Decrease in baby blues and postpartum depression.
Increase and enrich breastmilk.
Increase in energy.
Decrease in lochia, postpartum bleeding.
Decrease iron deficiency.
Decrease insomnia or sleep disorders.
I personally have had trouble with all of the above issues, so believe this could really be a benefit to me. However, I don't want to even consider it if it would be going against the Church. I am a little embarrassed to ask my confessor, so thought I would start here.
I guess the question is whether or not it would be considered cannibalism. From what I have read, it could be considered non-cannibalistic consumption of a human-derived substance, not actually cannibalism since it is not intentionally harvested, prepared and consumed as food. Also I have seen it compared to eating eggs, although this seems a stretch to me.
Does anyone have any thoughts or experience on this? I realize the subject might be repulsive at best to some, but I'd really appreciate any non-judgemental input. Thanks in advance.