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Mar 28 2013

I Ate My Placenta & You Can Too

By at 4:24 pm
cooked placenta

Cooked placenta.

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When I was pregnant with my first child I also happened to be nearly half way through earning my graduate degree in Acupuncture. At school, I met a mom in her 40s who asked me which stroller I was planning to buy and if I planned to eat my placenta? One of these questions was not like the other.

While this mom hadn’t eaten her placenta, she wished she had. She told me it would keep my hair shiny and my nails strong. She suggested that after my baby was born I cook up a placenta stew. To which I said, ewwww. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 9 2012

Weekly Roundup: Placenta Regrets, Jewish Day School Rejections

By at 4:51 pm

All the Jewish parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.placenta pills

From Motherlode: I Regret Eating My Placenta. (NYT)

– With so much emphasis on the importance of a Jewish day school education, Malina Saval found it more than a little disheartening when her son Boaz was rejected by one because of his special needs. (Huffington Post)

Are we born to be bullies? The bible seemed to think so, and perhaps we need to realize this before we can fix any problems. (Tablet)

– Are American parents spend too much time schlepping their kids around from activity to activity? (NYT)

May 19 2011

Eating Placenta Ain’t Kosher

By at 9:51 am

Matthue wrote a (gulp!) interesting (gag!) piece about eating placenta.

I think he missed a teachable moment for Kveller readers–namely: Is placenta kosher?

I am not in any way a rabbinical or Talmudic scholar but posit that it is most definitely NOT kosher for the following reasons:

1. The placenta is full of blood and blood is most definitely treif. All kosher meat must be soaked and salted to remove all blood. It’s a long shot to think that this can adequately be done for a placenta. (But, maybe it can. I’m not a butcher.)

2. It is a human organ and since humans do not chew their cud nor have cleft hooves, humans are not kosher mammals.

3. Additionally, one of the Noahide laws (see here for a full discussion of this topic) which Judaism applies to all people, not just Jews, is “aver min hachai,” the prohibition of eating a part of a still-living being. (This evokes the cartoon image of the caveman who rips the leg off a living animal and eats it.) In my opinion, this rule can reasonably be applied to the placenta from a living woman (and/or baby.)

So, in case any of you are tempted, and keep kosher, take a pass on the placenta.

Check here for Matthue’s original post on placenta being the new gourmet treat. And our resident grandmother doesn’t just have opinions on this, she also tells you what she thinks about pumping, cell phones, and crying it out.

May 13 2011

Placentas Are the New Gourmet

By at 1:25 pm

Eating placenta. Laura Morton / Special to The Chronicle

In San Francisco, a “food adventure club” routinely tries new, experimental, and gourmet foods. That isn’t so unusual — I mean, it’s San Francisco — but their twelfth adventure last week encountered a whole new culinary echelon: Placentas.

To be fair, it isn’t exactly new food. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say, we’ve all tried placenta before. But, like the contemporaneous trip down the birth canal, most of us can’t remember the taste.

The group — which includes such awesome San Francisco writers as Ali Liebegott and Michelle Tea — wasn’t all down for it. And the Chronicle reporter who broke the story unearthed some disturbing findings: According to an anatomy professor, the “placenta ‘is part of the infant, no question. Yes, it’s discarded after birth,’ he says, ‘but it’s still human.'”

But some would beg to differ:

Four-star San Francisco chef Daniel Patterson of Coi spoke at the Museum of Modern Art earlier this year preparing his wife’s placenta – which he did at her request – by soaking it in milk, salting it, then cooking it with pork into a Bolognese sauce, which he topped with a poached egg. He looked at it as a culinary challenge, but one that also eased his wife’s postpartum pain.

We are weirdos, too. Following our children’s births, we followed the Talmud and buried their placentas in our backyard. In olden times of yore, trees would grow near the placentas, and you’d cut them down to use in your child’s wedding canopy. Not that we’re preparing for their weddings or anything. The oldest one is 3! We’ve got at least 12 years before that.

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