TitlePlacentophagy among women planning community births in the United States: Frequency, rationale, and associated neonatal outcomes.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFarr, A, Chervenak, FA, McCullough, LB, Grünebaum, A, Benyshek, DC, Cheyney, MM, Bovbjerg, ML
JournalBirth
Date Published07/2018
ISSN1523-536X
Abstract
 

To the Editor:

We respond to the recent publication of Benyshek et al entitled “Placentophagy among women planning community births in the United States: Frequency, rationale, and associated neonatal outcomes.”1 The authors used data collected through the Midwives Alliance of North American Statistics Project (MANA Stats) to analyze demographic characteristics and motivations of women who engage in placentophagy. They evaluated neonatal outcomes of women who consumed their placenta and compared it to those who did not. This question is important considering a recent warning issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) due to a case in which a newborn infant developed recurrent neonatal group B Streptococcus (GBS) sepsis after the mother ingested GBS‐contaminated placenta capsules.2

DOI10.1111/birt.12375
Alternate JournalBirth
PubMed ID30058077