Placentophagy refers to the practice of eating the placenta after delivery. Some women choose to consume placenta that is raw, cooked, or made into pills.
Although some people believe that eating placenta is good for maternal health, to date, there is no scientific evidence to support this. As well, improper handling or sterilization increases the risk that harmful bacteria, viruses, or fungi may be present in the placenta and could then be passed on to both mother and baby. It is important to note that the methods used by businesses to prepare placenta for consumption, such as cooking or dehydrating, are not regulated.