New York magazine published information about the book Placental Cookbook, which provides advice to those who want to prepare the placenta and preserve its nutritional value. There are various websites where mothers discuss recipes for lasagna from the placenta.
The growing popularity of this phenomenon is due to the belief that eating the placenta improves a woman’s health, although scientific studies have not confirmed this. For example, some people believe that the placenta can cure postpartum depression. Many women have hormonal imbalance, and the placenta helps to restore it. There is an opinion that substances from the tissues of a child's place help relieve pain. In ancient Chinese medicine, placental extracts, mixed with herbs, stimulate milk production, treat impotence.
Humans are among the few mammals that do not eat the placenta. Some researchers believe that it contains high levels of iron, vitamin B 12 and some hormones.
However, in hospitals, the placenta is always disposed of as biohazardous materials.Because human tissue may carry the risk of infectious diseases.
There were cases when patients were refused to give the placenta. In 2007, Ann Swanson filed a lawsuit against the Las Vegas Hospital, where doctors refused to comply with her request.