There are some subjects which we are reluctant to write about,even though they are in the public domain, and the subject matter of this post falls into that category, but, because it is so disturbing and because it may be aired on Radio Ulster very soon (we first heard it mentioned on that station yesterday),we wish to forewarn our readers.
One newspaper headline about this matter reads thus, “Placenta Smoothies on offer for new mums”. This hints at the practice advocated by one Hazel Mayger, apparently Northern Ireland’s first Placenta Encapsulation Specialist who also calls herself “The Belfast Doula”,which she further elaborates is ” a birth and post-natal doula”, a Labour coach. Well, considering that she (and others on the lunatic fringe) advocate that mothers consume their placenta (afterbirth), perhaps a better word for her (and them) is “doolally”.
Miss/Mrs.Mayger may reside bodily in Northern Ireland but her mind is in La La Land ! She makes many bold claims about the supposed health benefits of this repulsive practice and even if true, that would in no way justify the practice. Some animals consume their placenta after giving birth but human beings are not animals.
An article on the internet warning mothers of the dangers of this practice made very disturbing reading as it stated that the placental tissue has the same DNA that the baby has and the same chromosomes, so in reality, if a mother consumed her placenta (in whatever form, capsules or smoothies etc.), she eats the baby’s DNA . This sounds eerily close to cannibalism and no further comment is required.