Placenta pills blamed for newborn sepsis

A case of late-onset group B streptococcus (GBS) infection in an infant has prompted a warning against consuming human placenta.

Health authorities in Oregon, US, have reported the case of a newborn infant who developed sepsis after the mother took pills made from her placenta.

Consumption of dried, raw or cooked placenta is promoted by alternative health devotees to help recover from childbirth and improve milk supply.

The baby was admitted to the ICU with respiratory distress shortly after birth and was found to have GBS, although the mother had tested negative on vaginal and rectal screening, according to a report by doctors involved with the case.

After an 11-day course of antibiotics for sepsis, the baby was discharged. Five days later, the infant re-presented to an ED and GBS infection was again cultured.

    The mother said she had requested her placenta after the