Steamed or dried? A guide to placentophagy, and why the TGA is concerned

The medicine watchdog is taking a dim view

It’s not going to appear on the specials menu of your local cafe, but placenta smoothies are just one of the options for expectant mothers who believe in the health wonders of placentophagy.


The TGA has issued fresh warnings about placenta consumption, saying it is being pushed by some midwives and doulas to women, as well as being promoted through numerous websites.

The medicine watchdog is taking a dim view, pointing out that the human placenta is "biological material ... capable of containing and transmitting infectious agents, including bacteria and viruses".