Why a takeaway placenta is no picnic

It's a legally grey area for doctors, says expert

New mothers who want to eat their placenta should be warned about the risks, according to a Vienna-based gynaecologist who likens the practice to cannibalism.

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For health professionals, he cautions it’s a “legal grey area".

Writing in the the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr Alex Farr notes that “placenta can be eaten raw, cooked, roasted, dehydrated or encapsulated or through smoothies and tinctures”. 

Proponents of placentophagy say it improves milk production, has a preventive effect against