Human placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, is defined as, “The ingestion of a human placenta postpartum, at any time, by any person, either in raw or altered (e.g., cooked, dried, steeped in liquid) form.” Numerous historical occurrences of placentophagy have been recorded throughout the world, whereas modern occurrences of placentophagy are rare since most contemporary societies do not promote its practice. Since the 1970s, however, consumption of the placenta believing that it has health benefits has been a growing practice among clients of midwives and alternative-health advocates in the U.S. and Mexico.
Have you considered encapsulating your placenta after giving birth? While I do not recommend that the birthing mama does this herself after birth, it is very easy to do, your partner or a friend/family member could easily encapsulate the placenta for you in your home. I include instructions on how to do this in my lending binder that every client receives.
There are many paid services for placenta encapsulation popping up as well. If you are thinking about going with one of these services I would recommend finding one that has taken a Bloodborne Pathogens course(BBP) and conforms to local health department guidlines for food preparation and safety while preparing your placenta using sterilized equipment and in a sterile environment and while wearing disposable gloves. These services range in price from $150-200 usually.
These links will take you to detailed instructions on how to encapsulate your placenta.
Traditional Chinese Method – http://mamabirth.blogspot.ca/2013/01/placenta-encapsulation-how-it-is-done.html
Raw Placenta Encapsulation – http://mamabirth.blogspot.ca/2013/01/step-by-step-photographic-guide-to-raw.html
There are many, many different ways to consume your placenta, a few other alternatives are blending it into a smoothie, cooking it into meals or eating it raw.