The placenta is an incredible organ, responsible for sustaining and nurturing your growing baby throughout pregnancy and birth. Shortly after the birth of your baby, your placenta is birthed too. This is referred to as the Third Stage of labor.
Most mammals consume their placenta after the birth of their babies. As humans are mammals, some humans consume their placenta after birth as well. This practice is known as placentophagy.
While there are no published scientific studies supporting this practice in humans, anectodal evidence is strong. Women who consume their placenta postpartum report a reduction in symptoms of the baby blues and postpartum depression, a boost in their energy level, an increase in their milk supply, a decrease in postpartum bleeding and a shorter recovery overall.