A couple things to mention before I get in to this blog post. First off, fielding suggestions for a random blog entry on Twitter will get you some fucked up responses (like this one). Secondly, it took me nearly 5 minutes to find a Google image of a placenta without wanting to be sick. With that in mind, here we go.
The definition of a placenta, for those who are unaware, is as follows: “The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination and gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply.”
With me so far? Here is where things get weird.
Apparently, women (some, not all – thankfully) KEEP THE PLACENTA IN THE FREEZER AFTER BIRTH.
Pause. Reflect on what I just said. Continue.
I have indeed researched this before posting. Some explanations are logical, while some are bizarre. Let’s begin.
Stem Cell research
Bone marrow transplant
Bury it in the ground and plant a tree over it?
Ok, so perhaps saving it to have some cells for your child, or future children with the same genetic makeup COULD make sense. There are not enough episodes of ‘House’ to give me a good enough opinion on whether or not this is even possible.
Apparently it is tradition to bury this thing and plant a tree over it to symbolize the child. You know what better symbolizes the child? THE CHILD. Get a tattoo or something, instead of burying a piece of the body that should be tossed away after child birth. It would be like saving the piece of the male after a circumcision or something. Weird.
I don’t even know what to say about this one. There is no reasoning on the planet that can make me believe this should happen. I can barely even believe this DOES happen. I don’t know what kind of culture finds this appealing, but I’m certainly glad it isn’t mine. I mean, imagine eating the piece of skin after a man’s circu… uhhh.. nevermind.