I would just dice it up and let the mom eat it. Lots of vitamins!
Aren't you supposed to fry it or something. One of my instructors (the British one) indicated that they still did that over there.
In all seriousness, if I were to come upon a woman in labor and there were no other qualified people to help, I would make sure someone had called 911 already, and then help as best I could until EMS got there. Just knowing that she had a qualified caregiver there could mean the world to her, and all of you know that the risk of catching anything from that one exposure is slim to nil. Coming upon an emergency off duty is probably only going to happen to any of us a few times in our lives if that, and it is sad to think that a 0.0001 chance of catching something from the patient would keep anyone from helping...
People Who Know recommend they eat it raw, so the hormones are all intact.
I've also heard of having it freeze-dried, ground up, and encapsulated in pill form. Some save a few placenta pills for when the child goes through puberty (supposed to be helpful somehow).
I've also heard of burying it near a corner of the house to ward off evil spirits.
i'd much rather see a MCI with traumas up the wazoo, then have to be a catcher for a baby h34r:
You'd rather see suffering, seriously injured people who may die than a positive, generally happy event that usually goes perfectly fine with no harm done to anyone?
Seriously people, I get that some of the "eek" factor of the childbirth is fear of the unknown as it's not a common call and dramatic, but a lot of it is the "cooties" factor which is dumb and I expect a lot more of people who call themselves medical professionals.
I'm not saying every male medical student LOVES their OB-GYN rotation with our clinic, but they at least don't freak out about it like little school boys, and have a genuine interest in learning about the subject.
Not trying to throw you under the bus Trayos as you're definitely not the only one but I find it to be a very common and pretty irritating. It also has a lot to do with harmful cultural attitudes about women and sexuality... but that's a whole 'nother story.
Nothing scares me more in the future then being at a childbirth- i'd much rather see a MCI with traumas up the wazoo, then have to be a catcher for a baby h34r:
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