People reports January Jones eating own placenta as vitamin

Actress January Jones, AKA Betty Draper on “Mad Men,” returned to work just seven weeks after the birth of her son and was having a hard time keeping up her energy. So she started eating her own placenta to help, according to People magazine.

From the New York Daily News:

“Jones explained that her doula — otherwise known as a labor coach — prescribed her a remedy to help her get through the long hours.”

“ ‘I have a great doula who makes sure I’m eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation,” she told the magazine, explaining that the process involves the placenta getting “dehydrated and made into vitamins.’ ”

“ ‘It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas,’ she insisted. ‘It’s not witchcrafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!’ ”

I guess I have heard of people eating placentas but what I have heard more of is people planting the placenta in their yards by a tree for the baby or keeping it in their freezers. I get that it would fertilize the tree. I don’t why they’re keeping it in the freezer.

So what do you think: Would you eat your own placenta? What about dehydrated and in the form of a vitamin? Have you heard of people eating their placentas? What have you heard of people doing with their placentas? What did you do with yours?

How did you keep your energy up after having the baby?

(Sorry for a second “Mad Men” mention but this is really about eating the placenta and not the show.)

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motherjanegoose

March 27th, 2012
6:14 am

NO. I have no idea what happened to the placentas after birth. I was exhausted after both children were born and while missing my sleep all the time but I moved on. I remember standing in the shower and bawling as I was so tired ( at 6:00 a.m.) and then I left each day to face a classroom of Kinders. I just put my game face on and moved forward. That was almost 20 years ago.

motherjanegoose

March 27th, 2012
6:23 am

oops…was missing sleep…sorry

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usually lurking

March 27th, 2012
6:58 am

catlady

March 27th, 2012
7:00 am

However, animals eat their placentas to discourage predators from catching the scent of their newborns. I was not too concerned about a lion getting my newborn.

LIke MJG, I just bucked up and went back to work when my son was 21 days old and my younger daughter was 16 days old. (I “got to stay home” with my older child for 3 months because I was unemployed) Weak and ill? Yes. Had a broken tailbone with one, “other complications” with another, and a uterine infection with the last one. But it was work or apply for food stamps. January Jones needs to buck up.

On the “planting”, my family believed in burying the naval stump so the baby would not have stomach trouble. It worked (so far) for my three.

motherjanegoose

March 27th, 2012
7:10 am

@catlady, our cocker spaniel was so jealous of our son, as he was our first ( dog) baby. He hovered near the two of us, slept right under the crib and followed us all day long. While changing a diaper, the stump fell off onto the floor and our dog ate it…maybe it helped him…haha!

A

March 27th, 2012
7:22 am

No, no and heck no. I haven’t a clue what happened to my placenta. I’m assuming it went out with medical waste at the hospital.

shaggy

March 27th, 2012
7:24 am

It’s good for cows, so I say, why not. Heck, she should take childbirth to the next primitive level. Forget the “doula”…whatever the hell that is…and just go out into the woods when labor starts. Squat and deliver. That is what really used to happen, and I guess still does somewhere that doesn’t have I-pads and text messaging.

However, I would hate to be the man, going in the freezer to pull out a pork roast for the grill, had too many beers, and thawing out some vitamin goodness for dinner. “Honey, call the doula and invite her over for barbecue. I have something special on the grill for her. She will love it, garlicky, and tastes like…chicken.”

Jeff

March 27th, 2012
7:42 am

We’re also the only mammals who can make contracts…………..

DB

March 27th, 2012
8:03 am

Oh, god, TWG, did you have to post this one for the breakfast crowd?! Gag!

Jim

March 27th, 2012
8:21 am

this is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard of

Jim

March 27th, 2012
8:23 am

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Voice of Reason

March 27th, 2012
8:23 am

They have a name for that. It’s called cannibalism.

Or, I suppose you could also equate it to picking your nose and eating the boogers.

Either way you slice it, it’s not civilized.

RJ

March 27th, 2012
8:24 am

I have no idea who this woman is because I’ve never watched “Mad Men”, however it seems gross to me.

☺☻Have A Smile!

March 27th, 2012
8:30 am

Sounds like this “January Jones” person was in desperate need of some media attention and here you go, another weird thing to get it.

yuki

March 27th, 2012
8:55 am

That is just disturbing. I’m sorry but no thanks. When I filled out my birth plan for my two kids, they asked if you wanted to “view” the placenta. Not eat it, or save it. I guess I could have requested to bring it home in a baggie but the thought certainly never crossed my mind. I quickly answered NO to even looking at it. Not necessary.

And by the way, I’m sure this January Jones has help, like a nanny, baby nurse, assistant or all of the above. I’m sure she is tired, but she should try working a full time job with no help. She needs to just buck up!!!

JATL

March 27th, 2012
8:56 am

Barf, barf, BARF! She’s not actually “eating” it though -in the sense of “Here’s the placenta, chow down!” I’ve read about the drying and encapsulating of it, but that’s still disgusting to me. There’s just no reason for it. Take a B12 shot! Take some iron. If you’re a wealthy celebrity, don’t go back to work so soon or have your nanny take the baby for a few nights while you catch up on sleep. There are SO many alternatives to eating your placenta. After it’s gone, is she going to start sucking on her tampons?

mary

March 27th, 2012
9:07 am

Gross. Placenta breath.

Beth

March 27th, 2012
9:11 am

F*ck the placenta. I ate my baby.

Me

March 27th, 2012
9:13 am

Huh?? And I’m unsure what Mad Men or eating placentas has to do with rearing children but, what do I know? I had honestly never heard of Mad Men until the previous blog topic…
But, I’m a guy on a “mom” blog so go figure…

kmariag

March 27th, 2012
9:16 am

Dehydrated or not. Ummm, ewwwwwww….

justmy2cents

March 27th, 2012
9:16 am

I’m with A on this one. Yuck. If I can go back to full-time work and full-time college 3 days after an emergency c-section, she can suck it up and go back to work….and by suck it up, I DON’T mean the placenta. Nasty.

Casey Anthony

March 27th, 2012
9:17 am

I should have used the placenta defense.

Dude in GA

March 27th, 2012
9:19 am

Awww!!!! If she burps after the capsule dissolves in her tummy, right before telling some “hello”, can you imagine the stinch!!!! Not Good….I think January forgot her lines on this one…..LOL…

FCM

March 27th, 2012
9:24 am

This should have been a topic…uh never…..I am pretty sure that had I had breakfast this morning I would have regretted it as I ran to the bathroom over this topic.

Dr Nick

March 27th, 2012
9:26 am

New mothers who plan on sending their kids to public schools should have to donate their placenta to the school lunch program. Make lasagna with it and help fight child hunger.

Atlantan

March 27th, 2012
9:28 am

Does she also enjoy her boogers in solitude….. pretty gross story.

Techmom

March 27th, 2012
9:36 am

@JATL – gag! did you have to go there [tampon]?? GROSS!!! (LMAO but it’s still gross)

We had this discussion on FB yesterday. “we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas” Yes, and we also walk on two legs, have thumbs and can reason. For God’s sake, we also have brains and grocery stores with vitamins and food nor do we live in the wild.

By the way, the capsules do look like vitamins so I guess at that point, it’s not that gross until you think about what is in them but what grosses me out is the people who come to your house and pick up your placenta and process it into vitamins. Someone actually does this for a job! Or how about having to store it for a couple of days? “Gee honey, what’s this in the Tupperware container? Did someone bring us a meal? …. Oohhh nevermind.”

Cammi317

March 27th, 2012
9:40 am

This is BEYOND disturbing. I went back to work one month to the day that my daugther was born. Yes I was tired in between the lack of sleep and all of the nursing, but this is just too much.

Shay

March 27th, 2012
9:41 am

Encapsulating the placenta like a vitamin has significant health benefits that are proven. Not that I would expect these hillbillies here to actually do the research and understand that.

Hannibal

March 27th, 2012
9:42 am

Did she have it with some fava beans and a nice chianti?

Mad Russian

March 27th, 2012
9:46 am

The essence of the Paleo Diet. Yummy. Probably be good with a little bacon in it. Mmm… bacon.

Kar

March 27th, 2012
9:46 am

Just because your cat does it…

Techmom

March 27th, 2012
9:49 am

@Shay if this trend had started in the south, the rest of the world would be making fun of the “hillibillies” in the south who eat their own placenta but b/c some yahoo Hollywood actress or a tree-hugger out west says it’s healthy, we’re now the “hillbillies” because we call it like it is? [gross]

Shay

March 27th, 2012
9:54 am

I don’t know where the trend started Techmom, but it’s been around for a while. It’s nothing new. She is the first actress I have seen speak on it though. Use the “tech” in your name and Google it.

free

March 27th, 2012
9:57 am

i’m cracking up at some of these responses, lol. next we’ll have placenta infused teas, shampoos, and facial creams.

Soccer Milf

March 27th, 2012
10:03 am

I hear poo poo is a good hair conditioner. Maybe she should smear some on herhead.

Soccer Milf

March 27th, 2012
10:03 am

I ate Dylans placenta cause he is of the Gods….Carter not so much.

Willie B.

March 27th, 2012
10:08 am

After my circumcision I was sooo tired and it really hurt. I put that little skin right on a skewer, held it over the gas range ’til it sizzled and popped it in my mouth with some hot mustard. That’s the way we do it in the south, Shay!

Kenneth

March 27th, 2012
10:08 am

I dont know about that but eating other peoples doo doo is very tasty and chock of delicious corn nuggets.

Mom in Villa Rica

March 27th, 2012
10:09 am

When I worked in a Chicago hospital, we froze the placenta and it was sold to cosmetic companies. Check your shampoo ingredients! My thoughts are how do we know that the placenta in our beauty products come only from healthy, disease free women? YUK!

penny

March 27th, 2012
10:11 am

I would eat her and her placenta!!!

Homeless Horatio

March 27th, 2012
10:13 am

Ive been homeless for about 4 months now and starving. She shouldve donated that placenta to her local homeless shelter.

jarvis

March 27th, 2012
10:13 am

We’re also the only mammals that live in houses, have access to grocery stores and possess a working knowledge of vitamin supplements.

We’re also amont the only mammals that don’t ingest our own poo or lice from our mates’ hair.

I am Curious yellow

March 27th, 2012
10:15 am

MM MM MM…Fried placenta with onions is delicious.

Rhonda

March 27th, 2012
10:16 am

This seems perfectly normal to me. Sometimes I enjoy a nice glass of cat urine on the rocks. I hear is helps strengthen ones toenails.

FCM

March 27th, 2012
10:17 am

OK I feel I have to point this out:

Animals in the wild have been known to kill their young if they are “challeneged” or if the offspring is less not likely to make it in the world, they abandon it.

If humans did either of those things we would be in jail. So now does Ms. Jones advovate the above? Doubt it.

Another site said it best “There is a reason we do not do this, we are supposed to be CIVILIZED.”

FCM

March 27th, 2012
10:18 am

oops should say less than perfect and/or not likely to make it in the world.