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Placentophagy: What Should Nurses Recommend?

Killion, Molly, M., MS, RN, CNS

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: March/April 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 2 - p 111
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000416
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There is a small but growing trend of women asking for their placenta after giving birth so they can have it prepared for ingestion during the postpartum period. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, explains what you need to know about placentophagy so you can offer evidence-based guidance to women who may have this request.

Molly Killion is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Birth Center, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco, CA. She can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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