Placenta Spiritually Revered, But Not in the West

This afterbirth has spiritual and religious significance in different parts of the world, says Y.W. Loke in this excerpt from “Life’s Vital Link.” But perhaps it’s overlooked in Western culture since birth has “become so cold and clinical.”

Single or Not, U.S. Moms Have Reason to Feel Alone

In this society we toss the placenta, or afterbirth, despite the nutritional benefits that traditional medical practitioners have long understood. That’s analogous to the way we also trash the maternal support services, or “political afterbirth,” that should sustain our mothers.