24/01/2012 12:49 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Midwife Sells Placenta Pills To New Mums


What do you think about this? Caroline Baddiley, 62, a midwife from Poole in Dorset, is making health pills from women's PLACENTAS!

The enterprising nurse grinds up the afterbirth and turns it into 120 capsules to be taken by the new mum to ward off postnatal depression and to boost milk and iron production.

She says: "The placenta is a rich source of hormones and chemicals and it's thought that by preserving it, some of those factors can go back to the mother" and adds that the 'benefits' from consuming it are 'well documented'.

Caroline says the demand for her services has trebled since she was featured on the Channel 4 programme How to be a Good Mother.

She charges mums £175 to collect their placenta which she cooks in a steamer then dehydrates and grinds in a coffee mill to make the tablets. She told reporters: "Taking it in capsule form is certainly more appealing and palatable than the alternative." We'd agree with that!

Hmmm - wonder if her 'alternative' is along the lines of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's famous placenta paté - remember when he fried up a placenta with shallots and garlic and made it into paté for his Channel 4 show?

What do you think? Would you use her services, or would you consider 'the alternative'? (Hugh's paté!)