Mother’s Consumption of Placenta Pills Led to Infant’s Streptococcal Infection, CDC Says
July 5, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Health System
Because there is no way to effectively eradicate infectious pathogens, placenta capsule ingestion should be avoided, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in the June 30, 2017, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Ingesting the placenta has been promoted as a way to improve physical and mental well-being among postpartum women, CDC said, but scientific evidence supporting that claim is lacking. CDC said authorities in Oregon were notified about an infant who was diagnosed in September 2016 with a case of late-onset group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia, five days after completing treatment for the condition. The infant's mother had requested the release of her placenta at the time of delivery. Three days after giving birth, she began ingesting two pills containing her dehydrated placenta three times daily.