A summary of research supporting placentophagy in human mothers. Lotus births may deliver most of the same benefits to the newborn, so take care in choosing who should benefit. Anne Frye suggests giving a small portion of the placenta to the mother and leaving the rest intact and attached to the newborn in cases where both would benefit.
When a fertilized egg attaches anywhere outside the uterus (an abdominal or ectopic pregnancy), the fetus may begin to grow but cannot survive. Under very rare conditions the miscarried fetus is neither expelled nor reabsorbed. Instead, it calcifies—effectively turning to “stone”—which protects the mother from infection.