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Placenta tales

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1508
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

My oldest baby tucks her mobile phone into her handbag and heads off to the disco. Fourteen years ago she was still a bump under my jumper, attached by umbilical cord and placenta. The bump, the placenta, and I were booked in for a home birth but took a tour of the London hospital (I like back-up plans). We met another couple who were determined to give birth chanting on all fours and with yoga breathing (they didn’t; they had a caesarean) and to ritually bury the placenta under a …

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