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January Jones eats placenta

January Jones eats placenta
Before you judge, know that placentophagy is natural. Critters including goats, dogs, and beavers (both male and female) have been known to eat the afterbirth, and one theory suggests they're trying to hide their tracks from predators. (Some eagles have been observed dining on discarded calf placentas.) Medicinally speaking, British hospitals shipped about 360 tons of placenta for 17 years to French pharmaceutical companies (to extract nutrients for various medicines), until the practice was banned over HIV infection fears. While there's dispute over how many cultures really engage in this ritual, some Western women including "Mad Men" actress January Jones have taken it up — although she didn't have hers fresh. "Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It's something I was very hesitant about, but we're the only mammals who don't ingest our own placentas," she told People in 2012. "It's not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!" Her only regret later: talking about it.

Memorable Celebrity Birth Moments

June 19, 2013

Celebrities are often game to experiment. However, when it comes to giving birth these moms-to-be often want their experience to be as natural and harmonious as possible — sometimes to the point of seeming unnatural. But besides learning to breathe right and anguishing over whether to go the epidural-or-no-epidural route, they also have to plot how to avoid the almighty intrusive paparazzi lens. Here are just a few memorable — and sometimes controversial — birth moments of celebrity moms. -- By Vera H-C Chan