The Miami Maternity Center Story – In Which Your Blogger is Grossed Out
I have a very high tolerance for things most others would consider gross. But, oh, this story. It has taken me two days to get up the will to share it with you. Perhaps you shouldn’t even read any further. Here’s a website, Cute Overload, just in case you need it after.
Okay. Now you all know that I’m a supporter of midwifery. I think it’s a great option for many women, and that women should have choices of provider and setting for birth. However, I believe that informed choice and adherence to the agreed upon standards is also important. I expect honesty, and competence, and the following of basic infection control protocols.
On Christmas Eve, the FDA, Florida Department of Health, and Miami Dade Police Department’s Medical Crimes Unit raided the Miami Maternity Center, which was “suspected of providing unregulated non FDA approved capsules.” Said capsules were filled with dehydrated placenta, and women were given them as a tool to prevent postpartum depression.
And that’s completely fine, whatever you want to do with your own placenta. This use is obviously not well studied and not FDA-approved. The devil is in the alleged details, however:
The organs would be ground up all together inside of a coffee grinder and placed into gelatin capsules by MMC staff members. The ULA investigation also disclosed that as many as 10 to 15 placentas at a time were being placed in layers inside of the MMC dehydration machine creating a cross contamination hazard.
Oh, no. You can eat your own placenta all day long, but once women may be unknowingly consuming parts of *other* women’s placentas, that’s when I’m completely grossed out and disturbed by the alleged process. The mixing. The cross-contamination. Urgh.
I should very clearly state that I have no first-hand knowledge of the allegations and situation. I haven’t seen it for myself. I find it bizarre that 22 people were thought to be needed to raid a birth center, and wonder if that might have been a wee bit excessive. In another report, owner Shari Daniels is said to have claimed that placentas were saved for their owners, but were never made into capsules. Comments on various sites on this topic are all over the place, and are worth a look.
The Mommy Blawg has additional links to coverage of the situation. I think we’ll be hearing more about this in the future.
And, you know, don’t write off all birth centers because of these allegations. Just do your homework.