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"The Rough With The Smoothie"

Mary-Elaine Tynan comes across an unusual solution for the difficult aftermath of labour: placenta-eating.

"The Rough With The Smoothie"

Mary-Elaine and Donnacha
Mary-Elaine and Donnacha

Mary-Elaine Tynan stressed out when she discovered she was pregnant with her second child: the first labour had been difficult, leaving her exhausted for weeks afterwards.

Trawling the Internet, Mary-Elaine read that some women consume their own placentas after giving birth. This is supposed to give you more energy, improve your milk supply and help ward off post-natal depression.

There's a company in Ireland that turns placentas into tablets and even smoothies.

This could be a solution to Mary-Elaine's problem but, is it dangerous and could she bear to try it?

Parentline is a National Helpline for women with Postnatal Depression. It is free and available to mothers Monday - Thursday 10am-9pm and Friday 10am-4pm. To contact Parentline, ring 1890927277 or 018733500

Read Mary-Elaine's article in The Sunday Independent

Narrated and produced by Mary Elaine Tynan.

Production Supervision by Ronan Kelly.

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.

Documentary Maker: Mary Elaine Tynan

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Documentary maker: Ronan Kelly

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