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.