You can use blood from the birth instead of ink and then the placenta is still safe for consumption.
Eating the placenta is believed to reduce the risks of postpartum depression and hemorrhaging. Some people like to make a print of the placenta as a reminder of the organ their body grew to transfer nutrients to their growing baby. We put ours in (a sealed bag in) the freezer, and we’re going to bury it in the yard and plant a tree over it as a symbol of our daughter’s birth and growth.
The point is, the parents have a decision to make about what to do with the placenta. There are different reasons for different decisions, but informing yourself through research will always be more fruitful than following your kneejerk reaction of “eww, medical waste”.
Okay - for all you skeptics out there, here’s an example of some placenta recipes:
I have seen sushi that looks grosser than this. Even famous celebrities like Tom Cruise have eaten the afterbirths delivered with their children. The taste is similar to veal but the placenta is not crated up and brutally killed, of course :)
I’m wearing blood-black lipstick because I feel like it. I just hope my sister doesn’t come back until late because the lipstick doesn’t match up well with my outfit: soccer shorts and a t-shirt. Or worse: she brings a friend over.
There will be questions asked that I don’t want to answer.