China Elevator Stories

“What do they do with the placenta after delivery?”

I chat with a 60-year-old neighbour in Shenzhen.


Ruth Silbermayr-Song


It’s spring 2014. I’m in my third trimester of pregnancy and chat with a 60-year-old Chinese neighbour in Shenzhen. 

When I tell her that I’m planning to give birth to our baby in a hospital in Austria, she asks: “What do they do with the placenta after delivery? Will they take it away to turn it into medicine or will you be able to take the placenta home and eat it?”

Have you ever been asked a similar question?