Eating the placenta, which is also known as the afterbirth, is widely practiced by Polynesian women, mainly in Hawaii. However, the practice is not limited to Polynesian culture.
Various other cultures on both the Asian and African continents also consider the placenta to be a sacred substance, and many new mothers eat the placenta after giving birth. In Hawaii, women are legally entitled to take the placenta home from the hospital after giving birth, but this is not the case in all states. In some states, the placenta is carted away and marked as "biological waste." Americans on the mainland have slowly begun to adopt the practice of eating the placenta.