Placenta – ingest it? A scientific approach of using placenta-remedies during post partum

Sophia Johnson

"Researching a subject, which has been known and set to use by midwives for centuries, however is seen controversial in most of today's society, sparked my interest. I wanted to research a "non-scientific" topic and, whilst using the newest methods of analysis, turn it into a scientific topic. The film is an amazing opportunity to show everyone who is interested what we`ve been working on in the last four years."



The research project

It is not unknown that some women ingest their placenta as a remedy after giving  birth. Post partum benefits are said to include increased milk production, decreased post partum depression, accelerated uterine regression and a subjective feeling of  "having more energy". We want to research: What is contained within the placenta and is its ingestion dangerous?

Vita Sophia Johnson

  • Scholarship by "Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung" and by Graduate Akademy, FSU Jena
  • since 2016: Specialization in Homeopathic Medicine
  • since 10/2014: PhD Student at Jena University Hospital, Placenta-Lab
  • Since 01/2014: Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Weimar Hospital
  • since 2013: Ärztin im Kinder-und Jugendärztlichen Dienst, Gesundheitsamt Weimarer Land
  • Practical Trainings during medschool in Cleveland, Ohio; Bozen, Italy; St. Petersburg, Russia; Ayr, Scotland; Tanga, Tanzania;
  • Degree in Anthroposophical Medicine and traditional Chinese Medicine
  • 2005 - 2012 medical studies at University of Witten/Herdecke, Degree: MD

Sophia lives with her Husband and three children in Weimar.

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