Yes, let's think that, as it may cushion us from the harsh reality of this:
|Not a rawhide chew toy in a jar.|
I'm a little late to the party with this product. It was marketed as one of the hot Christmas gifts for new mommies and other people with brain damage in 2009. A quick Googling shows that it garnered a fair amount of...
Excuse me while I clear my browser cache of the search term "placenta teddy bear kit."
...of disgusted press coverage back then. Somehow, what with the recession and skyrocketing gas prices and all, I missed out on the chance to purchase one of these kits for my friends who were looking for ways to commemorate the birth of a child and get their Ed Gein on at the same time. (You'd be surprised how many of my friends fit that description, but that's another post.)
Personally, I can't think of a better craft project for a new mother than preserving and curing the sticky afterbirth expelled during labor, then cutting, folding, and stitching it into the shape of a faceless, oddly proportioned toy bear. Especially one who may be suffering from post-partum depression. Fun tip: Have Hitchcock's Psycho playing in the background; it will not only set a festive mood but may provide helpful taxidermy advice as well.
I've been unable to discover what these kits sold for, or how many were actually sold. Given the product's promotional tagline of "a crafty alternative for those who don’t necessarily want to eat their baby's placenta," I can only imagine there are millions of these things in nurseries around the globe.
Shockingly, it doesn't appear you can buy this kit any more, which means all of those cuddly placentabears are now collector's items. They'll probably start showing up on "Pawn Stars" pretty soon (hilarity ensues when the Old Man catches Chumlee spreading peanut butter on the shop's newest acquisition for a snack). It also means that if you want to fashion a placenta into a beloved children's toy, you'll just have to take it to Build-A-Bear like everyone else.
|Aww, he's got Daddy's eyes!|
(photo from http://www.urlesque.com/2008/09/23/inside-out-teddy-bears-look-scary/)