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PLACENTA GETS BURIED ON TV.

A COUPLE will bury the placenta from the birth of their son under a tree - for a TV gardening programme.

BBC2 staff filmed Catriona Patterson and Steve Herbert's "environmental" burial for the show Gardening Neighbours.

Student Catriona, 24, kept the placenta in her freezer after son Estienne was born.

Then engineer Steve buried the afterbirth before the cameras - a TV first - and planted a birch tree on top.

Catriona, of Sheffield, said yesterday: "Some hospitals sell placentas to cosmetics firms.

"This is more environmentally friendly." Steve added: "It was originally a pagan ritual. You return to the soil the goodness which your baby survived on."

The scene will be shown on December 18.

Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall once cooked a placenta on Channel 4's TV Dinners.
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Author:Burdon, Jackie
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 27, 1998
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