Benefits of placenta encapsulation
- Decrease chance of getting PPD (postpartum depression)
- Increase and enrichment of breast milk
- Increase of energy
- Helps to increase hemoglobin after birth
- Decrease in postpartum bleeding
- Decrease in postpartum night sweats
- A natural way to give your body back everything that was lost during child birth
The hormones in your placenta are unique to you and your child only! No prescription, vitamin, or supplement can do that!!!!! That, my friend is Mother Nature hard at work.
You want to do WHAT with my placenta?!?!
Ah yes this is a typical response I get when telling someone about placenta encapsulation for the first time. I know it is still considered a “new” thing. Although the truth is that the Chinese have been using their placenta for over 5000 years. Not to mention that every other mammal will consume theirs immediately following the birth of their young. Sometimes, leaving the newborns to fend for themselves until they are finished consuming it. Maybe we are just a little behind in the times.
Why would I want to do this?
When a woman gives birth her body is thrown into a whirlwind of hormonal shifts. Her estrogen level which was once sky high, has now plummeted to the ocean floor. Blood loss accompanies the birth as well. We then have a tiny little bundle of joy that we must figure out how to feed, change, and at some point convince that sleeping in the night time really is a good thing. Put all these things together and you a have a new mom who is utterly exhausted. This may not be the story of every woman, but sit a bunch of new moms inside of Starbucks and I promise you, with latte in hand, they will all agree with me. The truth is that 80% percent of mothers will experience some form of postpartum depression. (aka PPD or baby blues). Placenta encapsulation is simply a nice and neat way of returning to your body all that was lost during child birth.
Why should I encapsulate it?
So why not just cook up some placenta for family taco night? All joking aside many women consume there placentas immediately after birth. A lot of the time in smoothie form. You find this happens more often in a home birth environment. There are also recipes for placenta stew, lasagna, or pizza. The truth is that it is preferable to have the placenta cooked because it is easier for your body to absorb the nutrients. How ever tasty this might seem, my guess is getting a dinner date may be a bit of a problem. More importantly you can only eat the food over a course of a few days, so you are limiting the benefits. This is where encapsulation becomes the winner in my book. Your placenta is cleaned, steamed, dehydrated, ground down into a fine dust and them put into capsules. Most of the time you can get about a months supply out of one placenta. You take more the first two weeks and then work your way down as your body needs. You can even freeze some for menopause if you like.
What if I am having a c-section or get an epidural?
Yes you can, no matter if you have had a c-section, an epidural, or even meconium during birth, it is still ok to encapsulate . I have seen especially for c-section moms, they have a higher rate of healing. If possible ask that your placenta not be taken into Pathology, if they say it is mandatory let them know you want to make sure they know you are taking it home to be encapsulated, you need it in time for your discharge and not to use ANY CHEMICALS on it . You can request them to do a visual exam instead, if possible. There are a few circumstances in which the placenta is unsuitable for encapsulation. It is important for the fresh placenta to remain refrigerated, or frozen if the encapsulation process cannot be started within 48 hours. If it is not kept chilled bacteria may grow. Also if you developed an infection during the labor or postpartum you should not consume your placenta. There are other situations where deciding to encapsulate should be made on a case by case basis.
How do I do it ?
To start you should let your doctor or midwife know of your plans of keeping your placenta. Call me for an appointment to discuss encapsulation options. When you have had the baby, give me a call to arrange for me pick up your placenta.This is a two day process. Most of the time I have completed the process with in 48 hrs, and will return your finished product within that time.
I will leave you with your pills to put in the fridge as well as instructions, because I usually find them helpful in times of mommy fog myself.
So there you are ! Placenta in pill form. No taste, no mess, just reaping the benefits!
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