What is placenta encapsulation and how can it help you?
This maybe something you have heard of or maybe not. Maybe the thought of it makes you feel ill but don’t write it off until you have researched the wonderful benefits of your placenta and how it can continue to help you after your baby is born.
Placenta encapsulation is not eating your placenta raw. In actual fact your placenta is collected after you have given birth, it is then dehydrated and ground into a powered that is put into capsules. These capsules are usually returned to you within 24 – 48 hours, so way before the baby blues kick in.
The capsules are then believed to help you:
- healing faster
- lessen baby blues
- increasing your milk supply
- replenishes your iron levels
- increases your energy levels
- balances your hormones
- assists your uterus to return to pre-pregnancy state
- helps you to feel happier
In fact most of my clients call these their happy pills.
We as humans are the only mammals who do not actually consume our own placenta after birth so it does make you think why not especially when you consider that our placenta contains some very useful hormones. To name just a few, prolactin which promotes lactation, increases milk supply. Oxytocin which helps to decrease pain and increase bonding between mother and baby (often referred to as the hormone of love). Hemoglobin which provides a boost in energy. Cortisone which helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. Iron, anemia is a common postpartum condition, placenta encapsulation replenishes maternal iron stores and therefore increased energy and decreases fatigue and depression.
So with all this good stuff going back into your body why wouldn’t you consider encapsulating your placenta?
Having said all this if you decide to encapsulate your placenta make sure the person doing it is properly trained, has a food standards certificate and blood borne pathogen training as well as actual placenta encapsulation training.
About The Author
Chrissie Smith Schuler from Placenta Encapsulation
Chrissie Smith-Schuler is a Mom, her passion is helping families during their pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond. In 2013 Chrissie completed her doula training with Wombs to become a certified Doula. She then went on to study with Postpartum Doula certification with Childbirth International. 2013 also saw her becoming a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist with the IPPA
Aside from the above Chrissie also runs classes in Baby Weaning, Rebozo and offers belly binding.