I am a certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, I have been trained in placenta anatomy, the ethics surrounding placenta encapsulation and postpartum mood disorders, as well as safe processing skills.
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby, in order for the mother to ingest it, also known as “Placentophagy”.
I use the modified Raw method; first cleaning the placenta, dehydrating it, grinding it into powder, and placing into capsules to be consumed by the mother how she sees appropriate.
A placenta tincture is made by taking a piece of raw placenta and steeping it in 80-100 proof alcohol for 6-8 weeks before consumption.
Placentophagy is beneficial because it reintroduces the vitamins, minerals, proteins, hormones and other nutrients into the mother’s body after birth, helping slow down the hormone and nutrient imbalance that occurs after birth
While the ‘evidence’ supporting placenta consumption is largely anecdotal, many mothers report numerous benefits including:
Decrease in baby blues/postpartum depression
Decreased postpartum bleeding
Increase in maternal energy
Improve mode and over sense of well being
Shorten the healing time after delivery
Increase in breastmilk production
Restore iron levels in blood
Increasing the “love and bonding hormone” (oxytocin) levels
Restore hormone balance
Provide natural pain relief