Placenta encapsulation (also known as placentophagy) is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground and placed into capsules.
The placenta is an organ that is attached to the mothers’ uterus and allows nutrients and oxygen to pass through to your baby, and waste to be taken away from your baby. The practice of consuming the placenta after birth can be found dating back centuries and is documented in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
In TCM postnatal women are considered to have an excess of cold in the body. Prepared or cooked placenta will have a warming (tonifying) effect on your system, bringing you more quickly into balance.
What are the benefits of taking placenta capsules?
Your placenta is perfectly made for you, because it is you. The placenta is thought to be rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients and hormones that the mother needs to recover more readily from pregnancy and childbirth.
Once your placenta has been processed into capsule form, it is believed that this provides numerous benefits such as:
- Providing you with your own natural hormones;
- Increases the oxytocin in the body therefore helps to speed up the uterus returning to pre-pregnancy state;
- Balances your body’s systems;
- Replenishes depleted iron in your body;
- Reduces postpartum bleeding;
- Increases energy and reduces fatigue;
- Decreases the likelihood of postpartum depression;
- Increases milk production;
- Increases the bonding between mother and baby;
- Can be helpful during menstrual cycle and menopause.
How long does it take?
You must ensure that your health care providers are aware of your decision to have your placenta encapsulated so that they can place the placenta in the fridge prior to collection or delivery to me.
I will need to start the process of encapsulating your placenta within 48 hours of the birth. I prefer to collect the placenta myself within 24 hours of being contacted to ensure timelines are sufficient, however you can arrange for someone to deliver the placenta to me.
It usually takes around 24-36 hours for me to collect, prepare and encapsulate your placenta. It will take longer if your placenta has been frozen as it must be defrosted in the fridge naturally.
What is the research showing evidence for placenta encapsulation?
Small studies have been published determining the benefits of placenta encapsulation, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from mothers who have used the placenta capsules. Jodi Selander, founder of PBi, is involved with ongoing and current research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Through this research, we hope to learn more about the benefits of placentophagy for postpartum recovery and the mechanisms by how it works.
For more information, articles and current research please go to Placenta Benefits information (PBi) http://placentabenefits.info/articles.asp
Here is Jodi Selander giving an overview about consuming your placenta.
I have completed my training with Placenta Benefits (PBi) as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.
I also hold the following current qualifications, which are updated every year to ensure that your placenta will be handled in the safest, hygienic and most respectful way (click on title to view certificate):
Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control for Placenta Encapsulators – Updated July 2017
Hospitality Institute of Australia – Safe Food Handlers – July 2015
I am also a verified member of Placenta Services Australia, which is a governing body here in Australia for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists to ensure appropriate training, insurances, professionalism and code of conduct.
For more information or to make a booking please contact me on 9303 9111 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org