I prepare placentas for postpartum consumption to help women back to hormonal equilibrium and to mitigate the potential for “baby blues”, postpartum depression and other postpartum mood disorders. At this point, scientific research has not been done to verify or dispute the benefits of consuming one’s placenta but I’m a believer in its benefits due to my own experience and the experiences of clients, friends and family. I give it 4 gold stars!
Anna is very easy to work with, and you can tell she truly loves what she does. She encapsulated my placenta for my last two births (Jan. 2017 and Dec. 2018) and makes the process easy by coming to the hospital or your house (even on Christmas!). She puts care into her work and made my postpartum recovery smooth. Thanks, Anna.Ann D.
There is a wealth of information on the positive health effects and nutritional value of placenta consumption and here’s why, Placenta consumption has been reported to:
- Balance hormones
- Enhance milk supply
- Increase energy
- Are rich in vitamin B6
- Rich in Iron
How it works
I encourage my clients to tell their care provider before their birth that they will be keeping their placenta. Clients can feel free to mention that they will be doing placenta encapsulation or simply say that they would like it for “personal reasons”. When clients see the staff begin to clean up directly after their birth, it is important to remind the staff, that they will be taking the placenta home. Most area hospitals have clients fill out a ‘Release of Medical Waste’ form. At this point, their placenta is ready for pick up, and I am contacted.
I will pick up the placenta and get started processing it ASAP. It is my goal that this process is as easy for my placenta encapsulation clients as possible. For this reason, I gladly pick up the placenta with my own cooler, process it in 24 hours, then drop it back off to the client in capsule form. If the umbilical cord was still attached to the placenta when I receive it, I will include a free gift of a cord keepsake.
Depending on the size and health of the placenta, you can assume that you will receive 80-120 placenta capsules. When deciding how many capsules to consume and how often, it is always important to follow your bodies needs first and foremost. My personal recommendation is to start with 2 capsules every morning, more if you are feeling particularly emotionally fragile.
*Placentas cannot be used if it needs to be sent to pathology for any reason. Cesarean section will not effect the quality and encapsulation can still be done.