Most mammals eat their placenta. Consuming the placenta after birth is normal in mammals. It's speculated that this is done for nutritional benefits. Informal evidence on placenta consumption in human beings is massively positive. A few different options in which a person can enjoy their placenta, but placenta encapsulation is the most popular method. The custom of eating placenta is centuries old and is gaining popularity in the United States. The placenta is a temporary organ created by the body during pregnancy. The placenta delivers nutrients and oxygen to a developing baby, and it is full of vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, and iron. The placenta is also hormone rich with progesterone and estrogen.
Placenta Encapsulation 101
Placenta encapsulation is the tradition of consuming the placenta after it has been made into pills. Born In Bliss encapsulates placentas by steaming them with carefully selected herbs, dehydrating them in a food-grade dehydrator. Next, the dehydrated placenta is grounded into a powder and is encapsulating. Encapsulate the placenta process typically occurs right after birth. Your placenta is ready between 48-72 after the placenta is picked up.
The placenta encapsulation process is started within 24 hours after your birth. The placenta is laid out on a chux pad. Next, the umbilical cord is removed along with the amniotic sac. Then the placenta is cleansed underwater and is massaged. The placenta is placed in a steamer. The placenta is steamed for 20 minutes with herbs that offer microbial benefits. When the placenta is finished steaming in herbs, it is removed and cut into strips. The placenta strips are then placed in the dehydrator. The umbilical cord can also be made into a heart or shape by further dehydration for a keepsake once the placenta is finished dehydrating ground into a powder. The powder is then processed into size capsules or keeps in its powder form for shakes. The capsules or powder is stored in a glass bottle in the refrigerator for later use.
Pros of Placenta Encapsulation
While there is little evidence-based information available for placenta encapsulation, The benefits of placenta encapsulation include: faster healing after childbirth, improved energy levels, boosted milk production, and decreased risk of postpartum depression. Studies have shown that during the preparation process, hormones do remain in the placentas. Researchers have measured the progesterone and estradiol of the placenta after birth and have found a high level that could have psychological effects when eaten. The American Pregnancy Association, placenta encapsulation has helped with mood stabilization through lifting oxytocin levels. This suggests that placenta encapsulation has a regulatory influence on postpartum hormones. This will improve both mother's postpartum moods and milk output supply.
...and the Cons
No large study currently to suggest that there are risks with placenta encapsulation. There are rare occasions, and some women report that they feel jittery or have an increase in anxiety, much like feeling over-caffeinated, after eating their encapsulated placenta. Some reports suggest a women's milk supply can decrease instead of an increase in milk supply. Every individual should evaluate the benefits and potential risks of whether or not placenta encapsulation is the right choice for them. The (CDC) Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns against placenta encapsulation.
Making Your Decision
There is limited research that supports or opposition of placenta encapsulation. There are benefits, as well as risks. The reported benefits of PE (placenta encapsulation) include mental and physical benefits. Each person's experience with their placenta is an individual one, and no two experiences will be the same.
If you're interested in Born In Bliss placenta services, reach out to us! The herbalists at Born In Bliss is committed to safe preparation and storage of the placenta to keep this low custom risk for anyone interested in possibly experiencing the great benefits of placenta encapsulation.
Thank you for reading! Tayna your future midwife.