For thousands of years, midwives and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have known the secret of the revitalizing medicine of the placenta.
Many mothers worldwide have benefited from its revitalizing properties. More and more women in our culture are embracing proven wisdom of placental encapsulation remedies, and are rediscovering how these remedies can transform their postpartum experience.
When a Mama first bought the idea of placenta encapsulation to me, I was enchanted of the idea and focused all my energy to obtain all the information I could acquire.
When a midwife offered to teach me the practical side I was hooked!
Once I gained those skills, Women seemed to find me very quickly and soon I was taking requests for placenta encapsulation from all over Victoria!
I understood how magical the placenta was and how it contains a rich array of the mother’s own hormones and other factors that act to promote milk production, bonding, and recovery; boost her energy and immune function; and reduce inflammation, postpartum bleeding, stress, and baby blues.
So why not!
Placenta Encapsulation is the process of turning the placenta into capsules for the mothers postpartum recovery.
Placenta is full of vitamins, minerals, and hormones. If a mother has that goodness at her disposal it can be a tremendous resource in her postpartum recovery. Putting the placenta into capsule form makes it a viable option for many mamas. It is not much different than taking a vitamin.
There are three main benefits to placenta encapsulation that mums report as experiencing
1. Faster healing, more energy
2. Increased milk production
3. Helps avoid the baby blues
But actually there is a lot more then just those three:
- Prolactin: promotes lactation (breastmilk production)
- Oxytocin: helps uterus contract down to pre-pregnant size, promotes bonding by increasing feelings of love and connectedness, facilitates breastmilk ejection reflex (milk let-down)
- Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and recovery from stressful events
- Cortisone: combats stress, unlocks energy stores, reduces inflammation and pain
- Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
- Prostaglandins: reduces inflammation
- Urokinase inhibiting factor: reduces bleeding and enhances wound healing
- Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against infections
- Stem Cells and Growth Factors.
- Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) – responsible for reducing stress levels
- Cytokines – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replacing damaged cells and tissue
- Iron – essential for oxygen absorption and transport, essential for oxygen absorption in the cells. Oxytocin hormone – essential for facilitating birth and breastfeeding
- Vitamin B6 – aids in the making of antibodies and hemoglobin, helps cope with stress
- Vitamin E – assists healing damaged skin, prevents oxidative damage to cells, reduces pain from uterine cramps
During and after birth (incluing post-natal bleeding) a mother generally loses between 1/8 to 1/10 of her body’s blood supply. The placenta will supply the new mother with incredibly rich meaty iron, amino acids and essential fats. Also they have found that the stem cells and growth matter in the placenta play a key role in healing the wound left by the separation of the placenta from the uterine wall.
Generally a mother will bleed for 3-6 weeks after birth and this blood loss stems from where the placenta separated from the uterine wall. The studies show though that mothers who consume their placenta after birth bleed significantly less.
Studies have also shown that the symptoms of post-natal depression are linked with a severe lack of essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin B6 and hormones including CRH (our stress reducer hormone), all of which are in high supply in the placenta.
The actual process of placenta encapsulation is a pretty straight forward one.
- Wash it to remove excess blood
- Steam to kill any bacteria, germs or bugs that may be present
- Cutting up into thin slices to make the dehydration period more efficient
- Dehydration for around 12 hours
- Grinding up and placing in capsules
- Delivering back to mama
The only real reason you can not encapsulate is because your placenta has been sent to pathology in hospital for any reason or if it hasn’t been stored in a clean and sterile, leak proof container after birth or stored in a cooler bag on ice or in a safe refrigerator at home and if you have transmittable diseases such as Hep B, C, syphilis, HIV 1 & 2, HTLV 1 & 2. You can still do cord clamping with encapsulation, you just have 3-4 hours after birth to refrigerate.
Would you like to read more about placenta encapsulation? Belly Belly have an awesome article to read and you can also head over to Placenta Services Australia to find a placenta encapsulation service based on your location.