ABOUT THE PLACENTA
As a baby develops and grows during pregnancy, the Placenta plays a vital role. It provides nourishment and protection to your baby, regulates hormones to sustain pregnancy and plays a hormonal role during labor and birth. Throughout history, and in many cultures around the world, the Placenta is revered as scared. The newborn baby’s placenta is the focus of many post-birth rituals around the world. As well as honoring the baby’s placenta, these practices spiritually safeguard baby and mother during the major transitions of birth and the postnatal period.
There are many examples that illustrate the importance of rituals involving the Placenta among various cultures. The influence of the child’s placenta and cord is, in many places, thought to extend long after birth. In Cambodia, for example, the baby’s placenta, which traditional Cambodian healers call “the globe of the origin of the soul,” must be buried in the right location and orientation to protect the baby. In Turkey, the placenta, which is known as the friend or comrade of the baby, is wrapped in a clean cloth and buried. In some places, the placenta is known as the child’s sibling or twin. In Nepal, for example, the placenta is known as bucha-co-satthi (the baby’s friend). The placenta is held in reverence and awe because it accompanies the child from the spirit or womb world.
WHAT IS PLACENTOPHAGY?
Another common practice surrounding the Placenta is called Placentophagy, which is the practice of ingesting the placenta. Some women eat their placentas raw, prepare it in a smoothie, or make a stew or soup with their placenta to reap it’s many nutritional and spiritual benefits. Another common practice is to encapsulate the placenta. This involves the process in which the Placenta is dried, ground and then put into capsules for the mother to ingest. Encapsulating the placenta, can be a much more palatable way to ingest a Placenta, as it is then taken like a vitamin supplement. Only a few studies have been done related to the practice of Placentophagy. Most of the ‘evidence’ is feedback from women that have practiced Placentophagy. Many women have reported that their postpartum recovery is easier, lower occurrence of postpartum mood disorders, increased milk supply, and feeling better overall in comparison to their peers’ postpartum experiences, or previous births where their placenta was not ingested.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION PROCESS?
I have been professionally trained to encapsulate Placentas using the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formula. Within a few days after the birth (usually within 24 hours), the placenta is carefully steamed with fresh slices of jalapeños, lemon, and ginger. The Placenta is then sliced into strips and slowly dehydrated in an oven. Once the strips are dried, the Placenta is ground into a fine powder. The Placenta powder is then carefully put into gel caps.
QUANTITY, DOSAGE & USAGE
Most Placentas yield approximately 80-180 capsules, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the size of your baby’s placenta. Typically, the recommended dosage is 2-3 capsules, 2-3 times per day for the first 2-3 weeks postpartum. Leftover Placenta capsules can be saved for later in life. They have an indefinite shelf life when stored in a freezer. Many women find that it helps during life transitions or hormonal transitions such as menopause, or even when recovering from a subsequent pregnancy that resulted in loss, or other times of stress or depleted energy.
Taking Placenta capsules during the postpartum period has been reported to:
- Increase breast milk supply
- Increase energy & lower stress levels in the early recovery period
- Decrease the occurrence of postpartum depression, mood swings, anxiety or “baby blues”
- Balance hormones
- Lessen postpartum bleeding
- Improve the body’s serotonin levels
PLACENTA SERVICES PACKAGE
- Placenta pick-up, ideally within 24 of birth
- Safe, sanitary packaging with written dosage, usage and storage information
- Adherence to Department of Health’s food handler’s requirements
- Adherence to OHSA safety guidelines
- Delivery of Placenta capsules within 24-48 hours of pick-up
- A print of your Placenta on quality artists’ paper for keepsake purposes
- Dried Umbilical Cord Keepsake
- Placenta Tincture (for an additional fee)
The Placenta Services Package is currently offered for $175. A tincture can be made for an additional $25. There will be a minimum $25 travel fee for locations outside of Kitsap County. Prices are subject to change, and scheduling for Placenta services will be based on availability. The fee can be paid at your convenience before 38 weeks pregnant. Your spot in my books will be reserved when payment is received. In some cases, financial arrangements/payment plans can be set up. Please contact me today, and we can schedule an interview to discuss the benefits of Placenta Encapsulation for your postpartum recovery period!
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