Placenta Encapsulation

I’m not going to lie… I find the placenta an amazing organ! The photo above is of my 6th earthside baby’s placenta. It had a few anomalies, and looks a lot different to most other placentas. The cord was exta long and curly and it even had a true knot. But the photo above is just stunning! It is almost like a piece of art the way that they forms and each one is so different! They can tell you so much about the pregnancy that it supported and even a lot about the baby that it fed life to.

Today I am going to talk a little bit about placentophagy. What is it, and why is is becoming so popular (again)?

Human placentophagy today is increasing in popularity due to the benefits that are believed to be a result from placenta consumption. Many women who have consumed their placenta report an increase in mood, energy and breastmilk supply, among other benefits.

Placentophagy is not new, it has been happening for many, many generations but today the only mammals not to instinctively consume their placenta are humans. The placenta has been at the centre of many rituals and superstitions throughout tribal cultures around the world. Ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine has held the placenta in high regard for centuries and it is here that we find our current placenta preparation techniques.

The idea of eating placenta turns most people’s stomach! The first time I had heard of it was in 2009. I remember researching my birthing options and I wanted to keep everything as natural as possible. I was concerned about blood loss immediately after birth and it was suggested to me on an online forum that I could try placing a piece of placenta into my mouth after birthing it. The Placenta is very rich with hormones and it is said that slicing a piece from the placenta and placing it under the tongue lets the body know that the birthing process has completed and that it can begin decrease blood flow to the uterus. As a vegetarian I wasn’t sure I could do it.

It wasn’t until I gave birth to my 6th child in 2012 that I actually had the opportunity to have my placenta prepared and encapsulated for my personal consumption (the placenta photographed above). So I didn’t have to eat it raw which was something I still struggled with the idea of. I did feel like my mood within the newborn period was much more settled and my emotions were a lot less erratic during the time I was consuming my placenta. This is the best reason why I advocate for women consuming their placenta.

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There are several ways to prepare a placenta for consumption; three I will mention here.

Raw. Pieces can be used in smoothies, it is usually frozen into easy-to-use cubes and then mixed with your favourite smoothie blend to add nutrients and hormones to aid a new mother.

Encapsulated (raw). This is where the placenta is cleaned, cut up and dehydrated without being steamed. It is then ground and encapsulated for daily consumption.

Encapsulated (steamed). This method is the most popular and is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is cleaned, steamed with appropriate herbs, cut up, dehydrated, ground then encapsulated.

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I have added placenta encapsulation to the other birth services I currently offer. If you are interested in knowing more about placenta encapsulation or you would like your placenta encapsulated please contact me by sending me a message via the contact page call on 0412673156.

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By Tanya Minotti Photography – Shepparton Birth services and placenta encapsulation specialist.

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