Utah Valley Doula

Placenta Encapsulation

The Benefits

There are many ways to consume the placenta. I know.  It’s a weird thought. But when you take away the “ick” factor and add up the remarkable benefits, the reality of it is, the human body is amazing!  When processing the placenta, I use the Traditional Chinese Method (TCM) and prepare in capsule form.  At that point, it is as easy as taking your vitamins.

According to recent studies, placentophagy has many benefits including:

  • reduce post­birth bleeding quickly
  • encourage a quick and healthy milk supply
  • balance hormonal peaks and drops
  • reduce stress levels
  • prevent the baby blues and postnatal depression
  • boost energy to cope with a busy day after little sleep
  • improve the appearance of skin/hair/nails

Traditional Chinese Method

The most popular placenta encapsulation process used widely around the world is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques, where the placenta is considered a powerful and sacred medicine.  TCM holds the placenta as a ‘full of life force’ organ offering those who consume it ‘jing’ energy only obtainable at birth and consuming placenta is comparable to ‘drinking from the fountain of youth’.

Placenta Capsules are made from your placenta with no added ingredients. The placenta is steamed with lemon, ginger and green chilli according to TCM recipes. The lemon acts as an astringent and the ginger and pepper are blood wamers that help to move things through the blood.

The Science Behind

Placentophagy

Loss of  a large amount of blood during birth quickly can cause iron- deficiency or anemia, which causes exhaustion and that overall tired feeling.  Placentas are incredibly rich in meaty iron, amino acids and essential fats, which, objectively is the perfect replenishment following the physical exertion of pregnancy, labor and birth.

After the “birth” of your baby’s placenta, a wound is left inside the uterus by the separation of the placenta from the uterine wall. The placenta is full of stem cells and growth factors. Growth Factors are responsible for signalling our cells to heal, repairing damaged cells or replacing dead cells. These kew factors aid in healing the wound left inside the uterus by the separation of the placenta from the uterine wall.   Therefore causing women to bleed post-birth significantly less; usually between just 5 – 10 days after giving birth!

The most important nutrients found in rich supply in the placenta include:

  • Stem Cells and Growth Factors.
  • Iron – essential for oxygen absorption in the cells.
  • Vitamins B6 – aids in the making of antibodies.
  • Vitamin E – for healing damaged skin cells.
  • Oxytocin hormone – essential for facilitating birth and breastfeeding.
  • Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) – responsible for reducing stress levels.
  • Cytokines – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replacing damaged cells and tissue.