Placenta, It Does A Body Good

It’s been all over the news lately.  Perhaps you have seen stars like Holly Madison and January Jones chose to consume their placentas after the birth.  Is this yet another crazy Hollywood trend or does this practice have value and historical roots? You may not have heard of it until now, but the act of eating ones own placenta is called placentophagy and has been practiced for centuries.  Originally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the placenta, called ‘zi he chi’, is commonly used to treat insufficiency and to strengthen the body.

placenta encapsulatedThe school of thought is simple.  Your placenta has nourished your baby for an entire 40 weeks supplying baby’s each and every need.   It is an amazing temporary endocrine organ that once delivered is often discarded as ‘medical waste.’  Studies show that the placenta is extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6 and of course, your own natural hormones.  These are immediately lost once the placenta has been delivered causing a hormonal imbalance.  By reintroducing these essential hormones and nutrients back into your system you are able to replenish your body with exactly what it needs. Furthermore, your placenta has already been created perfectly for you and baby so there are essentially no side effects.

I chose to have my placenta encapsulated at my midwife’s suggestion after the birth of my second child.  To be honest, when she first mentioned eating the ‘after-birth’ I was a bit taken off guard.  I thought, and I may have even said out loud, “Why would I want to do that?”  And, typical of most initial reactions, I was grossed out by the idea.  My midwife sweetly educated me on all of the many benefits of consuming your placenta and by the end of our conversation I was convinced that placenta encapsulation was something I absolutely had to do.  After consuming my placenta pills I was energized, I had a tremendous milk supply, and was able to recover much more quickly than my previous postpartum experience.  I was blown away at how much better I felt and wanted to share with every mother I knew about using my placenta as preventative care.

Mine was not an isolated experience.  Although current formal research is not available what we do have is years of anecdotal evidence all repeatedly reporting similar experiences.

Most moms report the placenta pills help to: - Diminish “baby blues” - Increase breast milk production - Help the uterus to contract down, therefore decreasing postpartum bleeding - Ease fatigue - Contain your own natural hormones - Balance your system - Replenish nutrients lost during childbirth - Increase energy levels - Ease your postpartum transition

Overall, women who take placenta capsules report fewer emotional issues, have more energy and tend to enjoy a faster, more pleasant postpartum recovery.

The process is easy.  Simply contact a Professional Placenta Service Provider in your area to arrange for services.   This can be done whether delivering at home, hospital or birth center.   Most hospitals are aware of a woman’s right to her own placenta and only require that a waiver be signed.  Your Professional Placenta Service Provider will typically steam, dehydrate, and grind the placenta into powder, returning it back to you in the form of easy to swallow capsules.  The desire is to remove the “ick” factor so that more women will embrace placentophagy and can recover more naturally.  The first few days and weeks with your new baby are precious.  Investing in your postpartum recovery may be the best thing you can do for you and your family.

Written By Tamara Guida and Kate Kemp

Professional Placenta Service Providers

Fruit of the Womb – Colorado Placenta Services

For more information on the benefits of placenta encapsulation visit the Fruit Of The Womb website.