Placenta Encapsulation

What are the benefits to placenta encapsulation?

The benefits include some of the following...

  • Increased production of oxytocin

  • Decrease in postpartum mood disorder

  • Lower levels of stress hormones

  • Alleviates anxiety/stress

  • Increase general energy

  • Allow a quicker return to health after birth

  • Increase production of breast milk

  • Decrease likelihood of baby blues and post natal depression

  • Decrease likelihood of iron deficiency

  • Decrease likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders

  • Helps to restore your natural hormonal balance

Placenta For Healing

Many people of the world have known the secret power of the placenta as a medicinal supplement.

Among the Chinese and Vietnamese, it is a customary practice to prepare the placenta for consumption by the mother. The placenta is thought to be rich in nutrients that the mother needs to recover more readily from childbirth. In Italy, women have been known to eat parts of the placenta to help with lactation. Hungarian women bite the placenta to expedite the completion of labor. And knowledgeable midwives in this country have their birth mothers take bites of raw placenta to help stop hemorrhaging, due to its beneficial Oxytocin content. There are a variety of potential benefits to placentophagy. For one, the placenta contains vitamins and minerals that may help fight depression symptoms, such as vitamin B6. For another, the placenta is considered rich in iron and protein, which would be useful to women recovering from childbirth, and a particular benefit to vegetarian women.

Research on placentophagy is still in its infancy, although there is a large body of research beginning to develop on postpartum hormone fluctuations and health. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study that focused on CRH (Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone). CRH is a stress reducer, and is generally produced by the hypothalamus. During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes so much CRH that the levels in the bloodstream increase threefold. However, it was also discovered that postpartum women have lower than average levels of CRH, triggering depressive symptoms.1 They concluded that the placenta secreted so much CRH that the hypothalamus stopped producing it. Once the placenta was born, it took some time for the hypothalamus to get the signal that the CRH levels were low, and to begin producing it again. This is another sign that there is likely a biological cause for the baby blues.

The average placenta makes between 90-125 capsules.

Evidence Based Birth

Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN is the owner and founder of Evidence Based Birth. On February 22, 2017, she published a video from studies on placenta encapsulation. This video is from her findings.

(Doula-N-Da-Middle, LLC does not own the rights, did not participate in the gathering of, or received compensation to any of the information shared by Evidence Based Birth.)

Making informed decisions for the safety and well-being of yourself and your baby is our primary goal. No client will be obligated to do placenta encapsulation.

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