Why consume your placenta?

During birth, women lose 18 to 110 of their blood supply. The mammal placenta was made to be consumed and make up for this loss by giving the new mother essential fats, amino acids, vast amounts of iron and essential hormones, all to aid the body in self recovery after birth. Avoid postpartum symptoms: depression, low vitality, fatigue, insufficient lactation and hormonal imbalance. Have your placenta processed into capsules to replenish the energy and nutrients you lost during pregnancy!

Why consider placenta encapsulation?

Your placenta is full of your own bio-specific hormones, nutrients and healing properties:

  • Gonadotropin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
  • Prolactin: promotes lactation.
  • Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. In pharmaceutical form this is a very addictive drug because it promotes a feeling of connectedness with others.
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events.
  • Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores.
  • Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections.
  • Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory.
  • Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition.
  • Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.
  • Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections.

How long do I use my capsules?

The first two weeks are the most important and effective time to be taking the placenta. You can taper off after that, or continue to take them at the original dosage. Follow your body’s cues and adjust the dosage accordingly. How many to take in the postpartum period depends on the mother and her needs. I recommend 1-2 capsules three times a day for two weeks. Since everyone is different, I would increase the dosage for a mom with postpartum depression (PPD). Likewise, if mom is feeling run down, fatigued, low in breast milk supply or emotionally fragile increase dosage. You can always take more a few months down the road if you need a “pick me up.”

How is the placenta prepared?

I pick up the placenta from the hospital or your home. I prepare it at my home by steaming and then dehydrating in the Traditional Chinese Method (TCM). I steam the placenta with lemon for grounding, ginger for circulation and black peppercorns for heat. Another option is to cut some placenta off, about a quarter size, to use in a raw smoothie. I can also save the broth from the steaming process to add to a smoothie.
I use vegetarian capsules and deliver them to you at your home or the hospital. This is usually a 24 to 48 hour process, depending on the time of day I receive the placenta.

I can also dehydrate the umbilical cord as a keepsake in the shape of a heart or spiral, depending on the length of the cord or clients request of the shape.

What you get
One placenta can produce 90 to 150 capsules depending on the size. You reap all of the healthful benefits of placenta quickly and discreetly, and the capsules – kept in the refrigerator – will last indefinitely (for years).

When you choose placenta encapsulation you replenish your body with your own natural iron, protein and essential hormones needed in the postpartum period. Placenta capsules lessen postnatal bleeding, replenish depleted iron, impart energy, help with breast milk production, and assist your uterus to returning to its pre-pregnant state. When stored in the freezer, your capsules can be used at a later time to help with difficult menstrual cycles, by reducing bleeding and cramps. Capsules can also help with symptoms of menopause.

The placenta can be mom’s gateway to wellness postpartum as it contains high levels of various vitamins, such as B6, which can help curb postpartum depression. Consuming the placenta gives mom back all those nutrients she was providing for her unborn baby. Eating the placenta also increases a mother’s blood levels of a hormone known as CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone), a known stress-reducer. This hormone is normally secreted by the hypothalamus. Studies have also shown that eating the placenta can also increase milk production, and slow postpartum hemorrhage.

“It was wonderful after both of my children were born to feel like myself. I know from talking with other mom’s that the baby blues are common in the postpartum period. I decided to encapsulate my placenta with both of my babies. I truly think it made my recovery quicker. I was going for short walks around our neighborhood days after delivery with both of my children. I feel I was able to truly enjoy the precious first weeks with my newborn babies with a clear mind and a good energy level. The two times I had crying periods were when I was weaning my dose. After going back up to two capsules, three times a day, I felt great. I then waited another week before trying to wean again. Encapsulating is not a common practice here in the states which is why I did not learn about it until late in my first pregnancy and I am so glad I did. I would certainly recommend encapsulating to anyone interested.”
~ Oona



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Limitations and Disclaimer:
I am not a licensed medical professional and I am not able to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any health condition. However, I am certified through Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to handle blood borne pathogens. (Certification number 136425548577) Services and fees are for the preparation and encapsulation of your placenta, not for the sale of the capsules. No specific benefits or effects are promised. Any benefits will vary from person to person. Some of the ascribed benefits of placenta consumption are supported by ongoing research; however these benefits have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA.

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