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Placentas are amazing organs, so it's no wonder cultures have been putting them to use for thousands of years. Some cultures consuming them, such as in Ancient Chinese Medicine, while others burying them or giving them some type of ceremonial handling. Nature has fascinated me for the greater part of my life and I have always felt that the systems set in place for the natural order of things is wise. The organ itself has fascinating qualities and the only one that our bodies make and then dispose of. It provides all babies needs during the entire pregnancy, and then has the capability of giving mom what she needs to sustain her new baby and ease her transition during the postpartum healing process.
Placenta Encapsulation is the process of dehydrating and grinding the organ into a powder to be placed inside of empty capsules. There are two different methods that can be used, the first one, and the oldest method used in Ancient China referred to as the Traditional Chinese Medicine Method or TCM and the other is called the Raw Method.
Traditional Chinese Method or TCM is the recommended and most popular method. The hallmark of this method is the steaming process. Typically steamed with fresh lemongrass, ginger and spicy green pepper, then thinly sliced and dehydrated for up to 10 hours. It is then ground into powder with a food processor or mortar pestle depending on consumer preference, and finally put into vegetarian capsules for consumption.
Raw Method In when the steaming process is skipped in the belief that the heat takes away nutrients and enzymes. It is simply sliced thin and dehydrated. This step can make the process take a bit longer than the TCM method. It is then ground into powder with a food processor or mortar pestle depending on consumer preference, and finally put into vegetarian capsules for consumption.
Placenta Encapsulation Benefits include:
Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant
Increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone
Decrease in post-partum depression levels
Restoration of iron levels in the blood
Increase in milk production
Gives the mother more energy
Lessens postnatal bleeding
Tincture proven helpful during menopause
There are many claims made about the benefits of consuming placenta. This list is from Placenta Benefits.info
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Do they carry toxins or high levels of metals?
The placenta facilitates the exchange of gases and nutrients from your blood stream to the baby’s. While the placenta prevents some toxins and other matter from getting to your baby, they are not actually stored in the placenta. Any waste that doesn’t belong in the baby is sent back into your system to be processed and disposed through your kidneys and liver. So no, it is not full of toxins. It is bursting with of an incredible variety of nutrients and hormones that are just waiting to be used by mom to have a healthier, happier postpartum period.
I’m vegan! I can’t eat it!!!
Your placenta is the product of LIFE, not death. Nothing had to die to create it. It is undoubtedly associated with birth and life. Bonus!!! Did you know consuming your placenta is good for the environment too? The majority of placentas born in a hospital are incinerated or disposed of with millions of other tons of medical waste.
Is it still safe to consume after and epidural or spinal block?
YES! Both epidurals and pitocin break down and leave the system very quickly so they won't have a noticeable effect on your capsules.
How do I store the placenta after birth?
After the birth, the placenta will be placed on ice in a biohazard or ziplock bag inside of a small cooler. It should be picked up and processed as soon as possible.
It’s gross and probably tastes bad. You don't have to handle your placenta at all. Your provider or hospital/birth centre staff will bag it and save it for you to take home in a cooler. After the placenta has been washed, dehydrated and ground into powder, it's placed into capsules, and has no taste. It won't taste any different than a vitamin or pill.
What are the possible negative side effects?
The reported negative side effects is over production of milk and possible jitters. These symptoms can be easily resolved by decreasing dosage. .
Animals only do this to protect themselves from animals.
In theory this makes a lot of sense, however it has been discredited for several different reasons. * Non challenged predators still eat their placentas. * Primates that birth in trees don't drop their placentas from the tree, but instead will spend hours eating it. * Non-nesting species will often remain on site.
What could prevent me from consuming my placenta?
There are 3 main issues that could prevent you from encapsulating your placenta such as INFECTION, HOSPITAL POLICY and PATHOLOGY. It's also important to make sure that your birth team knows you want to keep your placenta – especially if you are having a c-section.
Let us consider the origin of the placenta to answer this question. Although it is an organ, it's derived primarily from the fertilized egg which carries the fetus’s genome. It's much like the whites of an egg.
"Thank you Nadine Ross! I think those placenta capsules you made are working. I'm feeling terrific! And my milk supply is on a whole new level of awesomeness."
Jessica Phillips ~ September 7th 2017
1 week postpartum
"I'm a little tired but other than that everything is perfect! Those capsules must be working because I have enough milk to feed all the children of Africa."
Shannon Bristlon ~ June 22nd 2017
3 days postpartum
" Thank you so much for doing my placenta encapsulation they have helped me so much after I gave birth to my surrogate baby and I will be coming back so you can do mine with my own baby real soon."
Becky Miron ~ September 21st 2017
6 weeks postpartum