You’ve heard about placenta encapsulation. It’s the process of preparing the placenta to be ingested after birth- specifically putting it into pills. And you’re curious, but you’re not sure it’s right for you. Here are some things to consider:
It’s very normal to be a bit concerned about how you’ll adjust once your baby is born. If you’re a first time mom, you know that you’ll have new demands on your energy. Or perhaps with previous births, you’ve felt a bit out of sorts afterwards, and you want to feel better this time.
The process that I use, based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is intended to restore balance to the body. So if you’re open to holistic ways of caring for your health, this is right up your alley.
**Keep in mind, placenta capsules are not a substitute for visits with your OB or midwife. They are NOT intended to treat any medical conditions. So please, don’t skip your six week appointment or any other medical care.
One of the reasons processing in home is such a benefit to clients is that they get extra time with an expert, soon after their baby is born.
So with every placenta client, I usually take a few minutes to act as a postpartum doula– making sure that you’re cared for and baby is adjusting well is a part of the in home service.
Though perhaps still on the crunchier end of the spectrum, placenta encapsulation is becoming popular among new moms. Celebrities like Tamera Mowry and Khloe Kardashian have turned to placenta for their recovery after baby. And likely some women you know as well.
Do you want to be sure that your placenta is treated with care, and respect?
Your placenta and your health are not to be treated lightly. So I took an in person training with impeccable standards and accountability. My certification organization requires that I maintain blood borne pathogen certification and follow strict protocols.
These protocols include requiring that my clients transport the placenta and processing takes place in their home. It removes chances for “mixups”. Your pills have only been exposed to your home environment, and you know exactly what you’re putting in your body.
Integrity is a huge part of my business. So I’ll be blunt– we do not know all of what is contained in a processed placenta. Research is ongoing, and has been for some time. But because encapsulators follow different methods, it will likely be a long time before I feel satisfied enough to tell clients what vitamins and minerals are in their pills (if I ever can). I don’t oversell this service, and I don’t guarantee benefits.
And Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long track record of using placenta as an herb successfully. And I know that my clients are getting a service held to the highest standards of care and safety.
For those that have encapsulated, what helped you decide?
If you have more questions about encapsulation, ask in the comments, or give me a call!