Placenta Encapsulation

Why consume it?

The placenta is an organ that we, female, mammals produce in pregnancy, it serves as our connection to the fetus. It produces a series of hormones, as well as facilitates oxygen and nutrients exchange from momma to baby. 

The placenta facilitates the production of various hormones needed to maintain a viable pregnancy. They are lost in the last stage of labor with the birth of the placenta. At that lost, your endocrine system attempts to re-establish the pre-pregnancy-the balance and then re-balance your body’s hormone levels substantially lower (24-48 hours postpartum) and if low levels over pre-pregnancy there is where you start postpartum depression. Each placenta is unique and contains the exact genetic information of the woman and baby, this is what makes it amazing and special, no two are alike. Low iron for example has an impact on postpartum depression and the placenta is rich in iron, this can lead to placental help women who have previously had depression or postpartum bleeding and prevent postpartum depression. In addition to this, the placenta produces several hormones found between; gonadotropin, placental lactogen (hPL), estrogen and progesterone. 

Even the Doctor Sergio Sanchez Suarez, director of the center Canario Peri-natal Research, asserted in 2003 at a conference that a mother consuming her own placenta after birth results in multiple benefits, including:

  • Restoration of energy after birth.
  • Recuperation of iron, minerals and vitamins. 
  • Balancing of hormones. 
  • Reduces risk of postpartum depression by restoring hormones lost at birth.
  • be perfectly made for you
  • give you more energy
  • lessen bleeding postnatally
  • been shown to increase milk production
  • help you have a happier postpartum period
  • hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state
  • be helpful during menopause

Some statistics from a study conducted by the University of Nevada of women whom ingested their placenta:

40%     Elevated mood.

26%     More energy.

15%      Increased milk production.

07%     lowered their postpartum bleeding

The placenta is composed of beneficial hormones, chemicals, iron, and proteins. These healing substances include:Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Contributes to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping; decreases depression; normalizes and stimulates libido.

  • Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct.
  • Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex.
  • Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being.
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy and supports recovery from stressful events.
  • Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Low levels of CRH are implicated in postpartum depression. Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression.
  • Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing.
  • Interferon: Triggers the protective defenses of the immune system to fight infection.
  • Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size. Anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Iron: Replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia, a common postpartum condition. Increases energy; decreases fatigue and depression.
  • Hemoglobin: Oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.
  • Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.
  • Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Antibody molecules which support the immune system.
  • Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): This hormone has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for lactation in the mother. It also regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels.


Methods of Encapsulation

In both methods the placenta is cleaned and drained of excess blood.


Raw Method

This method involves slicing the placenta while raw and dehydrating it at 160 F. Your placenta must be very fresh. It is dehydrated at a high temperature to kill off any harmful bacteria that may be present, but is otherwise unprocessed. This method is believed to better preserve hormones and nutrients.  Clients who choose this method report increased energy as one of the benefits. It is widely held that the hormones are more likely to be bioavailable when the placenta is processed raw.  

The Raw method makes about 20% more capsules, but the dehydration stage takes significantly longer.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Method

The placenta is steamed {with fresh ginger, fresh green chile peppers and lemon (or lemongrass); herbs are optional} before slicing and  dehydrating it at 145 – 155 F. This method is believed to be warming and replenishing to the postpartum body and circulatory system, more supportive of mood and help your body use the beneficial properties of the placenta in a deeper way. This method also kills any bacteria and reduces risk of spoilage.

 Using this method produces less capsules, because of the steaming process. This method is ideal for moms who suffer from anxiety.

A good video by Mama Natural on Placenta Encapsulation

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After reading this information , it does not seem such far-fetched idea, especially considering the benefits it can bring us . 

Although it ‘s your placenta should talk to your doctor about your plans. It would be wise to consider putting your desire to take home your placenta in your birth plan or when registering at the hospital ask for a waiver of release. Your doula, or specialist take it with them once your have birthed your baby and prepare it for you.