The placenta serves a clear purpose during gestation—transporting vital nutrients to the fetus—but its powers don’t stop after you give birth. Most mammalian animals are clued into the post-birth benefits of the placenta; all of them, from cats to horses to goats, consume it after giving birth to their babies. Though there is little research behind placentophagy, or the consuming of the placenta, the organ is known to contain prostaglandin, which helps the uterus to contract after birth, and the coveted oxytocin (the “love hormone,” which encourages bonding between mother and child and stimulates lactation).
A growing percentage of women are choosing to consume their placenta as part of a postpartum regimen of healing. If you can get past the ick factor, which the (truly) tasty placenta smoothie recipes are designed to help you do, ingesting the placenta can be a key part of your postpartum rejuvenation. In addition to the shots of prostaglandin and oxytocin, the placenta can also help replenish nutrients lost during pregnancy and birth (including iron, which is essential for new mothers), decrease post-birth bleeding, and elevate mood—keeping postpartum depression at bay. The power of the placenta is often quite direct.
While you were pregnant, the placenta was the nutrient transport system for your growing baby, and it also managed the production and regulation of hormones and opiates. One standout placental hormone is CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone), which is linked to stress reduction. CRH is usually in the jurisdiction of the hypothalamus, but during pregnancy, the placenta produces large amounts of CRH, which remain in the organ even after birth. Placenta-eating proponents believe that consuming the organ in the days following birth will stabilize a woman’s CRH levels, resulting in a less anxious mothering experience. Interested in experiencing the power of the placenta?You have two consumption options:
You can have it cut into 2-inch (5-cm) pieces and frozen to be added to a smoothie each day after birth until it’s all consumed.
You can have it encapsulated into easy-to-swallow capsules.
As with any supplement, monitor your dosage and notice your body’s reaction—in rare cases, women find the capsules to be hyperstimulating. Consuming the placenta can be a powerful way to close the circle of pregnancy and birth. The organ was created by your pregnant body to sustain your baby, and now your postnatal body, and the baby it still sustains, will thrive from its powerful benefits.
Placenta Encapsulation Fees (10% discount if under contract for birth)
PIlls only- $250
Pills and art work +cord keepsake $300
Artwork Only- $200
Fees above include pick-up up placenta and delivery. Client must inform care provider of the intention to take placenta. Turn around is 7 days.