Thank you to JoAnna Woods for this guest post. Find out more about placenta encapsulation on her website Twice Blessed Encapsulation.
Throughout the last decade placenta inferences have been popping up in the Hollywood buzz. GQ quoted soon to be parent Tom Cruise in 2006 (supposedly joking), “I’m gonna eat the placenta. I thought that would be good. Very nutritious.” In keeping with Australian Aborigine tradition MatthewMcConaughey buried his son’s placenta in their yard and planted a tree over it in 2008. January Jones (Mad Men) learned from her doula that ingesting her encapsulated placenta would provide remarkable benefits. “It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!” January said.
No More “Medical Waste!”
Western medicine has mistakenly devalued the placenta as “medical waste.” The tide is quickly turning as more and more moms are utilizing their placentas through encapsulation, salves, and tinctures for health benefits. Natural postpartum healing from the placenta includes:*lessoning of baby blues*increase of milk production*increased energy* lessening of postpartum bleeding*uterus contraction. Placenta print keepsakes are also growing in popularity.
Many world cultures have revered the placenta as sacred for centuries, assigning specific burial procedures and ceremonies for the handling of it. Let’s work together to develop our own American placenta traditions based on intelligent study and intuitive response. We must also courageously establish practices that allow birth to be all that Nature intended.
Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.