I am looking for doulas and one that I liked said she was an expert in placenta encapsulation. I had no idea what it was and I looked it up. I guess it involves drying your placenta, drying it, putting it into capsules and taking it post partum? I read that it is supposed to prevent PPD which I definitely want to avoid however, my first thought was, yuck! It's also supposed to help with energy level and overall recovery. I've gone to Chinese Medicine Dr.'s in the past and taken all kinds of herb mixtures, and it says this is something that is followed in Chinese medicine. I have a lot of respect for that as it helped me when Western medicine couldn't.
Has anyone else heard/thought about this? I think it's too much for me but I don't want to be close minded about it....
Mama to F (3/09) and S (3/11); and never forgetting my babe gone too soon (4/10).
I felt really good, not sure if it helped at all, but it also felt good to honor the placenta. When my husband went to throw the rest of it out (it was huge), he said "ugh, it's so ugly!" and I actually burst into tears, saying "that grew our baby!" I felt very proud of it. That being said, I couldn't understand what we would have done with a placenta print, so eating a tiny bit then chucking it out seemed the best idea.
I plan to do it again this time, it really can't hurt to try.
Considering I was Vegetarian for almost a decade, but had to give it up for this pregnancy, it's just always felt a bit wrong for me. I'm sure you can find plenty of people on different parts of MDC who have done it though.
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I felt a little odd about it at first, too, though when you think about some of the things we eat, placenta encapsulation doesn't seem so far out. (Where does honey come from? How about chicken eggs - ever think about where they come from? Have you ever seen a cow being milked via milking machine, after just coming in from the field?) Yeah, placentas don't seem so weird.
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I plan on eating my placenta again this time. I wrote about what I did in another thread here in the DDC, but I'd be happy to share again if anyone is interested.
For baby #5, I assumed the placenta thing was a fluke - so I didn't worry about it. While I didn't have PPD this time, every other thing that was better with baby number 4 was not better this time (hair loss, lochia lasting a LONG TIME, feeling like my insides were falling out, etc.)
I'll definitely encapsulate this time.
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I think I'll probably do it again, but I'll have to find someone to do it. My doula, who did it last time, has moved.
Catherine, mama to Preschooler Girl 9/08, and Toddler Boy 3/11
How long and how often do you take the capsules?
Jacksonmom-I'm interested to see what happens with your pp symptoms, this should really be the acid test, right?
Banana, doula wife to Papa Banana and mother to Banana One, Banana Two, Banana Three, Banana Four...
It's funny because about 6 months ago the whole concept of placentophagy just seemed really weird to me. The more I read about people's experiences with it, the more I'm willing to try it. (I haven't seen any proper studies done on the subject, so if anyone knows of any I'd love to see them). Even if it is just placebo effect, it's still an effect right? I figure it can't hurt to try and might actually help
Anyway, my understanding is that it is a Chinese medicine thing. It is supposed to help minimize the hormone drop off that can be so unpleasant postpartum.
I am considering making a homeopathic remedy out of a piece before I dry it.
Here is a pretty good website about it:
I can't recommend it enough! It helped so much with my post-partum anxiety! And it helped with my bleeding post partum (I hemorrhaged after birthing my placenta believe it or not, and became VERY anemic). Now I offer this service to women in my area because I believe in it so much. Yes, it is a traditional Chinese method. To explain it shortly: the placenta is dehydrated and ground up into capsules so you take them like vitamins. :)
Heather (mama to Carter - almost 2 1/2)