"Eww! You did WHAT with your placenta?!?!"
I have a confession to make. When I first heard about placenta encapsulation, that was truly my first thought.
“Eww! You did WHAT with your placenta?!?!”
Thank goodness I was smart enough to keep my mouth shut and not let those words pass my lips. Imagine the people I would have alienated. Imagine the lesson I would have missed.
Then I started to research placenta consumption to see what all the BUZZ was about.
I still wasn’t fully sold on the idea, but I found myself the owner of a doula agency in a geographic area where there was high demand for this and related services. I had already decided that I was going to offer the service to my clients, as I had doulas trained as placenta encapsulation specialists, but I felt I needed to take the training myself to ensure I fully understood the services we were offering.
I showed up to my training a disbeliever. I simply had to get through the next two days and I could go back to my regular doula work. The stuff I really enjoyed. Connecting with new mothers and their families. Empowering mothers to trust their maternal instincts. However, not more than an hour had passed before I started to question my disbelief in all things placenta.
As I listened to our experienced trainer explain some of the potential benefits of placenta encapsulation consumption like,
Restoration of iron levels postpartum, especially beneficial for women who go into pregnancy with already low iron levels or women who experience any hemorrhage during childbirth.
Increase of oxytocin when most women struggle with the decrease in hormone levels after the delivery of the placenta
Increased milk supply, when low supply is a common concern for almost every breastfeeding mom I’ve worked with
And the one that really made me open my eyes…
Decreased risk of Postpartum Depression