The custom of consuming the placenta, often done as placental encapsulation, is centuries old, practiced most often in Chinese medicine. Placental encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. Traditionally, this is taken by the mother and is believed to impart numerous health benefits. Some of those health benefits may be:
- An increase in Corticotropin-releasing hormone, a stress-reducing hormone.
- Decrease in postpartum depression levels.
- Restoration of iron levels in the blood.
- An increase in milk production.
After the birth of your baby, I will pick up your placenta from the hospital, birth center or your home. I will start the encapsulation process immediately and return it to you in 1-2 days. The umbilical cord will be dried into the shape of a heart, spiral or the first initial of your baby's name. You will receive your placenta pills in amber jars, your baby's umbilical cord keepsake and a print of your placenta.