For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has revered the placenta as a powerful and invaluable part of the postpartum healing process. After giving birth many new mothers experience blood loss, fatigue, and a drop in their high pregnancy hormones; all of which are thought of as key factors in the development of the “baby blues” and postpartum depression (PPD). Full of Qi, life energy, the placenta aids in postpartum wellness by replenishing your system with natural iron & protein and helps reintroduce these essential hormones back into your system.
The "baby blues" affect the majority of women. It is so common that it is not even considered a disorder. Symptoms include mood instability, weepiness, sadness, lack of concentration and feelings of dependency. "Baby blues" is caused by rapid hormonal changes, fatigue and sleep deprivation, and the physical and emotional stress of giving birth.
Today, approximately 80% of women experience some level of postpartum depression/mood disorder. Using the placenta for its medicinal properties during the postpartum period is a natural & healthier way that may help you avoid these symptoms and the costly treatments that usually accompany them, such as medications and counseling.
The placenta has amazing abilities during the postpartum period; it can heal, sustain, and strengthen. Traditionally placenta capsules are used to help:
- balance your hormones
- enhance milk supply
- increase your energy
- recover more quickly from birth
- bring the body back into balance
- possibly prevent the "baby blues"
- shorten postpartum bleeding
- assist the uterus to return to size
- increase postpartum iron levels
Women who take placenta capsules report fewer emotional issues and enjoy a faster, more pleasant postpartum recovery. Women, and their families, notice a marked improvement in overall feelings of happiness and well-being when taking placenta capsules.
My placenta encapsulation service includes approximately 75 - 175 placenta capsules that will help nourish you during your first few postpartum weeks. Each placenta is unique in both its size and composition, so I cannot guarantee how many capsules you will receive from your placenta. Along with your placenta capsules you will also receive your baby's umbilical cord carefully dried and placed in a pouch to cherish as a keepsake.
Ideally, the placenta is encapsulated within 48 hours after the birth. Very soon after birth, I will come to wherever you have given birth, home or hospital, and take your placenta back to my home for safe processing. I am basically “on call” for you and will make every effort to come to the hospital (or your home) within a few hours time frame to encapsulate your placenta. Even if you and baby are recovering in the hospital, I can encapsulate your placenta in my home and get the capsules to you right away. I will deliver the pills back to you as well.
I follow strict OSHA & EPA guidelines during the preparation of your placenta. I have all of the necessary equipment and encapsulation materials to complete the process. I only use vegan capsules. All materials used are thoroughly sterilized between each use, when not disposable, and everything meets food grade standards. Aside from the medicinal aspects, I treat the placenta as sacred, and will focus on honoring the work it has done to nourish your baby, while preparing it to continue its work nourishing you. I also have a certificate to handle food.