Placenta Encapsulation

I’ve decided to have my placenta encapsulated and to ingest it in capsule form postnatally.

I remember when our doula first mentioned to us that some people do this (and that she offers encapsulation service).  We were a little flabbergasted- “that’s kind of disgusting- why in the world would someone do that??”.

When I told my coworkers that this practice existed, they all but gagged.  They even begged me not to tell them if I ever did it, despite my reassurances that I definitely wasn’t going to do it!

Somehow, though, I’ve changed my mind.  My husband is all for it, which helps.

So, why in the world would anyone take their placenta, anyway??  Most women I know don’t even want to see their placenta, much less pop a capsule of it into their mouths each day.  I’ve come to the conclusion that the possible benefits are great and the possible downsides really nonexistent.

The benefits include:

  • lower risk of postpartum depression
  • increased postnatal energy
  • increased milk supply
  • less postnatal bleeding

The hormones and nutritional content of the placenta and the fact that they are perfectly balanced for your body and made from natural hormones that you created are what make placenta encapsulation so uniquely beneficial.  There unfortunately is not a whole lot of research on the topic, but there is some.  Additionally, personal accounts and the observations of midwives and doulas provide testament to the benefits of using your placenta for postnatal health.

My fellow blogger laughingpromises actually posted a couple of the better pages I’ve seen explaining more about placenta encapsulation:

Placenta Benefits

Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation

Our doula will take my placenta with her after the birth, dehydrate it, grind it to powder form, and put it all into capsules.  She’ll then have the capsules back to me within a day or two after the birth so I can start taking them.  She charges an extra $150 to her doula clients for this service.

I know that most people won’t understand why I’m going to do this, and a lot of them will be repulsed or disgusted.  Indeed, this is about as crunchy as I get.  😉 The more I learn about the placenta, however, the more I begin to feel that I don’t need to be embarrassed or ashamed that I’m going to ingest it.  I don’t need to be afraid to tell people, but I still am.  I’m not ready to shout it from the rooftops yet or post it as my Facebook status.  🙂  But I am blogging about it, and that’s a start.  If I can avoid postpartum depression and feel better during those precious first few days and weeks with our new baby, this will be more than worth it!   I believe that God designed our bodies and our ability give birth and care for our children with more efficiency and precision than any of us understand, and I think I’ve probably only begun to uncover the beauty of it.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laughingpromises
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 18:04:42

    Thanks for the shout out! My husband is thoroughly grossed out that I’m doing this (but still supportive, of course), and I haven’t told anyone else (including my mom). It is one of those topics that people don’t understand yet in our society, but I’m really looking forward to the benefits! Glad you found my post and the articles helpful. 🙂


    • travelnole
      Dec 04, 2012 @ 23:27:40

      It’s a shame that we feel like we can’t tell everyone because then maybe more people would do it too and benefit. I’ve not told anyone besides my parents, my friend who wishes she’d done it, and of course my husband. And now whomever reads my blog…… Anyway, thanks for posting about it because it encouraged me a lot 🙂


      • laughingpromises
        Dec 05, 2012 @ 18:42:46

        You’re so right. I will probably let people know as it comes up, but I don’t currently have any friends my age here who are having babies, really. Not that I know well enough that they wouldn’t go, “EEEW” or have some strange reaction lol.

  2. andi
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 23:15:01

    many cultures consider it good luck to eat the placenta


    • travelnole
      Dec 04, 2012 @ 23:30:08

      I’m gonna be one lucky lady 😀 I don’t know of I’d be able to do it though if it wasn’t going to be all dried and ground up and in a capsule….. Just chomping down on raw placenta would be a big leap for a lifelong vegetarian- hehe!


  3. andi
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 21:37:17

    yea im with you but i think the capsules are a good idea. then its just another vitamin


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