Have you heard about placenta encapsulation and wondered what it is? Placenta encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and encapsulated into pills. Traditionally, this is taken by the mother and is believed to impart numerous health benefits. It is frequently taken shortly after giving birth, during a woman’s menstrual period, or during menopause.
As encapsulation has not reached the mainstream yet it has not been widely studied. The evidence of its benefits are mainly anecdotal with some exceptions. The benefits of taking it during the postpartum period are thought to be:
Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant
Increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone
Decrease in risk for postpartum mood disorders
Restoration of iron levels in the blood
Increase in milk production
I have been a midwife for over 10 years. I can tell you anecdotally that having helped thousands of women and having had my own placenta encapsulated for me I have seen and felt great results. I am, admittedly, a placenta enthusiast! Please reach out to me with any questions or inquiries.