Encapsulating and consuming the placenta has a number of postpartum healing benefits for the mother.
- Decreases the likelihood of postpartum depression
- Increases and enriches breast milk production
- Decreases the incidence of iron deficiency
- Replenishes essential hormones such as oxytocin which results in a calmer mother
Placenta encapsulation is a process in which the placenta is boiled, dehydrated, blended into coarse powder and put into small capsules. As the placenta contains massive amounts of crucial hormones and iron that leave the body once the placenta is born, consuming the placenta in any form can help new mothers maintain their hormone and iron levels in the few weeks after the birth.
Gonadotrophin is the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Prolactin is the hormone involved in stimulating milk production and enhances maternal instinct.
Oxytocin is the love hormone that promotes feelings of love and maternal bonding between mother and baby. It also decreases pain, helps the uterus to return to the normal size while reducing postpartum bleeding, counteracts the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and enhances the let-down reflex.
Prostaglandins are anti-inflammatory hormones that regulate the uterine contractions after birth and help the uterus to return it its pre-pregnancy size.
Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF) stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins, and it reduces pain and increases well being.
Interferon & Gammaglobulin both stimulate the immune system to protect against infection.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone regulates the thyroid gland, boosting and balancing metabolism and energy levels.
Cortisone combats stress and unlocks energy stores in the body.
Iron replenishes maternal iron stores to help combat anaemia or postnatal iron deficiency. It also decreases fatigue and depression.
Haemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying molecule vital to energy in the body and clarity in the mind. It is also supportive to the immune system.
Human Placental Lactogen (hPL) has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties. It promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for breastfeeding and regulates maternal glucose, protein and fat levels.
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII reduce bleeding and enhance wound healing.
We follow strict OSH guidelines in ensuring the sterilization of the equipment and hygiene during preparation.
We only process one placenta at a time.
What if drugs were used during labor or if I had a cesarean?
It is understood that the placenta filters out toxins and sends them back to the mother’s liver to be detoxified from her system. Many of these drugs have a very short half-life in the body, making it safe for the placenta to be encapsulated and consumed.
Before the Birth
Health Verification: You verify that you are not a hepatitis B carrier or have any other blood borne diseases. If you test positive for GBS (Group B Streptococcus) at 36 weeks of your pregnancy, you are advised NOT to consume your placenta if you are breastfeeding. Please refer to Registration & Payment below for more information.
After the Birth
Collection: Upon the birth of the child you, your partner or designated contact person as marked on the registration form will send an SMS notification to Ginny. Understand that it is your responsibility to store the placenta in a cooler bag with an ice brick while waiting for the placenta to be collected between 9am and 9pm. If you have a Four Trimesters Birth Doula with you at the time of the birth, she will arrange the delivery of the placenta for you.
Processing: From the time of collection, we will take up to 48 hours to process and encapsulate your placenta and will deliver the placenta pills to you within 24 hours of completion.
Delivery: We will contact you once the placenta pills are ready to confirm the date, time and venue for delivery.
Number of Placenta Pills: As the placenta varies in size, each placenta will yield between 100-300 pills.
Recommended Dosage: It is recommended that the capsules are taken daily during the postpartum period (dosage instructions are included). Whenever a mother feels that she needs the extra support, she can always increase her dosage.
Storage: As we do not add any preservatives to the placenta encapsulation process, it is recommended that you refrigerate the placenta pills for up to 6 months. If you choose to store them beyond 6 months, it is recommended that you freeze them in an airtight container.
“Giving the placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy and relieve postpartum blues.” Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352.
The Effect of Ingestion of Desiccated (dried) Placenta on Milk Production
“All patients were given desiccated placenta prepared as previously described (C.A. II, 2492) in doses of 10 grains in a capsule 3 times a day. Only those mothers were chosen for the study whose parturition was normal and only the weights of those infants were recorded whose soul source of nourishment was mothers milk. The growth of 177 infants was studied. The rate of growth is increased by the ingestion of placenta by the mother… the maternal ingestion of dried placenta tissue so stimulates the tissues of the infants feeding on the milk produced during this time, that unit weight is able to add on greater increments of matter, from day to day, than can unit weight of infants feeding on milk from mothers not ingesting this substance.” Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36. American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University.
The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children
It has been shown that the feeding of desiccated placenta to women during the first eleven days after parturition causes an increase in the protein and lactose percent of the milk… All the mothers were receiving the same diet, and to the second set 0.6mg of desiccated placenta was fed three times a day throughout the period. Certain definite differences in the progress of growth of the two sets of infants are to be observed. It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta.” McNeile, Lyle G. 1918. The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children, 77. W.A. Townsend & Adams, original press: University of Michigan.
Placenta as Lactagagon
“Powdered Placenta Hominis was used for 57 cases of insufficient lactation. Within
4 days, 48 women had markedly increased milk production, with the remainder
following suit over the next three days.” Bensky/Gamble. 1997. Materia Medica, Eastland Press, 549.
“An attempt was made to increase milk secretion in mothers by administration of dried placenta per os. Of 210 controlled cases only 29 (13.8%) gave negative results; 181 women (86.2%) reacted positively to the treatment, 117 (55.7%) with good and 64 (30.5%) with very good results. It could be shown by similar experiments with a beef preparation that the effective substance in placenta is not protein. Nor does the lyofilised placenta act as a biogenic stimulator so that the good results of placenta administration cannot be explained as a form of tissue therapy per os. The question of a hormonal influence remains open. So far it could be shown that progesterone is probably not active in increasing lactation after administration of dried placenta.
This method of treating hypogalactia seems worth noting since the placenta preparation is easily obtained, has not so far been utilized and in our experience is successful in the majority of women.” Soykova-Pachnerova E, et. al.(1954). Gynaecologia 138(6):617-627.
Placentophagia: A Biobehavioral Enigma
KRISTAL, M. B. NEUROSCI. BIOBEHAV. REV. 4(2) 141-150, 1980.
“Although ingestion of the afterbirth during delivery is a reliable component of parturitional behavior of mothers in most mammalian species, we know almost nothing of the direct causes or consequences of the act. Traditional explanations of placentophagia, such as general or specific hunger, are discussed and evaluated in light of recent experimental results. Next, research is reviewed which has attempted to distinguish between placentophagia as a maternal behavior and placentophagia as an ingestive behavior. Finally, consequences of the behavior, which may also be viewed as ultimate causes in an evolutionary sense, are considered, such as the possibility of beneficial effects on maternal behavior or reproductive competence, on protection against predators, and on immunological protection afforded either the mother or the young.”