Fees for Placenta Encapsulation in Beverly, MA and surrounding communities range from $300-$350, depending on location of the mother’s home.
5 Benefits of Consuming Your Placenta
By Charity Parrott
The thought of consuming your placenta is likely the most disgusting thing that has been suggested during your pregnancy. I thought the same thing myself, until I looked closer at what the placenta contains. I was amazed by the variety of ways that the placenta supports a new mother’s postpartum recovery.
Transitioning from pregnancy to motherhood is challenging for the majority. Postpartum women need to physically recover from the birth experience and any complications that have occurred during the birthing. A woman, who experienced a surgical birth, or a less than ideal vaginal birth, has even more to recover from.
Women also recover emotionally. We adjust to the new challenges of motherhood, as well as adjust to the parts of ourselves that changed when we became somebody’s mother. We must do this simultaneously, while learning how to breastfeed, experiencing sleep deprivation, and adjusting to the new demands of a newborn.
Please don’t get me wrong, becoming a mother will likely be a rewarding addition to your life, however, we need to be realistic about what it requires of you. Planning ahead will make it possible to utilize all your resources to maximize your recovery. Your placenta may be one of the best resources you have at your disposal. In fact, disposal is what happens to the majority of placentas in the United States currently. Your placenta did an amazing job supporting your baby’s life through pregnancy; let it continue to support your health into your postpartum period. It is a shame that more families don’t understand the amazing benefits provided through the placenta.
Benefit #1 – Supports Your Postpartum Mental Health
Studies show that between 60 to 80 percent of new moms will experience the “baby blues” and 10 to 20 percent of women will experience some form of postpartum depression. It is easy to understand why this happens when we consider the rapid shift in hormones we have after we give birth. Your postpartum mental health is supported by the placenta, helping you avoid being part of this sad statistic. The placenta contains many of the hormones that drop drastically after birth. Oxytocin is commonly called the “love hormone” because it reduces pain and increases feelings of bonding between the mother and newborn. The placenta contains oxytocin. Cortisone is also contained in the placenta. Cortisone is a stress reducing hormone that aids the body in releasing stores of energy to be drawn on when needed. There is also a thyroid stimulating hormone in the placenta that helps boost your energy levels and assist recovery from traumatic events. Your mental health is supported by consuming your placenta in more ways than one.
Benefit #2: Supports Your Breastfeeding Success
There is a delicate hormonal shift that takes place in your body once the baby and the placenta are expelled. Prolactin is released by your hormonal system to tell you body to begin lactation. The placenta contains prolactin. The art of breastfeeding is a challenging skill that takes time and energy to learn. Both you and your baby must learn how to breastfeed, while adjusting to sleep deprivation and reduced energy. Adding the benefits of the prolactin in the placenta to your recovery plan will increase your body’s ability to produce mild. This added support may increase your success and satisfaction with breastfeeding.
Benefit #3: Supports Your Immune System
It is easier to become ill from the germs around us, when we are worn down. Don’t let the added stresses of birth, recovery and lack of sleep lead to an illness at the worst possible time. Your placenta contains hormones and properties to support your immune system. Your milk will boost your baby’s immune system so why not use your resources to support your immune system as well. Gonadotrophin is a precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Your placenta contains gonadotrophin, which will help your body efficiently bring these hormones into balance. Interferon is also contained in the placenta, which stimulates the immune system to combat infections. Prosteglandins are present, which act as an anti-inflammatory inside your body. Gamma globulin is an immune booster which helps protect you against postpartum infections. Give your immune system the best support, so it will support you during this transitional time.
Benefit #4: Supports Your Uterine Health
Your uterus has been through huge growth in the past year. It received the blastocyst, or fertilized egg, and allowed it to attach to the uterine lining. Your uterus supported your baby through it’s time as a blastocyst, embryo, fetus and birth. Your uterus will increase five times its normal size by the time your baby is full term. Your uterus must shrink back down to normal size and return to its place as a pelvic organ during your postpartum recovery. This process, called involution, is primarily due to the hormone oxytocin. Your placenta may support you by increasing the oxytocin in your body. Your placenta also contains Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XII. These factors assist with stopping blood loss and enhancing wound healing. This added support will help you to recover more efficiently.
Benefit #5: Supports Your Physical Heath and Well Being
During birth, we commonly bleed. Your body prepares for this by increasing your blood volume by 30 to 50 percent, gradually throughout your pregnancy. When your baby is born and your placenta leaves your body, you may feel sluggish or weak due to the reduction of blood volume. Insufficient iron stores cause anemia. Your placenta contains hemoglobin to replenish iron deficiency and correct anemia. When your iron levels are in balance, you feel greater energy and strength to meet the new challenges of motherhood.
Now that you understand the amazing benefits of consuming your placenta, let me help you understand how you might stomach the thought of doing it. Placenta encapsulation is a process where your placenta is prepared, through cooking and drying, until it reaches a state of being a powder. Once your placenta has been reduced to a powder, the powder is put into pill form for easy consumption.
Birth professionals are available in your area to come to your house and create capsules from your placenta to support your health and recovery during the postpartum period. Experience a greater sense of well being with placenta encapsulation. Planning ahead is required, so if this is something that resonates with you, begin securing your placenta preparation plans immediately. Listen to your maternal instinct and consider all the benefits of the placenta encapsulation.