Placentophagy; the act of consuming one’s placenta. In the human species it is more commonly consumed in the form of placenta pills, processed by a trained Placenta Encapsulator, and sometimes used in tinctures, consumed raw in smoothies, or even made into delicious (?) little chocolates.
In the general animal population, it's a little less sophisticated. We'll leave that up to your imagination.
About 99% of mammals consume their placentas, and it’s been a practice used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. I’ve never been much of a crowd follower, so I’ll add that, “just because they do it, doesn’t mean we should”, absolutely applies here. In fact, there is no solid scientific evidence that unarguably proves the benefits of placenta consumption for human mothers. How’s that for convincing??
But there IS a reason that placenta encapsulation is growing in popularity and gaining momentum as an in-demand service for women everywhere. The placenta is an incredible, life-giving organ that plays a huge role in pregnancy. It provides protection, oxygen, nutrients, and ultimately everything your baby needs to grow and thrive. The reports of women consuming their placenta after birth suggest that this amazing organ is supportive not only of the growing fetus, but may offer significant benefits for the postpartum period.
Some of the reported effects of placenta consumption include:
- Improvements in postpartum mood
- Hormone balancing and regulation
- Decrease in postpartum bleeding
- More stabilized or increased milk supply
- Increased iron and nutrient levels
- Smoother overal postpartum recovery
Wouldn’t it be incredible to unlock the potential for an improved postpartum period? The raving stories and anecdotal evidence suggests that this ancient practice may be the key to easing the transition into motherhood and supporting the changes in a woman’s body after birth, and we think that is worth paying attention to.
At In Bloom, our in-home encapsulation service provides our clients with the safest option for encapsulation, but it also allows us to provide postpartum support and a personal connection during the time spent in your home, answering questions, chatting about your birth, help with breastfeeding, or anything else that may come up in those early and challenging postpartum days.
Have questions? We are happy to chat about anything you want to know regarding the what, the why, the how, or any other details related to determining if placenta encapsulation is right for you.
*This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended as medical advice, or meant to diagnose, prescribe or treat any condition. Placenta encapsulation and consumption has not been approved or evaluated by the FDA. Always discuss medical decisions with your care provider. In Bloom Births cannot guarantee any specific benefit or outcome as a result of placenta consumption.