Why placenta was important for my postpartum journey....
"When I was pregnant I had heard from a ton of friends that they had consumed their placenta. It seemed crazy to many of my family members, but I thoroughly researched Placenta Encapsulation and it turns out that the benefits seemed undeniable! "The process was way easier than I thought and the results were obvious for me. It took some work but, I found a Placenta Encapsulator and I decided to go for it! I had twins and was terrified about my milk supply. I believe the placenta pills helped sustain my milk and keep me producing at a healthy rate. The easy to take pills helped with better sleep & deepened the bond with my nursing babies. Every time I took one of the Placenta pills, my Postpartum Anxiety and early signs of baby blues were eased. My husband jokingly called them my crazy pills because they seemed to help me so much! Several years later I am now a professional Doula and a Placenta Specialist. I am passionate about this practice and love to help other Mothers get the benefits that I did". Chelsea Alders, Owner of Om Mamas Doulas
Frequently Asked Questions
1Once I give birth at the hospital, what happens next?
The typical experience goes like this... After you deliver you will remind your doctor that you are encapsulating your placenta. They will take it to the lab and put it on ice or they will just put it in a tub and hand it to you. (More details in FAQ on this process) Our Placenta Specialist will come to your home within three days of delivery or you can put it in the freezer until we arrive (if longer then 3 days) to encapsulate it. With this said, every hospital has it's own policies and Om Mamas Doulas will help you navigate every part of this process.
2Once I give birth at home, what happens next?
Our doula will return to your home within a few days to start the encapsulation process, or we may start it right after your delivery depending on the timing.
3Which process of encapsulation do you offer?
My company offers the traditional method of encapsulation, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine. The process includes steaming the placenta prior to dehydration in order to kill the germs or bacteria. Additionally, this method is designed to help balance the placenta after childbirth. Knowing that this is the method we use gives our clients peace of mind for safe consumption
4Where is the placenta encapsulated?
Om Mamas Doulas encapsulates in your home. This insures that the placenta being encapsulated is in fact yours, since you brought it home and it was never in contact with anyone but you and your family. There is zero risk of your placenta being exposed to unfamiliar bacteria or germs from the encapsulators home that may interfere with healthy postpartum recovery. As trained Postpartum Specialists we can support you and your family best when we are by your side. We are trained to educate and support you during your recovery and want you to reap the full benefits of our services. If you do not want us to do this in your home we are happy to do it in an alternative location of your choosing
5How long does the process take?
Short answer: It usually takes 24 hours from beginning to end. Breakdown: We will come to your house and begin preparation within 2 days of your delivery and then return the next morning to complete the process. Four of those hours our Postpartum Placenta Specialist will be in your home and we are happy to schedule around what works for you.
6What are the benefits of placenta?
We commonly see & hear about mood & hormonal enhancement and lactation benefits and other medical and psychological rebalancing. But for a more thorough list, please read our chart below.
7What are the capsules made of?
The capsules are 100% vegetarian, Kosher and are made of vegetable glycerin.
Top 5 Benefits Placenta Encapsulation
- Increased Milk Production
- Links To Easing Postpartum Depression
- History of Placenta Usage
- Reduces Postpartum Bleeding
- Placenta is Abundant in Natural Healing Powers
Ingesting your own placenta can improve milk production for a lactating woman. “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 sole 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.
One of the biggest benefits I found personally and many women I have worked with have found to encapsulating their placenta is easing the affects of postpartum depression and anxiety in the fourth trimester. Since the placenta is high in oxytocin and placental opioid-enhancing factor (POEF), two elements that can lower depression levels and improve overall health, energy and well-being, the link is believed to ease those baby blues in the first few months after delivery.
For thousands of years, the Chinese have upheld the value of the placenta for the postpartum recovery process. After birth, the majority of new mothers experience blood loss, fatigue, and a crazy influx of pregnancy hormones. 80% of women experience some level of postpartum blues or depression. Full of life energy, the placenta aids in postpartum wellness by replenishing your system with natural iron & protein and helps reintroduce these essential hormones back into your system. Source
”Giving…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. Source
Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Contributes to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping; decreases depression; normalizes and stimulates libido. Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct. Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex. Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy and supports recovery from stressful events. Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Low levels of CRH are implicated in postpartum depression. Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression. Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing. Interferon: Triggers the protective defenses of the immune system to fight infection. Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size. Anti-inflammatory effects. Iron: Replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia, a common postpartum condition. Increases energy; decreases fatigue and depression. Hemoglobin: Oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy. Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.
"It's not just that I notice the difference, it's the anxiety I feel after I miss a day that shows me the true affects. To think I could be feeling that way all the time without these capsules?" - Om Mamas - Client