Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby(ies) and dehydrating it to then be ground and placed into capsules for the mother to ingest as she sees fit. The ingestion of the placenta is known as “placentophagy.”
Placenta encapsulation is just one of the additional services we offer at Barefoot Birth. When people hear about placenta encapsulation there are typically three kinds of responses. "Yes, I want to", "No, nope, not interested," and then the maybes. If you're already on board, awesome. If you are like "heck no!" that's okay too. Consuming your placenta is a very personal choice and it's okay if you don't want to.
Now, if you're in the maybe zone I'll tell you to do as much research as you can and trust your instincts. If you have questions we are here to answer them. It's also a good time to mention that your doula should not be convincing you to make a particular choice either way. Doulas are here to provide evidence based factual information and to help guide and support you in YOUR decisions.
What are the benefits of placenta consumption?
- Help replace essential amino acids, fats, and iron lost during childbirth
- Help balance postpartum moods and decrease risk of postpartum depression
- Boost energy and aid in faster, more enjoyable postpartum recovery
- Help increase milk supply for breastfeeding mothers
We offer a variety of other placenta services. These can be an "add on" or we can make a personalized package just for you with the services you'd like. Included in all services is pick up from your birthing location (home, birth center, or hospital) and drop off at your home when completed. We provide instructions for dosage and continuous support if you have any questions that come up. Everyone here at Barefoot Birth is OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) trained and certified. We follow safe handling guidelines and take safety and precautions seriously. You will want to be sure your encapsulator has proper training and should be cautious if they are charging way less than the industry standard. Ask questions. Be informed.
We offer: -Encapsulation (Raw and Traditional Chinese Method)
-Fresh Fruit & Placenta Smoothie
-Art prints & Cord Keepsake
If you're interested in these services call us at 813.515.0825 or check out http://barefootbirth.com/placenta-ritual/.
Now, if you've read all this (and more!) and still can't deal with the idea of placenta encapsulation or maybe just don't care for it check out Barefoot Herbals for other herbal remedies that can help you postpartum. Jenn is amazing and can create a tincture personalized just for you!