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Placenta Encapsulation

Posted by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM
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I have heard that placenta is really good for baby and mommy after having baby but my question is how do i go about getting my placenta made into capsules... also wanted to hear what experience mothers have had with placenta capsules.

by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM
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doulala
by Emerald Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:56 PM

It is a little process.    Some moms do it themselves, and some hire someone.
Do you have a doula?

lulu_tattoos
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM
You can search for doulas in your area that provide the service, or google the process. There are some good how-to's out there.
I was going to do it myself but decided to just put it in smoothies and save myself the trouble (and the benefits).
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ittyprincess604
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

 ive never heard of this! But would love to see what others say too!

trilliandent42
by Bronze Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:52 PM
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Please do some scholarly research on this subject.  I have a few major questions, like- where is the proof?  How long are these benefits viable, indefinitely?  How can eating a filtering organ cure depression? I don't buy it, seems pretty much like a fad to me.  Please discuss this with your family, medical staff, primary doctor, don't just take the word of an internet site.  The placenta is a filter, not the "life force".

CrunchyBran
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM
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Quoting trilliandent42:

Please do some scholarly research on this subject.  I have a few major questions, like- where is the proof?  How long are these benefits viable, indefinitely?  How can eating a filtering organ cure depression? I don't buy it, seems pretty much like a fad to me.  Please discuss this with your family, medical staff, primary doctor, don't just take the word of an internet site.  The placenta is a filter, not the "life force".

Placenta encapsulation will not *cure* depression.  It helps level out hormone dips that can cause baby blues or PPD, and it also increases thyroid function, which is a major cause of postpartum depression.  The proof is in the pudding.  It's been used for thousands of years to help women recover more quickly from childbirth.  It is not a fad, it's an ancient form of traditional medicine.  The capsules DO last indefinitely if stored in the refrigerator or freezer, and can be beneficial in any time of transition or stress, except during pregnancy due to retained oxytocin.

And yes, the placenta is a filter, but that doesn't mean it can't be beneficial, just like eating beef liver.


OP, you can look around for doulas, or search wherever you life and placenta encapsulation in a search engine.  Ask friends, doulas, midwives if they know of anybody.  The PBi website has a list of their certified encapsulators also.  And if you can't find one near you, there is a lot of information online about how to DIY. 

kcangel63
by Gold Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM
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Here's what the capsules look like.


As others have said, you can easily do it yourself. There are doulas and placenta encapsulation specialists that you can hire to do it as well.

As for the benefits:


• Increase general energy
• Allow a quicker return to health after birth
• Increase production of breast milk
• Decrease likelihood of baby blues and post natal depression
• Decrease likelihood of iron deficiency
• Decrease likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders

There are a variety of potential benefits to placentophagy. For one, the placenta contains vitamins and minerals that may help fight depression symptoms, such as vitamin B6. For another, the placenta is considered rich in iron and protein, which would be useful to women recovering from childbirth, and a particular benefit to vegetarian women.
Research on placentophagy is still in its infancy, although there is a large body of research beginning to develop on postpartum hormone fluctuations and health. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study that focused on CRH (Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone). CRH is a stress reducer, and is generally produced by the hypothalamus.

During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes so much CRH that the levels in the bloodstream increase threefold. However, it was also discovered that postpartum women have lower than average levels of CRH, triggering depressive symptoms.(1) They concluded that the placenta secreted so much CRH that the hypothalamus stopped producing it. Once the placenta was born, it took some time for the hypothalamus to get the signal that the CRH levels were low, and to begin producing it again. This is just another sign that there is likely a biological cause for the baby blues, directly related to hormone levels.


Interestingly enough, in 1954, researchers conducted a study on 210 women who were expected to have insufficient milk supply. They gave dried placenta to the women, and discovered that 86% of them had a positive increase in their milk production within a matter of days.
http://www.ocdoulas.com/placenta_encapsulation_services.htm
http://placentamom.weebly.com/
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mnmo3bb
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM
I've never and will never do it, it doesn't fall within our dietary guidelines. I looked into the benefits and most of them are possible benefits. My point in posting though is if I had done this after my last two, I would be giving the placenta credit for me feeling so great. But I did not consume my placenta and I do feel great. My hemoglobin didn't drop below normal with this last delivery. I give credit to a proper diet and really good supplements (I take fermented cod liver oil /butter oil blend, a raw prenatal & Probiotics) also I benefited from drinking pregnancy tea from 35 weeks on. I went to a day short of 42 weeks and my placenta was still very healthy, ped said my healthy baby looked 40 weeks not 42 weeks....

My point is its hard to say what the benefits are because you don't know how you would have felt if you hadn't taken it... I felt like crud after my first 3... But great after my last 2...
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trilliandent42
by Bronze Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Saying "proof is in the pudding" is not real proof.  Blood-letting is also an ancient form of medicine, yet I will not be having that procedure done.  Again, OP- do your research.  Vitamins, medicine, food, has a shelf life.  I really think this is a bogus practice.  People are making a lot of money on encapsulation.  Think about, you can eat it RAW or cook, dehydrate, and make it into powder, really? Really?  REALLY?  I know that those of you who have done this will sware by it, you have to, or the whole charade crashes, but it is not a healthy, natural thing to do...  It is a FAD.  It is ancient Chinese tradition, but so is eating seahorses for virility...  

Quoting CrunchyBran:


Quoting trilliandent42:

Please do some scholarly research on this subject.  I have a few major questions, like- where is the proof?  How long are these benefits viable, indefinitely?  How can eating a filtering organ cure depression? I don't buy it, seems pretty much like a fad to me.  Please discuss this with your family, medical staff, primary doctor, don't just take the word of an internet site.  The placenta is a filter, not the "life force".

Placenta encapsulation will not *cure* depression.  It helps level out hormone dips that can cause baby blues or PPD, and it also increases thyroid function, which is a major cause of postpartum depression.  The proof is in the pudding.  It's been used for thousands of years to help women recover more quickly from childbirth.  It is not a fad, it's an ancient form of traditional medicine.  The capsules DO last indefinitely if stored in the refrigerator or freezer, and can be beneficial in any time of transition or stress, except during pregnancy due to retained oxytocin.

And yes, the placenta is a filter, but that doesn't mean it can't be beneficial, just like eating beef liver.


OP, you can look around for doulas, or search wherever you life and placenta encapsulation in a search engine.  Ask friends, doulas, midwives if they know of anybody.  The PBi website has a list of their certified encapsulators also.  And if you can't find one near you, there is a lot of information online about how to DIY. 


CrunchyBran
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM
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Quoting trilliandent42:

Saying "proof is in the pudding" is not real proof.  Blood-letting is also an ancient form of medicine, yet I will not be having that procedure done.  Again, OP- do your research.  Vitamins, medicine, food, has a shelf life.  I really think this is a bogus practice.  People are making a lot of money on encapsulation.  Think about, you can eat it RAW or cook, dehydrate, and make it into powder, really? Really?  REALLY?  I know that those of you who have done this will sware by it, you have to, or the whole charade crashes, but it is not a healthy, natural thing to do...  It is a FAD.  It is ancient Chinese tradition, but so is eating seahorses for virility...  

Quoting CrunchyBran:


Quoting trilliandent42:

Please do some scholarly research on this subject.  I have a few major questions, like- where is the proof?  How long are these benefits viable, indefinitely?  How can eating a filtering organ cure depression? I don't buy it, seems pretty much like a fad to me.  Please discuss this with your family, medical staff, primary doctor, don't just take the word of an internet site.  The placenta is a filter, not the "life force".

Placenta encapsulation will not *cure* depression.  It helps level out hormone dips that can cause baby blues or PPD, and it also increases thyroid function, which is a major cause of postpartum depression.  The proof is in the pudding.  It's been used for thousands of years to help women recover more quickly from childbirth.  It is not a fad, it's an ancient form of traditional medicine.  The capsules DO last indefinitely if stored in the refrigerator or freezer, and can be beneficial in any time of transition or stress, except during pregnancy due to retained oxytocin.

And yes, the placenta is a filter, but that doesn't mean it can't be beneficial, just like eating beef liver.


OP, you can look around for doulas, or search wherever you life and placenta encapsulation in a search engine.  Ask friends, doulas, midwives if they know of anybody.  The PBi website has a list of their certified encapsulators also.  And if you can't find one near you, there is a lot of information online about how to DIY. 


OK *head pat*.

kcangel63
by Gold Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM
A fellow cm member (cali4niachef) has a kit on etsy.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/EuphoricHerbals?ref=top_trail
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