With celebrities like January Jones and Kim Kardashian swearing by the anecdotal benefits of ingesting your placenta and parents everywhere raving about their experiences, placenta encapsulation services has become a highly sought after in Alberta. You can't scroll through an online Edmonton pregnancy group without seeing something about placenta encapsulation!
Whether this is your first time hearing about placentophagy (the ingestion of human placenta postpartum) being a common practice or you're here to learn more and decide if placenta encapsulation is for you, you're in the right place!
Here are 5 things you should know about placenta encapsulation:
It's OK to be freaked out by the idea of eating your placenta.
I'll be honest, years ago when a friend of mine told me she was going to eat her placenta I was pretty weirded out. When I became a doula, I learned more about the practice and heard from people who had done it and was intrigued. When that same friend got pregnant again, guess who prepared her placenta capsules!
Many people feel unsure about the whole process and have a hard time getting past the ick factor. As a Postpartum Placenta Specialist, I find it very important to be transparent about the process. If after having all of your questions thoroughly answered you still feel a little nervous about it all, know that you do not have to stay in the room or participate in the process in any way. Your Postpartum Placenta Specialist will work discreetly, and your prepared capsules will look and taste like any other gelatin capsule supplement. We even meticulously wipe down each capsule to ensure no residue remains on the exterior.
Placenta encapsulation has amazing anecdotal benefits.
I love following up with my placenta encapsulation clients. While preparing their placenta capsules in their home, I often get to know them and hear their story. Like Landmark Doulas, I follow up with each of my clients frequently and hear things like:
"I have had a boost in energy and have easier days emotionally."
"I feel amazing! I've been telling everyone it's the capsules!"
"If I miss a day, I really notice. I'm going to miss them when they are gone."
Our clients tell us of their balanced breastmilk supply, improved moods, increased energy, and quick postpartum recovery. The continuous positive feedback from my clients has made me so passionate about this service.
Placenta encapsulation is safe.
With proper preparation and equipment sanitization there are no known risks associated with ingesting your own placenta. Ensure your safety by hiring a Postpartum Placenta Specialist, like the ProDoula trained staff of Landmark Doulas. A Postpartum Placenta Specialist is knowledgeable about the contraindications of placenta ingestion, food safety standards, and equipment sanitization. A Postpartum Placenta Specialist will also have Blood Borne Pathogen Certification, and be trained in person by an experienced placenta encapsulation expert. My friends at Landmark Doulas only encapsulate in your home, guaranteeing that your placenta has been prepared in a space that you feel comfortable having your food prepared, isn't exposed to unfamiliar contamination and is in fact your placenta.
Having your placenta prepared for ingestion is easier than you think!
The hospitals in Edmonton and area are generally comfortable with releasing your placenta, unless there is a need to have it sent to pathology. You won't have to fight for the right to take your placenta home like you may have read about other people doing. Your Postpartum Placenta Specialist will give you simple instructions for getting your placenta home safely. When you're ready, she will bring everything needed to prepare your capsules needing only your sink, a burner on your stove and small space on your counter-and she'll leave your kitchen even cleaner than she finds it!
If placenta encapsulation is not for you there are other ways to honor your placenta.
You may already know that you don't want to ingest your placenta while recognising the important work this incredible organ had done and want to honor your placenta. Consider having placenta art prints made or burying the placenta and planting a special tree on top of it. Cultures around the world all have their own special ways of paying homage to the placenta.
Whatever your conclusion about placenta encapsulation, you have to make the right choice for yourself and your family. If you have questions or would like to learn more, I am confident the professionals at Landmark Doulas will have the answers you need.
Guest blogger Lacey Park is a ProDoula Certified Postpartum Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula and owner of Chinook City Doulas in Calgary, Alberta.