Placentophagy is simply the practice of consuming the placenta after birth. It is believed that the practice derives from ancient Chinese medicine, wherein the organ would be used to help treat medical conditions such as infertility and liver problems. Traditional Chinese Medicine Inspired Method of Placenta Encapsulation.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine Inspired (TCMI) method is the oldest recipe we have for placenta encapsulation; it has been done the longest in Chinese culture. The signature of this method is the steaming step. In TCMI theory, the process of labor and birth leaves a lot of open, empty space, which is considered very yin, or cold. Therefore, one major way we can promote healing during the postpartum period is to add yang energy via heat. We therefore incorporate steam and warming herbs into the remedy, and the final result is warming, tonifying, and nourishing for the postpartum by encapsulating your placenta.
Visit our "Did you know" tab for some interesting facts about the placenta and how it nourishes your baby.
Oxytocin - known as the "love hormone," produces feelings of happiness and aids in bonding with your infant
Human Placental Lactogen (HPL)- prepares the mammary glands for milk production
Cortisone- releases cortisol to combat stress and increase energy
Interferon- stimulates the immune system
Hemoglobin- stimulates iron production
Prolactin- stimulates milk production
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor- reduces bleeding
High levels of nutrients found....
Benefits of placenta consumption can include, but are not limited to:
Placenta is steamed and then sliced, dehydrated, and encapsulated using 100% Plant Based Vegetable Capsules provided in a storage container with recommended instructions. (Upon request, ginger, lemon and cayenne can be added during steam) .
Client has the choice of flavored* or unflavored capsules.
Our capsules have no preservatives or additives and are always, Gluten
and GMO free.
Certified Kosher and Halal.
Average placenta can yield anywhere from 100-180 pills.
Please let your Placenta Specialist know if you have any allergies to these ingredients prior to encapsulation.
*Disclaimer: Flavored capsules are not a Plant Based Vegetarian/Vegan option. They are Kosher and Halal Certified.
The placenta has stem cells, so of course it is beneficial for your skin! It is restorative and regenerative, as well as all around nourishing.
A placenta salve may be most beneficial for a mama with perineal tears, a C-Section scar, eczema, or baby's diaper rash.
Traditional Chinese Method - Placenta is steamed, sliced, dehydrated, and mixed with a Shea or Cocoa Butter. Essential oils can be added for that extra relaxing or invigorating oomph you may need.
**Oils not recommended for baby**
Please let your Placenta Specialist know if you have any allergies to these ingredients prior to encapsulation
A placenta tincture is the highly concentrated solution formed after your raw placenta has been steeped and fermented in alcohol for up to six weeks. Benefits of consumption can include the same as placenta encapsulation. However, unlike placenta capsules, there is no set "Expiration date" if kept in appropriate storing conditions.
This benefit allows women to use as needed all the way up through menopause.
Drops can be placed under the tongue or added to water or your favorite juice, tea, or beverage of choice.
Timeless art of your very own placenta. Add to your little ones nursery to enjoy for years to come. Color selection available upon request.
(Frame not included)
The ties that bind.
Why not add a keepsake to your babies memory box? The very lifeline you shared with your little bundle of joy can be yours forever.
Cords are dehydrated and can be kept natural or painted your color of choice. Please speak to your Placenta Specialist for further details.
Combo is the Way-To-Go!
Package comes with:
Capsules, Salve, Tincture, Cord Keepsake
(You may substitute a Cord Keepsake or Placenta Print for a Smoothie)
Capsule count varies based on the size of the placenta, I have 2 capsule sizes available to choose from. (Upon request, ginger, lemon and cayenne can be added during steam)
Approx.: 100-180 count
Orange, Strawberry, Coffee and Grape Flavors
*Flavored capsules are not a Plant Based Vegetarian/Vegan option. They are Kosher and Halal Certified.
$265 for current birth or postpartum doula or repeat clients. Flavor included if desired, no extra charge.
4 ounce glass jar - your choice of Shea or Cocoa butter
**Lavender, Vanilla or Lemongrass essential oil can be added upon request**
4 ounces - glass bottle with dropper
16 ounce - Mixed Berry. Customized flavors are an additional $5.00.
*Small pieces of raw placenta are used for this process
Broth is produced from the placenta when the steaming preparation is used. This broth can be added to soups, stews and bone broth to enhance the healing process. Broth can be frozen in ice cube trays and used over the first month of postpartum. Yields approx 8-12 ounces.
Cords are dehydrated and can be kept at its natural color or painted gold or silver. $40 charge if ordering a keepsake only.
$40 charge if ordering a print only.
(You may substitute a Cord Keepsake or Placenta Print for a Smoothie)
Subject to Fuel and Trip charge if pick-up or drop-off is not within the 25 mile radius of my service area,Tampa. (Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas county)
Placenta Bundle Combo Package
What is Whartons Jelly and why is it so important?
A gelatinous, squishy substance that is also found in parts of the eye. It is made to protect the cord's vessels from kink, compression and cutting baby when it wraps around them. Wharton's Jelly forms progressively over the term of the pregnancy, growing more and more full of mucopolysaccharides, fibroblasts, macrophages and collagen. This is why the cord can have a "knot" in it and it not cause any issues. Wharton's Jelly keeps the pressure off of the vessels/artery.
Most cords have one vein and two arteries. The vein carries oxygenated blood from the placenta to the baby and the arteries carry deoxygenated blood from the baby to the placenta. In approximately 1% of pregnancies there are only two vessels —usually one vein and one artery.
Is the unknown taste of your placenta holding you back from encapsulating?? Worry no more, I have just the thing for you!! !!!FLAVORED CAPSULES!!!! I have Strawberry, I have Grape, I have Coffee, I have Orange, and of course I have unflavored. :)
Today I was working on a 37-week gestation placenta. This was a healthy placenta, no retained pieces or calcification. I actually found the yolk sac....my 1st. A real gem to see.
This placenta yielded 100 size 00 capsules, which will give mom enough to get through her 4th trimester.
This is the 1st video of how I set up my encapsulation station. In addition to the supplies, you see in this video, I always wear full PPE gear. A steamer and a Ninja blender.
SAFETY 1ST!! ~ Gloves ~ Mask ~ Safety Goggles or Face Shield ~ Surgical Gown ~ Hair Cap ~ Shoe Booties .
This video shows the encapsulation process once it has been steamed with fresh ginger and lemon (upon request) and gone through the dehydrator and ground into a powder or coffee grind texture. As you will see in the video, the the capsules are placed into the capsule machine and assembled.
A succenturiate (accessory) lobe is a second or third placental lobe that is much smaller than the largest lobe. Unlike bipartite lobes, the smaller succenturiate lobe often has areas of infarction or atrophy. Succenturiate lobed placentas are not common, only 1.7% occur in pregnancies.
Succenturiate placentas come with various risks. If undiagnosed, can increase maternal mortality and morbidity due to retained placenta, postpartum hemorrhage and infection.
Succenturiate Lobed Placenta -
38 Weeks Gestation
Marginal Umbilical Cord Insertion of a 41-week gestation placenta, also known as Battledore Cord Insertion or Battledore Placenta. Marginal Insertion of Umbilical Cord occurs in about 7% of all pregnancies. It may occur in pregnant women of all ages
In Marginal Insertion of Umbilical Cord, the umbilical cord inserts into the edge of the placental disc of the developing fetus (the umbilical cord lies within 2 cm of the placental disc edge) There are no causative factors associated with Marginal Insertion of Umbilical Cord. The condition is more common in twin and multiple pregnancies than a single pregnancy Complications due to
Marginal Insertion of Umbilical Cord may include:
Velamentous Cord Insertion
A velamentous cord insertion is a pregnancy complication in which the umbilical cord is abnormally inserted into the placenta. In a typical pregnancy, a baby's blood vessels travel from the center of the placenta into the baby via their umbilical.
Velamentous insertion occurs in 1.1% of single-baby pregnancies and 8.7% of twin pregnancies. This type of insertion is more common earlier in pregnancy. In cases of miscarriage, velamentous cord insertion happens around 33% of the time when the pregnancy ends between nine and 12 weeks gestation. In pregnancies that end between 13 and 16 weeks, the rate is a little lower at 26%.
The yolk sac is part of the gestational sac, the protective covering that surrounds a developing baby and contains the amniotic fluid. It appears around a week or two after the embryo has implanted in the uterus (during week 4). During that time, the yolk sac provides all the nutrients the embryo needs. It also produces red blood cells until the placenta fully forms and takes over. After week 10, the yolk sac gradually gets smaller and disappears as the embryo absorbs it.
It rare instances, the yolk sac can be found within the amnion and chorion layers of the gestational sac. I have been fortunate enough to have found 3 of them in my history of placenta encapsulation.
Yolk sac found in a 41-week placenta.
Follow along as I breakdown the anatomy of the umbilical cord.
The umbilical cord contains Wharton's jelly, a gelatinous substance made largely from mucopolysaccharides that protects the blood vessels inside. It contains one vein, which carries oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to the fetus, and two arteries that carry deoxygenated, nutrient-depleted blood away.
When should you NOT consume the placenta? Here's a list of contraindications:
the placenta may have various contraindications for use in the following scenarios:
"We surveyed 189 females who had ingested their placenta and found the majority of these women reported perceived positive benefits and indicated they would engage in placentophagy again after subsequent births. When asked to describe any positive effects experienced, the majority of women in the sample claimed that they experienced improved mood as a result of consuming their placenta postpartum (40%). The second most frequently given response to this question was increased energy/decreased fatigue (26%). Women also reported benefits related to improved lactation (15%) and alleviated postpartum bleeding/discharge (7%)."
Selander, J., Cantor, A., Young, S. M., & Benyshek, D. C. (2013). Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption. Ecology of food and nutrition, 52(2), 93-115.
"An attempt was made to increase milk secretion in mothers by administration of dried placenta per os. Of 210 controlled cases only 29 (13.8%) gave negative results; 181 women (86.2%) reacted positively to the treatment, 117 (55.7%) with good and 64 (30.5%) with very good results.... This method of treating hypogalactia seems worth noting since the placenta preparation is easily obtained, has not so far been utilized and in our experience is successful in the majority of women."
Soykova-Pachnerova E, et. al. (1954). Placenta as a Lactogen. Gynaecologia, 138(6):617-627.
“Powdered Placenta Hominis was used for 57 cases of insufficient lactation. Within 4 days, 48 women had markedly increased milk production, with the remainder following suit over the next three days.”
Bensky/Gamble. (1993). Chinese Materia Medica. Eastland Press, 549.
“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. (1997). Jade Remedies. Snow Lotus Press, 352.
"The maternal ingestion of desiccated placenta produces an increase in the rate of growth and growth capacity of the breast-fed infants above that normally occurring."
Frederick S. Hammett. (1918). The Effect of the Maternal Ingestion of Desiccated Placenta Upon the Rate of Growth of Breast-Fed Infants. J. Biol. Chem, 36:569-573.
"The ingestion of desiccated placenta has an effect upon the factors concerned in the regulation of the chemical composition of milk. There is a stimulation of the sugar- and protein-producing mechanism with an apparent depression of the function of the fat-secreting apparatus."
Frederick S. Hammett and Lyle G. McNeile. 1917. The Effect of the Ingestion of Desiccated Placenta on the Variations in the Composition During the First Eleven Days After Parturition of Human Milk. J. Biol. Chem. 30:145-153.
Placenta – Worth Trying? Human Maternal Placentophagy: Possible Benefit and Potential Risks
Maternal placenta consumption causes no harm to newborns
Does eating placenta offer postpartum health benefits?
Research shows how placenta umpires fight for nutrients between pregnant mother and foetus
Introduction: Clinical studies conducted in the early to mid-twentieth century, and recent self-reports by some maternal placentophagy practitioners, suggest that human maternal placentophagy improves breast milk quality and quantity, although little research has evaluated this claim. Some placentophagy providers and advocates suggest that increased prolactin levels after placenta ingestion could account for the purported lactation benefits. The current study was conducted to evaluate these claims by comparing plasma prolactin levels of women consuming steamed, dehydrated, and encapsulated placenta with those of women consuming a placebo. Neonatal weight gain was also compared between the 2 groups.
Methods: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial was conducted in which postpartum women (N = 27) were given a supplement containing their dehydrated placenta (n = 12) or placebo (n = 15). Plasma prolactin concentrations were measured 4 times across late pregnancy and early postpartum, and neonatal weights were recorded 3 times over the first 3 weeks postpartum.
Results: The results showed no statistically significant (P < .05) differences in either plasma prolactin levels or neonatal weight gain between groups.
Discussion: Maternal consumption of steamed, dehydrated, and encapsulated placenta postpartum does not appear to affect maternal postpartum prolactin or neonatal weight in the first 3 weeks postpartum. Further research is needed to investigate the possible effects of variation in placenta preparation methods or daily intake on human lactation.
Keywords: encapsulated placenta; placentophagia; placentophagy; postpartum supplement.
© 2019 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
See all similar articles
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any advice or information provided by Placenta Practice regarding Placenta Encapsulation is based on experience, research, documentation and client testimonials from mothers who have used placenta capsules for their post-partum recovery. We are not a medical body and do not claim to treat, cure or relieve any symptoms in pregnancy, birth or post-birth. We recommend you seek advice from your GP or midwife if you have any problems with your pregnancy, birth or post-birth recovery. Families who choose to use our services take full responsibility for their own health and for researching and using the remedies we provide.
INSURANCE PLANS ACCEPTED FOR
* Clear Health Alliance
* Molina Healthcare
* Simply HealthCare
* Sunshine Health
* United HealthCare