Placenta encapsulation is a sterile process for making your placenta into a powder and placing it inside capsules for consumption during the postpartum period. Keep reading to learn more about the process and the benefits of this centuries-old practice.
Placenta Encapsulation Happens at Home
Soon after the birth of your baby, placenta encapsulation is performed in your own home by a trained professional using sterilized equipment and supplies. After transporting your placenta home in a carefully packed cooler, the process of placenta encapsulation usually begins within 24-48 hours after the birth of your baby.
First, the specialist steams the placenta and then dehydrates it. As this person is an expert, she can simultaneously explain about the function and anatomy of the placenta as well as check on your transition into parenthood. She will be happy to listen to your concerns and answer all your questions!
The next day the dried placenta is crushed and placed in capsules. These capsules are stored in the refrigerator until they are consumed. You can begin taking the capsules immediately after the encapsulation. Usually, women take 1-2 capsules 3 times a day for 4-6 weeks.
Both anecdotal evidence and small scale studies have demonstrated the potential benefits to postpartum mothers. There are many, including:
Increase in milk production
Increase in energy levels and mood
Decrease in your risk for Postpartum Mood Disorders
Decrease in healing time
Restoration of iron levels
Tennessee Family Doulas Can Help!
One of our trained postpartum doula can perform your placenta encapsulation at your house, and we invite you to be involved in the process to whatever degree you are comfortable. Our transparency and openness serves to give you complete peace of mind about the process and what is going into your body. As with all our postpartum services, we are there to offer education, encouragement, and non-judgmental support during this season of your life. Reach out to Tennessee Family Doulas today to schedule your placenta encapsulation!