Did you know that humans are the only mammals that don't normally consume their placenta after birth? In ancient history, there have been many different traditional and ritualistic ways to either consume or honor the placenta for providing your baby's blood supply and nutrients for 10 months of pregnancy. One example of this tradition is burying the placenta and planting a tree over it to signify the birth and growth of the child. Another example would be adding the placenta to a smoothie or encapsulating the placenta. Placenta encapsulation is a very common practice in ancient Chinese and African cultures.
This type of encapsulation is the act of cleaning, steaming, and dehydrating your placenta so that it can be ground up and put into capsules for you to take daily. This is a very easy and simple process, but if you don't have the stomach for it, Dee Art Doula is bloodborne pathogen-certified and knowledgeable in encapsulating your placenta for you using sterile techniques and tools!
Common benefits of placenta encapsulation are the balancing of hormones after delivery, which helps prevent postpartum depression, aids in the production of breast milk, replenishes iron levels after delivery, and helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy state.