Collaboration with Pure Placenta
This month we are talking to Hollie, from Pure Placenta. She is our go to lady for placenta encapsulation in Lancashire and Merseyside and being the lovely lady and Mama she is, she also offers our Mama’s-to-be a discount on her services when they take a HypnoBirth course with us. So we asked her to tell us a little more about encapsulation and how it works.
What is so special about my placenta?
The placenta has long been thought of as a magical part of the creation of a baby. This incredible organ is uniquely designed for your baby and is an integral part of any pregnancy and birth. The placenta physically connects you to your unborn baby feeding essential oxygen, nutrients and vitamins.
During and after birth women lose 1/8-1/10 of their blood supply from the bleeding wound left inside the uterus, where the placenta was attached during the pregnancy. We believe the mammalian placenta was made to be consumed and make up for this loss by giving the new mother essential fats, proteins, vast amounts of iron and essential hormones to heal wounds and aid the body in self recovery after birth.
Why should I consider placenta encapsulation?
Dried placenta powder was recognised as a potent medicine in Europe for centuries and used to treat and cure many ailments, mostly those surrounding birth. However, since the late 19th century, most natural birthing methods have been replaced by modern birthing techniques, losing along the way many valuable traditions practiced for centuries. The benefits of consuming the placenta are being rediscovered and scientists are beginning to study placentophagy. Today there is profound anecdotal evidence and scientific studies that suggest consuming the placenta can be just as beneficial for humans as it is for other mammals.
Testimonials from our clients reveal that consuming the placenta after birth may improve energy levels, increase milk production and slow or stop postpartum haemorrhaging, thus creating an overall healthier post-birth recovery.
Will placenta capsules help prevent the ‘Baby Blues’ and/or Post-Natal Depression?
The ‘baby blues’ are a known symptom of birth and mothers are told to expect to feel sad, anxious and very emotional around the third day after the birth, usually when the milk engorges the breasts. These symptoms can sometimes develop into post-natal depression. Studies have proven that the symptoms of post-natal depression are linked with the severe lack of essential nutrients such as vitamin B6 and hormone CRH (our stress reducer hormone), both which are of high supply in the placenta. Consuming the placenta in capsules is thought to nourish the mother, replacing lost essential nutrients and hormones following birth and may entirely prevent the ‘baby blues’ and post-natal depression.
Will placenta capsules help with my energy levels?
Anecdotal evidence shows us that dried placenta powder consumed post-birth raises overall energy levels in new mums. The combination of hormones, vitamins, minerals (especially iron) as well as amino acids will speed the healing process following birth and balance excessive peaks and drops in hormone levels allowing the new mother to function normally in the weeks following birth. Its often we hear from our clients that they feel ‘normal’ or ‘great’, like they haven’t given birth or been awake all night with a newborn. Many mums have said “Everyone keeps commenting on how well I look”, and also sat they’ve noticed they feel significantly more energetic and less tired than their friends who did not consume their placenta.
Why should I try to deliver the Placenta naturally?
Many hospitals/midwives offer an artificial hormone-based injection called syntometrine to speed up the third stage of labour and the delivery of your placenta. This is done routinely when giving birth by caesarean section. If possible, delivering the placenta naturally is best for placenta encapsulation to prevent artificial hormones presenting in the blood and placental tissues. The syntometrine injection does not prevent you from benefiting from placenta encapsulation nor do caesarean section births.
What do I need to do to keep my placenta safe until encapsulation?
After booking in, you will receive your ‘chiller pack’, which contains all the instructions for yourself and midwife, a storage container, ice packs and a cooler bag. Your midwife should place your placenta into your clean storage container immediately after birth. Placentas must be chilled on ice and stored in the cooler box within 30 minutes of birth. Keep your cooler bag with you in your hospital room. Placentas chilled in cooler bags with frozen ice packs will be collected by your specialist and transported to a refrigerator within 12 hours of its birth. Caesarean Births: Ensure your doctors and midwives are aware you would like to keep your placenta and ask if your partner can bring your storage container in to theatre. The hormone injection syntometrine given to speed up the third stage will not prevent you from benefiting from placenta remedies.
What if I want to bank my baby’s cord blood or donate pieces of my placenta for research?
if you plan to either donate or bank cord blood we advise you prepare two containers, one for the cord (or pieces of placenta) and another for the whole placenta for encapsulation, both labeled appropriately to avoid confusion after birth.
When should I contact my Specialist after birth?
We advise you book your encapsulation with your local Specialist at least 2 weeks or sooner before your due date. Contact your Specialist within 12 hours after the birth of your baby, by text or phone. We aim to encapsulate your placenta within 24-48 hours after being notified giving you the benefits of your placenta as soon as we can.
How often should I take my placenta capsules?
We recommend mothers consume 1-2 capsules 3 times a day during the first 4-6 weeks post-partum or until you feel your hormones have returned to a state of normality. You can then take 1-2 capsules whenever you feel you may need a ‘pick me up’ or more energy (usually a sign of low iron) or to boost your breast milk supply. Dosage instructions and storage guidelines are clearly printed on the capsule jars and in your congratulations cards supplied to you with your remedies.
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Visit Pure Placenta if you would like to know more. Or email Hollie directly - email@example.com
If you have any questions about the techniques, or want to know more about other relaxation techniques for pregnancy & birth you could book a BIRTH HOUR appointment with us, for a short, effective and informative hour of birth coaching. Details can be found here.
You will find links to the Research Library on the placenta remedies network website