WHY USE MY PLACENTA?
Though not nearly as exciting as your newborn baby, your placenta is a pretty spectacular thing. It's the organ that provided nourishment and oxygen to your baby for 40 weeks, so why just toss it out?
Once routinely disposed of by hospitals, these days a growing number of women are holding on to their placentas, perhaps with good reason. While there isn’t scientific proof that consuming your placenta has any health benefits, many mothers report feeling a boost of energy after consuming their placenta, while others feel it helps them keep an 'even keel' through the postpartum hormonal ups and downs. Most notably in Chinese medicine the placenta is considered to have healing and grounding properties. If women do not feeling like eating there are other ways in which you can honour it in some way which you might like to consider.
The greatest collection of evidence is anecdotal, and it seems women report common effects, resulting in their placenta remedies helping with a number of postnatal challenges.
Your placenta may:
Boost your energy levels and general feelings of wellness and emotionally in balance.
Aid in reducing postpartum bleeding.
Promote and increase your milk supply. The prolactin in your placenta can mean your milk ‘comes in’ sooner.
Corticotropin and Oxytocin present in the placenta are the hormones associated with reducing stress levels therefor can contribute to a calm mother state.
Support in maternal healing, stem cells and growth factors in the placenta help to heal and repair the bod after physiological or cesarean birth.
Vitamin E present in the placenta can help with the repair and healing of damaged skin cells.
Here are some of the things I can offer you to do with this unique organ:
By tincturing some of the placenta you can increase the length and benefits of your placenta for both mother and child. The tincture has been used in times of trauma, transition, emotional distress, hormonal fluctuations, all the reasons you would use your capsules and for mother later in life during menopause and you can later turn it into a homeopathic remedy.
A piece of the placenta is steeped in alcohol for 6 weeks. The tincture is the potent liquid after the placenta has been drained and is supplied to you in a glass bottle with a pipette. The tincture is taken daily by putting a few drops into water. The tincture is very shelf-stable if kept in a cool dark place such as a cupboard, and will last for many, many years.
Planting the placenta has been a way to symbolise baby's link to the earth in certain cultures for years, but some women like the idea of a planting their placenta alongside a tree in their yard that will grow with their baby. It's a beautiful visual reminder of how you and your baby were once physically connected to one another.
I will bring a small tree in a pot (of your choosing) to your first postnatal visit. Along with some of your placenta, which I will have frozen from your birth and packaged in biodegrable material, I will also bring a spade and watering can.
In many cultures the placenta is valued for its nourishing and life sustaining qualities. It is often considered a spiritual partner to the baby in utero. Placenta prints provide a true imprint of both the mother and baby’s sides of the placenta, showing it’s ‘tree of life’ form. Prints are created on 350msg high artist quality paper. They are unframed and annotated with your name(s), birth date and “Mother’s side” and “baby’s side”.
Encapsulation is probably the most popular of ways to ingest your placenta and is made into a remedy which is very easy to take. The placenta is washed with water and prepared for encapsulation. It is dehydrated and then ground into a powder and packaged in vegan capsules. The capsules can be taken daily by the mother during the early postnatal weeks, increasing the dose in times of need. After the fourth trimester (first 3 months) you may reduce your dosage and just use them in challenging times such as your period and challenging phases in the first year.
A small piece of raw placenta is blended with sugar free fruit juices/almond/coconut milk and fresh/frozen berries and a drop of honey/maple syrup. The first smoothie soon after you have given birth is a welcome refreshment and boost of your sugar levels. Thereafter your placenta will be frozen in pieces and each evening you can take our a piece to thaw ready for a morning smoothie. This can be an excellent way to support yourself both with all the above indications of placentophagy and nutritionally too. If you are in hospital or a birthing centre I will bring either 1 or 2 smoothies to you on the day, or the day after your birth.
I offer Placenta Printing as part of my Doula services - £30
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