PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION DENVER COLORADO
WHAT IS PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION?
Placenta encapsulation is a process in which, immediately following the birth of your baby, your placenta is dehydrated and ground into a course powder, which is then placed into small capsules that look exactly just like any other vitamin or supplement we might take. Mothers then consume these capsules to help them rebound from the birth, avoid postpartum blues, and boost their milk supply.
The placenta contains a massive amount of crucial hormones and iron that leave our body once the placenta is born. Humans (at least in the Western world) are one of the few land mammals that do not regularly eat their placentas – a practice known as placentophagia. But consuming the placenta in any form can help new mothers maintain their hormone and iron levels in the few weeks after the birth, which can speed healing and help curb fatigue and anxiety in these new moms.
BENEFITS OF PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION
The known ingredients that give the placenta its healing properties are:
Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone,
Prolactin: promotes lactation,
Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. In pharmaceutical form this is a very addictive drug because it promotes a feeling of connectedness with others,
Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events,
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores,
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections,
Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition,
Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing,
Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections.
The placenta contains at least a half dozen hormones and other natural substances that help the body to recover from birth. Some boost immunity in the new mom, some help lower stress levels, and others encourage the uterus to shrink back to size, which can help prevent excessive postpartum bleeding.
METHODS OF ENCAPSULATION
TCM Encapsulation: (traditional Chinese Medicine Inspired)
This method of preparation involves gently steaming the placenta with lemon, ginger, and cayenne pepper. TCM is believes to have tonifying, healing, and warming properties. Using TCM also converts some nutrients to be absorbed which would normally be discarded raw. After steaming, the placenta is dehydrated and ground into vegetarian capsules. If you had meconium present at birth or your placenta has been frozen, this is always the method of choice.
This method skips the steaming process and is set for dehydration while still “raw”. This process is only used within the first 48 hours after birth to ensure freshness. It can be combined with TCM method so you receive half raw and half TCM. Raw food activists choose this method because they believe the cooking or steaming process destroys some of the nutrients. Using the RAW method provides a burst of energy up front, but does not often offer the longer, tonifying benefits of TCM. Indications for choosing the RAW method would be: long labor, postpartum hemorrhage or history of it and desire to increase breast mild and energy immediatly after birth.
Tinctures are great for returning menstrual cycles, menopause and even puberty. The biological mother and daughter of the birthing mom can also benefit from the tincture as it has an almost indefinite shelf life. It can be used by babies older than 6 months for teething and transition. They are made with a small piece of raw placenta and 100 proof alcohol, aged for 6 weeks postpartum and then strained. It is then stored in a dropper bottle, much like a Bach Flower Essence.
Print & Cord Keepsake:
I make two keepsakes to honor and commemorate the special roles this amazing organ played in your precious baby’s growth, development and birth. Placenta prints are made paint free and laminated.
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Jen- Bump to Birth Encapsulation
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