“Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” St. Luke 1:42
The placenta is a beautiful organ. It is the only organ that develops and grows within another organ. It is responsible for growing a healthy baby. The placenta is the bridge of life between the mother and her baby during pregnancy. It passes the nourishment you provide to your baby, it also filters toxins to keep your baby safe. For these reasons alone, it is unique, amazing and beautiful.Your baby and the placenta are made from the same cells, which are formed through combination of the egg and the sperm. The placenta stays attached to the uterine wall while the fetus has the ability to move around the uterus. While in the womb the placenta keeps the baby tethered to life itself. Without the placenta functioning correctly the baby cannot grow and be nourished. Therefore the placenta helps provide the gift of life.What should be done with the placenta once it has served its purpose?
There are many rituals that have been done throughout history to symbolize respect and gratitude in regards to the great value of this amazing organ. Some of these include;
- Many people bury their baby’s placenta on their property under a tree or a bush. If you have the ability to keep the placenta frozen for a year, this might be done on the baby’s first birthday. This can be a fun ritual and can involve many people who are special in the child’s life. Watching the tree or bush grow along side of the child can be an experience of great value.
- Another option is lotus birth, where the placenta is left attached to the baby via the cord until the cord falls off on its own. Many people believe that the baby will separate from the placenta when he or she is ready and that cutting the cord interferes with this natural process. The placenta may be covered with salts and/or herbs (great ones are rosemary and sage) and then covered with a diaper or cloth pad and kept close to baby. Lotus birth can be an incredibly spiritual experience for everyone involved. It is also a great way to keep visitors away for a few days! The downside to having a lotus birth is that the placenta may possibly hinder physical bonding if either of the partners feels uncomfortable with the process.
- Another option is to consume the placenta. If a woman loses a lot of blood at a birth, some midwives recommend that the placenta immediately be cooked with some onion and served. It could also be blended in a smoothie along with lots of fruits and honey to hide the taste.
- Some women understandably cannot quite stomach eating their placenta. These women can use it in another way. They can turn the placenta into capsules for swallowing and still receive all of the amazing benefits that it has to offer in the postpartum period. Because the pills are in capsules, they are tasteless and can be taken alongside other vitamins. A tincture can also be made by soaking a small piece of placenta in grain alcohol for 4-6 weeks. Woman can save their tincture for many years, some save it to aid them in their transition through menopause.
- Placenta prints are a terrific complement to any of the above methods. They can be done even if it is decided that the placenta be buried, consumed or kept attached to the newborn. A print is made of the baby’s side of the placenta on a large piece of paper, the print resembles a tree and is often referred to as the tree of life.
- Cord keepsakes can be made by drying the cord in a heart or spiral shape and saving for baby’s (or mama’s) scrap book.
Benefits of placenta ingestion include:
After a woman has a baby, many changes quickly begin to occur in her body. Hormones revert to pre-pregnancy levels, organs shift and blood levels decrease—just to name a few. This transition can sometimes be difficult. Your placenta contains hormones which, when given in the postpartum period, can make these changes easier. Ingesting your placenta can also help to prevent postpartum depression, increase energy, increase breast milk production, decrease the likelihood of iron deficiency, and decrease the likelihood of insomnia and sleep disorders.
Placenta medicine also has nutritional benefits:
It is a high source of iron, vitamin B6 and protein. Because the placenta is the bridge between mother and baby, it contains all of the same vitamins and nutrients that mother has passed across to baby. This may be especially important if a woman experiences postpartum hemorrhage.
How will you respond to placenta medicine?
Your body will likely respond in its own individual way to placenta medicine. The powerful nature of this medicine will likely lead to benefits too numerous to mention. I believe that this practice is particularly beneficial to those prone to postpartum depression however, every new mother has the ability to benefit greatly from this medicine.
Many women look to placenta medicine as a natural way to balance their hormones after birth and avoid postpartum depression.
Methods of Encapsulation Include
The Raw Food Method (this is my preferred method)
This method of drying out the placenta is different from the traditional method. The placenta is not steamed or cooked in any way before dehydrating. It is dried completely using a dehydrator, powdered and encapsulated. Mothers who utilize this method often report a more immediate effect after taking their placenta pills. This method tends to produce more pills as the steaming process shrinks the placenta a great deal. I also add certain herbs such as hops and fennel to boost breast milk production and ensure the capsules have a pleasing flavor. Cayenne, lemon and ginger are added as well to boost circulatory absorption of the ingredients.
Traditional Chinese Medicine method
This method includes gently steaming, dehydrating, powdering and encapsulating the placenta.
Placenta Medicine Fee for Serivice
I provide placenta encapsulation within 3-5 days of receiving your placenta, the cost is 150$. I also offer a tincture of the placenta for 30$. Tinctures are helpful for women who would like to save their medicine for many years. Some women save placenta tincture for menopause or just in case it is needed later in life. I offer a keepsake free of charge, if you would like, I can take your baby’s cord and dry it to treasure forever.