“Baby blues” is a common occurrence.
80% of mothers experience it in the first days and weeks after giving birth. Because it is so common, nothing is typically done about it until it worsens into a diagnosis of postpartum depression, at which time anti-depressants may be prescribed. Anti-depressants are passed to the baby through breastmilk, and mothers who do not want to expose their babies to these medications are often faced with the decision to either stop breastfeeding or struggle with depression. Women suffer through the baby blues almost as a rite of passage to motherhood – but
it doesn’t have to be this way.
Placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, is believed to gradually replace the hormones lost so rapidly after childbirth and therefore eases drastic mood swings that can occur postpartum. Some women have cooked the placenta in a stew, mixed it into a smoothie, or even taken it raw to tap into its powerful effects. For many who feel squeamish about this or want to reap the benefits of placenta for more than just a day or two, there are a few options:
- Placenta Tincture: While this process is not as well known as the encapsulated placenta it is said that placenta tincture can help balance hormones, whether postpartum, PMS, weaning, menopause, or any other time that may require emotional regulation. The tincture has a strong shelf life and can be used for years if stored in a cool dry place. The process involves submerging a piece of the placenta in high proof alcohol for several weeks then straining the placenta out, leaving a strong tincture., We recommend using 5-7 dropper fulls when needed. We offer 1oz tincture for $25.00.
- Placenta Prints: In addition to medicinal uses another way we honor and show gratitude for the role of the placenta is to make beautiful, artistic prints with it. Some families frame their placenta prints, or “Tree of Life” and display as art in their homes. We offer one print on standard paper and one color of paint for $40.00. There is a $5.00 charge if you choose additional paint colors.
- Encapsulation: Powdered placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. In the postpartum period, placenta capsules can be used to balance your hormones, enhance your milk supply, and increase your energy.
Ideally, the placenta is encapsulated within 48 hours after the birth. For Brookhaven clients the capsules will be ready for pick up, or will be brought to your home visit within two days of your baby’s birth.
For others wishing to use this service please call before your due date to get details on the process for drop off and pick up.
1oz Tincture Cost: $25
Placenta Prints: Beginning at $40
Brookhaven Moms Encapsulation Fee: $200-add $50.00 for twins
Encapsulation Fee for Moms with Outside Care Providers: $250-add $50 for twins
How Encapsulation Happens
First, we thoroughly rinse the placenta and then remove the amniotic sac and the umbilical cord.
After the placenta is cleaned and lightly steamed we slice it into thin strips and put it into the oven on a low temperature for about 6 hours to dehydrate it.
Once dried we put the placenta into a grinder and process it until it is a fine powder.
Next we fill the capsules with the aid of a capsule filling contraption called a “cap-m-quik.” We typically get 125-200 pills per placenta.
Although current research on human placentophagy does not exist, what we do know is that women who take placenta capsules report fewer emotional issues, have more energy and tend to enjoy a faster, more pleasant postpartum recovery. The first few days and weeks with your new baby are precious. Give yourself the best chance to fully enjoy your “babymoon” with placenta capsules.
The placenta is rinsed, dried, ground and encapsulated, and when properly stored, the capsules can be used for weeks. When you have recovered from childbirth, you can even freeze the capsules and save them for menopause.
Check out PlacentaBenefits.info for more information on placenta encapsulation.