Have you wondered if encapsulation will be beneficial to you after birth? How do you know if it will benefit you?
You may be thinking that ingesting your placenta will be unsafe or won't give you any benefits.
Well, no one knows exactly how your placenta will help you. The only way to really know is to try it! Many people who choose not to encapsulate after their first birth, hire me to encapsulate with their second, third, etc births. My suggestion for people is to just do it and have it. Even if it doesn't totally work for you in the way you want, it's better to have it just in case.
While the scientific research is minimal on benefits, the anecdotal experiences of people who have tried it is super positive. It's hard to do a scientific study on this process because everyone responds to their own placenta so differently.
Are your friends and family members making you doubt your decision?
I will be linking some research here for you to share with them. Unless your friends and family members, doctors and midwives plan to provide you with extensive postpartum support-they may want to support you in doing this.
Some people have reported feeling more hormonally balanced, energized, get better sleep, heal faster, bleed less and have an enhanced milk supply. When your amazing placenta has supported your baby through pregnancy, it's job is not done once you give birth to it. Choosing to encapsulate can be very empowering for many new birthing people.
Your placenta belongs to you and your baby. It doesn't belong to the hospital or your family members, this choice is yours and can be so impactful on your healing.
Research and Resources:
Placenta– Worth Trying? Human Maternal Placentophagy: Possible Benefit and Potential Risks https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6138470/
Shawna is a mom of 3 and has been working with children and their parents since 1999. Just honest information to prepare you and provide you with love and support. Owner and operator of Bay Area Placenta Services since 2012