Yes, yes... I know most of us think that eating the placenta is barbaric and taboo, but thanks to the information in the research studies about the surprising benefits, there has been a recent push by mothers to discreetly ingest the placenta by encapsulating. I have recently started encapsulating client's placentas following the Traditional Chinese Method.
Ingesting the placenta helps prevent PPD, "The baby blues" and fatigue as well as increases the milk supply, replenishes nutrients and decreases postpartum bleeding. More information about the benefits of Placentophagia can be found here.
I encapsulated my sister's placenta today and thought I'd take a few photos to document the process. I forgot to photograph a few steps, but you get the idea!
WARNING: These are not for the squeamish!
Cleaning and draining the maternal side of the placenta
Cleaning and draining the fetal side (Also known as "The Tree of Life")
Checking out the umbilical cord my nephew was tethered to for the last 9 months
A perfect design of harmony, the placenta is half maternal cells and half fetal cells.
Steaming the placenta lightly (According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Dehydrating the placenta
Putting together capsules after the placenta is ground
Aimee's placenta yielded 170 capsules!
A gift of postpartum wellness!