The History of Placenta Encapsulation
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques, the placenta is considered a ‘full of life force’ organ and is used to support mothers in healing after the birth of their child. The first documented usage dates back all the way to 1578 from one of the first pharmaceutical experts of China, Li Shi-Zhen, in a publication called TCM Materia Medica.
In the 1980s an American midwife, Raven Lang, who was studying TCM revived the lost tradition by promoting placenta remedies during a MANA conference in the United States.
It has since caught on as a holistic approach to postpartum care.
What is Placenta Encapsulation exactly?
Placenta encapsulation is the process of dehydrating the placenta into a fine powder and putting the dried powder into vegetable capsules that can then be consumed by the mother easily and effectively.
What are the Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation?
Giving birth is an empowering, life-changing experience that impacts not just the physical body but the mind, spirit, emotions, and energy-levels. So much happens during the first few weeks after giving birth from the adjustment of a new baby to the fluctuations in hormone levels, these changes can make a new mother feel off-balanced and overwhelmed. Many women are turning to placenta encapsulation as a way to transition from pregnancy into new motherhood and end up having a much more positive experience during the entire journey due to this addition to their healthcare routine.
Women have reported these benefits from placenta encapsulation:
- Increased energy
- More balanced moods and hormones
- Decreased risk of developing postpartum depression
- A boosted immune system
- Faster postpartum healing and less bleeding
- increased milk supply
- Increased levels of blood iron
- Quicker shrinking of the uterus & postpartum weight loss
- Improved infant/maternal bonding
How can the Happy Mama Place help?
Your placenta has been a source of nourishment for your baby–full of vitamins, nutrients, and hormones–that can now work for you to help with a speedier recovery and smoother transition from pregnancy to postpartum. Through the process of dehydration you can use your placenta as a supplement that is as easy to take as your daily vitamins.
All placenta services include a complimentary phone consult to help you decide on what method of encapsulation is right for you. Your placenta will be picked up within 24 hours of the birth and returned within 48 hours of pick up.