Why Should I Encapsulate My Placenta?

Eating the placenta is not a new practice in human beings. It has
been a common practice in many countries since the dawn of history.
In some of those countries such as Indonesia and the Czech
Republic, it was once believed that eating the placenta would
guarantee future fertility. In China, it was believed that a bite of
dried placenta would speed up labor. Hungarian women believed
that if they burned the placenta and placed the ashes in their
husbands’ drinks, he would not be able get them pregnant again.

In the Ural Mountains in Russia, tribes considered the placenta a
caretaker for the child and gave it a warm welcome. In addition to
the knitted clothes prepared for the baby, they knit a tiny shirt for
the placenta.

In exploring the benefits of the consumption of the placenta after a
birth, it would be expedient to read about the placenta itself, its
functions, and the hormones involved in its functioning.

Many new mothers in the western cultures are beginning to practice

Do All Women Experience the "Baby Blues?"
Women suffer through the baby blues almost as a rite of passage to motherhood;  
but it doesn’t have to be this way!
During normal birth, women lose 1/8-1/10 of their blood supply.
The mammal placenta was made to be consumed and make up for this loss
by giving the new mother essential fats, amino acids, vast amounts of iron
and essential hormones to aid the body in self-recovery after birth.
The ”Baby blues” is a common occurrence with over 85% of mothers
experiencing it within the first days or weeks after giving birth.
Because it is so common, nothing is typically done about it until it worsens
into a diagnosis of postpartum depression.
When a new mother is diagnosed with postpartum depression
her health care provider may prescribe antidepressants.  
As with all medications, antidepressants are passed to the baby through
breast milk.  Some mothers may not  want to expose their babies to these medications.  
Is there an alternative?
Faced with a decision to either stop breastfeeding, or struggle with depression,
placenta encapsulation is a safe, non-medicinal option.

Placenta Encapsulation Benefits
Although current research on human placentophagy does not exist in abundance,
what we do know is that women who take placenta capsules report fewer postpartum
emotional difficulties.
They have reported increased energy , faster healing, increased laction supply,
and overall, a more pleasant postpartum recovery.
Fatigue is also a major contributor in the development of postpartum depression.   
There is a strong correlation between fatigue and iron deficiency anemia,
Which can happen when there is blood loss after delivery.
The placenta is an incredible source of natural iron which has a much greater
bioavailability than a manufactured iron supplement.
Research has shown that increasing iron levels through supplementation
can lower the overall risk for beginning postpartum depression.
By providing adequate iron via a natural source such as the placenta,
women can lower their risk of obtaining postpartum depression.
Other new studies have revealed that placentaphagia
can curb postpartum depression by replacing maternal bodily nutrients lost in birth.
The placenta contains very high levels of vitamins such as B6.
This vitamin is known to specifically help with avoidance of postpartum depression.
By consuming her placenta, the mother can reclaim these lost vitamins and put them back to use in
her own body.
During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes high levels of CRH, also pouring great
quantities into the expectant mother's bloodstream.   
CRH is a natural anxiety and stress reduction hormone.
Following birth, the mother often has a much lower than average level of this hormone
in her body.  This can contribute to the Baby Blues, or even postpartum depression.
When CRH is being produced during the final weeks of pregnancy,
the hypothalamus shuts down its production.
After birth the Hypothalamus hasn't yet begun to compensate for the low levels of CRH.

Your Placenta
Contains your own natural hormones;
Is perfectly made by your body for you;
Balances your system;
Replenishes your depleted iron if you are anemic or had blood loss;
Gives you more energy;
Lessens lochia postnatally;
Hypothosized to increase milk production;
Equalizes bodily hormones postnatally.

How Much Does it Cost?
The cost for a non-doula client for Placenta Encapsulation, which includes pick-up and delivery
at the birth location of your choice is $100.00, at locations within 1-hour of the Yakima area.
If outside of the Yakima area, arrangements for an extra surcharge for transportation can be made.
For more details on encapsulation, please contact Treasured Birth, LLC.  
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