Placenta capsules and cord – image credit Harmony Yoga Ireland
The title of today’s post might sound a little shocking at first glance, but placenta encapsulation is really gaining in popularity all over the world and in the last few years in Ireland too!
Our guest blog post is from one of our lovely exhibitors Gail, who provides placenta encapsulation as one of her many services at Harmony Yoga Ireland.
“I often get funny looks when I tell people my new service is encapsulating placentas!! Comments often range from YUCK to WHY to HOW DO YOU DO THAT!
I have worked with pregnant women and babies for nearly 10 years now and I am always looking for new ways to support both the parents and the babies. I heard about placenta encapsulating early last year and as soon as I had read up about it, I knew that it was something that I wanted to offer.
I trained with IPEN in the UK last July and have been buy ever since, collecting placentas and dropping back capsules (even though I have not yet advertised, it has mostly been word of mouth).
There are a few different options that can be chosen, but the most common are the capsules which are either Raw or TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).
The raw capsules involve washing the placenta thoroughly after I collect it (as soon after birth as possible) and cutting it up into small slices to be dehydrated over a number of hours. After this it is ground up and made into capsules.
The TMC method is done by steaming the placenta first (in the water is lemon, chilli and ginger) before following the same steps as above.
Another option that is much more popular than I thought it would be is a Placenta Smoothie!! This is taking a small piece of the placenta, again as soon as possible after birth (this service is usually at homebirths so the mum can consume the smoothie as soon as it is made) this is then blended with frozen berries, a banana and water. The benefit of having the smoothie are:
• Helps stop postpartum hemorrhaging and triggers the body to quickly heal internal wounds
• Significantly reduces blood loss
• Gives the body an immediate supply of essential vitamins and nutrients
• Provides the body with an immediate boost of hormones to begin healing the body after birth
• Gives the mother an immediate feeling of strength and balance
• Most mothers who have the smoothie report milk ‘comes in’ at day 2 postpartum rather than 3-4 days postpartum
• Eases the hormonal transition to postpartum and helps prevent the ‘baby blues’ around the time when milk engorges the breasts
Other options include, essence, tincture and homeopathic remedies for both the mother and the baby.
With every placenta that I encapsulate the parents receive a keepsake of the umbilical cord dried (which my daughters have renamed a belly button pretzel!!!).
To be in with a chance to win Gail’s placenta encapsulation service*, just comment on this post with your name and email address or on our Facebook post. We will announce the winner on Friday the 31st of January!
*The Prize includes collection of your placenta in the Dublin area, capsules (either Raw or TCM) and delivery. Other services may be purchased.