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One of the arguments around placentophagy is that there is no placenta encapsulation research to back it up.
Yes, compared to other subjects there is little in the way of studies. Let's take a look at why that is and how to evaluate the research that is available.
What makes a good scientific research study?
David Levine has written an easy to understand article with relevant examples that make sense for the average woman researching her options. You can read the whole article here but I'll summarise the main points for you below:
As a placenta encapsulator I get to see lots of unique placentas and umbilical cords from women around Adelaide. One feature that often pops up is false knots in the umbilical cord.
What is a false knot in an umbilical cord?
A false knot (or pseudoknot) is a very common variation in umbilical cords caused by extra looping of the blood vessels inside the whartons jelly. False knots do not have any clinical significance and can range from very small to several centimetres. The video below shows one example of a larger false knot. Drying out the cord enables you to see the blood vessels inside the whartons jelly quite well.
What's the difference between a true knot and a false knot?
What was your experience?
Did you have a false knot or a true knot in your cord? Share your experience below
You can learn more about the medical side of cord knots here on Medscape
Kelly Harper has been providing professional placenta encapsulation services for families around Adelaide and South Australia since 2012. As the Founder of Placenta Services Australia she has a strong interest in placenta encapsulation safety and research.
Hi Kelly! I haven't gotten around to messaging you yet to tell you how wonderful my placenta encapsulation is!
I absolutely love the box and thank you so much for such a quick turn-around!
I definitely feel like my pills have helped me have that extra energy boost and my milk supply is plentiful!
You do such a wonderful job and I can't help but sing my praises to those around me.
What some once thought was "disgusting" have been impressed and intrigued on my journey and now don't think so badly of it.
Keep being awesome and thankyou so much!
I'll definately keep you in my contacts for if we decide to have another in the future.
Many blessings x
You want the safest experience for your encapsulation don't you? I work hard to keep my equipment and encapsulation area clean and sanitised for you so here are some things you can do:
1. Take your own food safe zip-lock bags or clean food container for your care provider to store your placenta in after birth. Don't use the bags provided by the hospitals as you don't know where they have been or if they are food safe.
2. Ensure your placenta is put in the fridge asap after birth and definitely within 3 hours of birth. Don't forget to check the fridge is working - your placenta must be kept below 5 degrees celsius. If a fridge isn't available, you can use ice, but it will need to be checked and topped up regularly. Take your own esky incase the hospital won't store it for you.
3. Don't birth your placenta on the toilet - this is just asking for trouble if your placenta falls in. If you really can't move away from the throne while you're in labour land, get your care provider to slide a fresh towel under you and catch your placenta in a clean container. The same procedure can be done if your birthing "on land" - we all know poo happens during birth, it can't be helped =)
4. Make sure your partner/friend/birth support is well educated on keeping your placenta safe and hygienic. This way you don't have to worry about your placenta and can focus on you and your baby or on the rare occasion if you have a general anaesthetic and aren't awake.
5. If you want to look at your placenta and explore your baby's home up close, make sure you have washed your hands before touching it or have clean gloves on. See the video below for good handwashing technique
Remember, you are planning on consuming your placenta so look after it!
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Kelly Harper is the owner of Elemental Beginnings Doula & Placenta Services in Adelaide. She provides placenta encapsulation and doula services to families during pregnancy, birth and in their fourth trimester.