Every person's reasons for choosing to encapsulate their placenta are different.
It might be that they've heard about it from a friend or in the media and think it sounds like something they're happy to try.
Perhaps they suffered from Postnatal Depression after their last pregnancy and are willing to try everything to avoid a repeat experience.
Some women wish to honour the placenta and complete a full circle journey.
Whatever the reason, they are all equally valid and unique, just as your placenta is.
One of my clients, Kirsty, talks about her reasons and what she experienced from taking her placenta capsules.
I had my first baby in a rural hospital, so I didn’t get to keep my placenta, it wasn’t even an option (or so I thought), and within days of delivery I was slipping into post natal depression. For my second, and last, baby I knew I had this opportunity. The idea of having another placenta literally thrown in the bin was heart breaking for me, and PND is the darkest place I’ve ever been, I would do anything to not experience that again. I can’t say that my capsules alone stopped post natal depression this time, but it helped me form a bond with my midwives who helped me basically smuggle my placenta out of the hospital in a bucket, it made me feel strong, proud, and powerful to be able to bring it home and decide what happened with the parts of mine and my baby’s body. It made me feel like a strong mama bear, using what my body had given me to aid my recovery.
Tammy's Birth At Home
After days of niggles and contractions coming and going, Tammy called me around 8:30 at night to let me know her waters had broken. We had a chat on the phone and as things were still early, we agreed I would call her back in about an hour to see how things were moving. After our second chat, we decided I would head up there as she has a history of quick births and her house was a 40 minute drive away. I grabbed my doula bag and hopped in the car.
I was greeted at the door by her hubby and headed inside to find everyone casually chatting on the couch watching TV. After a shower and nice long back massage, things were progressing quite nicely for Tammy so she headed into their spa bath where her precious baby girl arrived just after 1am.
The way Tammy inwardly focused herself and headed off into her "labour land" was amazing to be part of and reminded me a lot of myself. Interesting in itself as obviously you can't watch yourself give birth as a third party. As always, I learnt a lot from the independent midwives she had hired to support her; the way they encouraged her through the hard peaks, cheered her accomplishments and just let birth be.
Things that will stay with me from this birth: Tammy rocking her birth like a boss, big sister's tears of happiness and watching a man become a father for the first time. Thank you x
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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
I have used the capsules for my last two births and wish that I knew about it for my first two. The experience was so much more enjoyable because I felt better in myself using the capsules. I felt alive (so to speak) I wasn't tired and was able to function like a normal human being. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone, I wasn't lucky enough for it to have any impact on milk supply and I have struggled with all four with supply issues. I know that the initial outlay may seem like a lot when you have all of the other stuff you need for a baby but this should be on the top to make your time easier and feel better as they grow so quickly so you want to enjoy every single bit!
Jodi - Mum of Four
Are scientists skeptical about placenta encapsulation?
"Kelly, I must admit as a Medical Scientist I was a little skeptical of PE before I decided to go on this journey. As you are aware, there is no objective evidence on placenta consumption (how on earth could you do a clinical trial anyway?!) and only subjective opinions exist (which count for something, so I don't know why the literature keeps disregarding people's overwhelmingly positive personal experiences). However, after chatting with my husband about it, he said there are lots of possible pros, so other than cost, what's a con?! And as I couldn't think of any, I decided to give it a go. The first few days I was a little grossed out about eating something that was a part of me, and still gag a little if I don't swallow quickly enough and can taste the placenta (possibly because I take them in the morning). However, I have been absolutely amazed with the results and am now a full convert! I spruik PE at all of my mother's groups, to my health professionals and basically anyone who cares to listen to me. I have a strong family history of mental illness including PND and have always suffered from general lethargy and low immunity but since the birth of my baby, I have never felt more energetic in my life (and this is despite breastfeeding him for the first 8 weeks every hour to hour and a half all through the day and night). I attribute my increased energy, great milk supply, calmness, quick weight loss (-20kgs back to pre-pregnancy weight at 10 weeks PP), reduced blood loss (stopped at 3 weeks) and reduced anxiety and general happiness to the consumption of my placenta. The change in my mood is so apparent that family members have even commented. I will most definitely do it again if I am blessed with subsequent children. I can't thank you enough for giving me the opportunity. xo" ~ Lara, Adelaide Mum
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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.