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.