Come on then... enlighten me: what is so special about my placenta?
*The placenta has long been thought of as a magical part of the creation of a baby. This incredible organ is uniquely designed for your baby and is an integral part of any pregnancy and birth. The placenta physically connects you to your unborn baby, providing essential oxygen, nutrients and vitamins. During and after birth women lose 1/8-1/10 of their blood supply from the bleeding wound left inside the uterus, where the placenta was attached during the pregnancy. Following careful, in-depth scientific study and research around the subject , supported by my own personal experience, I believe without a doubt, that the mammalian placenta was made to be consumed to make up for this loss, by giving the new mother essential fats, proteins, vast amounts of iron and essential hormones to heal wounds and aid the body in self recovery after birth.
I'm sorry, what did you say? I should eat my placenta?!
*Dried placenta powder was recognised as a potent medicine in Europe for centuries and used to treat and cure many ailments, mostly those surrounding birth. However since the late 19th century, most natural birthing methods have been replaced by modern birthing techniques, losing along the way many valuable traditions practiced for centuries. The benefits of consuming the placenta are, thankfully, being rediscovered and scientists are beginning to study placentophagy.
Today there is profound anecdotal evidence and scientific studies which suggest consuming the placenta can be just as beneficial for humans as it is for other mammals. Testimonials from clients reveal that consuming the placenta after birth may improve energy levels, increase milk production and slow or stop postpartum hemorrhaging, thus creating an overall healthier post-birth recovery. You will find links to the Research Library over on the Placenta Remedies Network (PRN) website.
In terms of postnatal recovery, will consuming my placenta help to ease the 'baby blues'...?
*The ‘baby blues’ are a known symptom of birth and mothers are told to expect to feel sad, anxious and very emotional around the third day after the birth, usually when the milk engorges the breasts. These symptoms can sometimes develop into post-natal depression. Studies have proven that the symptoms of post-natal depression are linked with the severe lack of essential nutrients such as vitamin B6 and hormone CRH (our stress reducer hormone), both which are of high supply in the placenta. Consuming the placenta in raw smoothies or in capsules is thought to nourish the mother, replacing lost essential nutrients and hormones following birth and may entirely prevent the ‘baby blues’ and post-natal depression.
Is it important that I try to deliver my Placenta naturally?
*Many hospitals/midwives offer an artificial hormone based injection called syntometrine to speed up the third stage of labour and the delivery of your placenta. This is done routinely when giving birth by caesarean section. If possible, delivering the placenta naturally is best for placenta encapsulation to prevent artificial hormones presenting in the blood and placental tissues. However, the syntometrine injection does not prevent you from benefiting from placenta encapsulation and nor do caesarean section births.
What types of Placenta Remedies are available?
*There are many types of Placenta Remedies which can be made from your placenta. These include: Simple (raw), or Steamed (TCM) Placenta Capsules; Placenta Smoothies; Placenta Essence - for mums and babies; Placenta Tincture - for mums; Homeopathic Placenta Remedies - for mums and babies; Placenta Balms, Creams and Face Oils. I also make Placenta Cord Keepsakes and Placenta Prints.
For more information about the remedies I offer, including prices, head over to my website.
This all sounds blimmin' marvellous! What do I need to do next?!
Request a booking form from me: your local PRN Placenta Remedies Specialist;
Aim to book your encapsulation at least 2 weeks, if not sooner before your due date;
Ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of service carefully, fill in and sign the booking form before returning it to me along with your payment, to secure your booking;
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email attachment including the ‘Appropriate Placenta Care’, ‘Placenta Container Label’ and the ‘Placenta Chilling Instructions’ documents. Please add these important documents to your birth wishes, to ensure the correct handling of your placenta after birth.
It would be an absolute honour to support you during this exciting time in your life. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I really look forward to hearing from you.
*Information provided by IPEN Placenta Network, Professional Training in Placenta Services, in partnership with Placenta Remedies Network.
All the love,
Your body, your baby, your birth
Helen Wright: Double Mama to two gorgeous little humans; Positive Birth Coach and Postnatal Revival Expert, is on a mission to support parents achieve the right births for them and their babies and help them to thrive in the precious postnatal period and beyond.Helen is an experienced KG Hypnobirthing Teacher, Positive Birth Coach and Creative Genius behind BirthWright Affirmation Cards; she's also a Certified Placenta Remedies Specialist with the Placenta Remedies Network, a Registered Breastfeeding Helper with the Breastfeeding Network and she co-hosts a monthly Family Meet Up & Support Group in the East End of London where she lives.For more info visit: www.BirthWright.co.uk and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.