Placentophagy and Placenta Encapsulation by Debra Woods


Posted on November 24, 2014



My first guest blog post by the awesome Debra Woods. Enjoy!

PLACENTOPHAGY AND PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

Placentophagy is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after birth.

Placenta Encapsulation is the process of preparing placenta into capsules for ingestion.

The practice of eating placenta is not new. In fact, all mammals, with the exception of marine mammals eat their placenta. For thousands of years Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors have used placenta as an ingredient in certain remedies to treat patients with lowered energy (chi), blood disorders, infertility and other conditions. TCM uses placenta to aid in good lactation.

Placenta is akin to a restorative postpartum tonic. Research shows fatigue to be a contributing factor for postpartum depression. By taking one’s own placenta, the increased iron stores lead to having more energy, therefore lowering risk for PPD (postpartum depression). Replenishing depleted iron is good news also for women who have experienced anemia during pregnancy or had heavy blood loss during the birth.

Placenta contains pregnancy hormones, so taking it in capsule form helps to soften the typical sharp drop that occurs around day 4 postpartum, when those hormones stop functioning. Mothers (with a previous pregnancy) who experienced PPD or a mood disorder could especially benefit from taking their placenta.

As a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist I receive numerous testimonials from mothers who consumed their placenta. These anecdotal stories are very encouraging. This is such a natural way to support postpartum recovery. Perhaps we humans CAN learn something from other mammals!

I hope this brief introduction to placentophagy and placenta encapsulation is inspiring. Having encapsulated many mothers’ placentas, hearing how they benefit from them AND they recommend it to other mothers is an inspiration to me! I will continue to document their stories and carry on an age old practice that is gaining renewed recognition.

If you wish to learn more about the preparation process or are interested in my placenta encapsulation services, please go to my website: dakinidoula.com/placenta-encapsulation

Thank you. Debra Woods


About Brittney Kirton IBCLC, RHN

About Life Stages Feeding

I had two passions growing up: health and wellness, and working with children. In 2007, I started studies at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. CSNN helped me develop a wide base knowledge on many dietary issues though my interest and experience lies in working with pre and post natal clients, infant and childhood nutrition, and those suffering from allergic, inflammatory, and digestive conditions.

While I enjoyed clinical practice as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I missed working closely with children, especially infants. In 2008 I was introduced to a Postpartum Doula and was intrigued by the support they offered and knew I wanted to combine practices. In order to support new mothers further, I enrolled in The Breastfeeding Course for Healthcare Practitioners offered at Douglas College. This program inspired me to take her studies in Breastfeeding further. Six months later, I relocated to the United States to attend the University of California San Diego Lactation Consultant Program. I completed my studies and received the designation of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011.

I strive to provide my clients with current, fact-based feeding and nutrition advice for each and every Life Stage.

Brittney Kirton IBCLC, RHN

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Lactation Consultant

What is a Lactation Consultant?
TThe International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care.

IBCLCs have passed a rigorous examination that demonstrates the ability to provide knowledgeable, comprehensive lactation and breastfeeding care. Attainment of the IBCLC credential signifies that the practitioner has demonstrated knowledge to:

  • Work together with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems
  • Collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive care that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding
  • Encourage a social environment that supports breastfeeding families
  • Educate families, health professionals and policy makers about the far-reaching and long-lasting value of breastfeeding as a global public health imperative.

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What can an IBCLC help with:

  • Assistance with breastfeeding positions and latch techniques
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  • Infant feeding and supplementation plans
  • Management of breast and nipple issues (nipple pain, engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis)
  • Strategies for increasing and decreasing milk production
  • Strategies for weaning and introduction to solids foods
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  • Nutrition advice for breastfeeding mothers
  • Inducting lactation and relactation
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  • And much more

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Registred Holistic Nutritionist

A Holistic Nutritionist is someone who uses food as a means for preventing disease and working to reduce the symptoms of disease by ensuring the body is receiving enough nutrients in order to heal itself. Holistic Nutrition bases itself around the principles of allowing food be your medicine. This is achieved through a diet rich in natural whole foods, supplementation, and lifestyle changes.

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Initial Clinic Consultation Package
This includes 2 separate consultations: (first visit 45 minutes) (second visit 30 minutes) The first visit includes assessment and information gathering to put together diets, meal plans, etc.
The second visit is to provide the client with this information 2 weeks of email / telephone support is also included $150.00
Nutrition Consultations (no meal plans) and Subsequent Consultations (45 minutes) $75.00

Holistic Nutritional Consulting is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease. If you believe you may have a health condition, see a medical or naturopathic doctor.

Postpartum Doula

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.

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Articles

Placentophagy and Placenta Encapsulation

by Debra Woods

Placentophagy is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after birth.

Placenta Encapsulation is the process of preparing placenta into capsules for ingestion.

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