While placentophagy, or the consuming of a placenta, has been around for centuries, it is only in the last few decades that the practice of placenta encapsulation has really become popular here in America. Although we currently lack the evidence-based studies to prove the benefits of placenta ingestion, we do see loud and clear that in a 2013 self-reported study, 97% of respondents would consume their placentas after future pregnancies. What exactly is the placenta purported to do that makes people want to ingest it?

Potential benefits:

  • Balanced hormones
  • Increased energy
  • Enhanced breast milk production
  • Lower occurrence of postpartum depression
  • Reduction of postpartum pain
  • Faster recovery from birth

Why use PCD to encapsulate your placenta?

Currently there is no regulating body overseeing technicians who offer to prep a placenta for encapsulation. Because of this you can find people who are willing to pick your placenta up from the hospital, take it to their home, and deliver it to you. It might seem really convenient. However, how do you know you’re consuming your own placenta when it’s returned? What kind of training in sanitation does your encapsulator have? Has your placenta been handled with proper food handling guidelines? How has your placenta been protected from environmental contaminants in the encapsulator’s home?

At PCD we adhere to the industry’s highest safety standards. In addition to in-person training, we maintain current Bloodborne Pathogen certification, and are knowledgeable in basic food handling protocols. The method that we use includes steaming and dehydrating the placenta prior to grinding it, and placing it into capsules. Our preparation method is the best way to ensure that your placenta capsules are as sanitary and free from contaminants as possible.

The actual process of encapsulation only requires your Postpartum Placenta Specialist to be in your home for about 2 hours, 2 days in a row. We can do it with you home, or while you’re still in the hospital recovering. Nothing special needs to be done to get ready for us. We bring just about everything we need, we clean everything before and after use, and leave your home the way we found it. An additional benefit of having a Postpartum Placenta Specialist come to your home is that we are all trained Postpartum doulas. While we’re there, feel free to ask us anything that’s been on your mind about what’s happening in your postpartum life. In many cases your PPS would be more than happy to move a load of laundry into the dryer, or take care of your newborn while you take a hot shower. The benefits of in-home placenta encapsulation just keep on growing!