Are You “Placenta Curious”?

Amy Lewis is a doula, childbirth educator and in charge of Buddha Belly’s placenta services

Amy Lewis is a doula, childbirth educator and in charge of Buddha Belly’s placenta services

What is placenta encapsulation? Why would anyone do this? What exactly does the process entail? Is this a new thing? Who can do it?

Many people - expecting or not! - are curious about placenta encapsulation.  Join Amy Lewis, postpartum placenta specialist, at the March 18, 2017 Tampa Birth and Baby Expo to learn the answers to these questions and more!

Some Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation

While this unfortunately isn’t an area where any clinical studies have been conducted, women who have done this report a variety of benefits, including: Feeling better faster, improved healing, increased milk production and more. Most women say they choose it to get back to feeling like themselves quicker.

Quick Facts about Placenta Encapsulation:

  • Humans are one of only a few mammals with placentas that don’t routinely ingest it immediately after giving birth.
  • Dried and ground placenta has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for a very long time, although not exclusively for postpartum moms.
  • Placenta encapsulation can be done whether baby is born vaginally or by c-section.

What is the process like?

The process itself is actually quite simple: the placenta is dried, ground into powder, and put into capsules. This makes it easier to consume - and much more palatable - for most humans. 

As a postpartum placenta specialist, Amy recommends choosing a professional to perform this service - while she believes placenta encapsulation is completely natural, the handling and processing of it isn’t without risks - from blood-borne pathogens to contamination.

If you are interested in learning more about why many women are choosing placenta encapsulation as part of their postpartum recovery and how the process works, please register to attend this session at 2:30 pm on March 18, 2017.