We may not necessarily be able to control the circumstances of our baby’s birth, but an empowered birth is possible under any circumstances. Found two articles which will resonate with all Super-Woman undergoing their journey of pregnancy & birth…
A growing number of hospitals are offering a “gentle” C-section. Here is a short intro on how this procedure differs from a traditional C-section -a wonderful option to consider if a natural birth isn’t an option for you read more
In addition, feel it is most important to add that the Golden/Sacred 1-2hrs straight after birth should be cherished, honoured & protected -not interrupted unless for medical reasons. Skin-to-skin allows for a time of adjustment to life outside of the womb in the loving arms of Mommy & Daddy, as well as so many other benefits:
• Baby’s heart rate stabilisers
• Warms the baby
• Baby feels secure
• Breathing stabilisers
• Easy access for breastfeeding
• Hears Mom’s heart beat
• Oxygen saturation stabilises
• Healthy microbiome formation
• Decrease in stress hormones
• Increases glucose levels (reducing hypoglycaemia)
• Regulates blood pressure
• Decreases crying & increases quiet alert state
• Increases relaxation
“For me, it was like taking a megadose of iron, except in this case, the iron was generated by me, in my very own miraculous human body! What could be better?”
Encapsulation of the placenta is a process by which the placenta is dehydrated, powdered, popped into gel capsules and then returned to the mum. To eat. Down the hatch in one go with a big gulp of water. Now I don’t know about you, but for me a gel capsule sure sounded a lot more palatable than a fry up. But what reasons would there be to eat your placenta?
The placenta is a rich source of nutrients, hormones and all the goodies needed to create and sustain life. It is a package of goodness, tailor-made by your body for your baby. So, when you think about it, it makes sense that once it’s done its job, it can be returned to your body. Humans are one of the only mammals that do not eat their placenta after the birth of a baby, and while some people may disagree with me, animals are smart. They have instincts and inbuilt knowledge that we have diluted over the centuries in ourselves.
A helpful anecdote of a new mom’s encapsulation experience…
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Good working with Baby’s and Beyond to debunk giving after-birth more than just an after thought. Check out the article at www.babysandbeyond.co.za ->
With big pharmaceuticals spouting negative fragments, in an effort to discredit a practice that only seeks to represent the natural benefits of a life-giving organ, it is about time that us professionals clarify some of the misleading information:
- Placenta encapsulation is NOT cannibalism, so please stop claiming that!
- Testing Positive for Group B Strep (GBS +) does NOT mean your baby will get sick!
- The placenta is NOT a waste organ, but a facilitator organ, so stop calling it “medical waste”.
- So if there are so many benefits, why are there so many articles saying “DON’T do it”?
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I have had several requests for commentary on what has been a hotly-debated blog post. This response is the most solid I have come across & well worth a read if you are looking to delve deeper into this whole concept…
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The least-understood organ
From a purely physiological standpoint, the placenta is fascinating. It is the only transient organ in the body ― meaning it develops in a woman’s uterus during pregnancy and is expelled during the final stage of child birth ― and a true workhorse. The placenta provides the growing fetus with all of the oxygen and nutrients it needs, removes waste, provides a barrier against viruses and bacteria and passes along crucial antibodies that help keep new babies safe after they leave the womb.
Not just for hippie moms
Though the first documented cases of human placentophagy in the United States were among postpartum women living on communes in the 1970s. the women who do it today aren’t necessarily crunchy or natural birth evangelists, nor are they all Kardashians. Many say they’re otherwise mainstream moms who are simply looking to maximize their chances of getting through the grueling postpartum period with their mental and emotional health relatively intact.
Megan, a 33-year-old registered nurse and mother of two, ordered placenta pills after her second child was born. She’d heard about placenta encapsulation through her work as well as in a hospital. She does not fit a “granola” stereotype; she was simply looking for ways to prevent the severe postpartum depression she’d undergone with her first baby. “As far as the gross-out factor, the pills tasted like a big old nothing ― just like any bland gelatin capsule”. But the effects she credits to her placenta were not nothing ― even if she can’t point to a large, double-blind trial to back her up. “There was such an unbelievable difference my second time, in bonding, my mental clarity, my energy and healing ― just the entire experience. The biggest difference [between the two times] was encapsulating,”
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Note: Recently, the Centers for Disease Control ― the federal agency tasked with tackling the world’s biggest health threats, like Ebola and heart disease ― focused its sights on a decidedly more niche topic: placenta pills. I found this article to be a nicely balanced and referenced re. the CDC report…
The CDC released a case study on a newborn who had a recurrent GBS infection after the mother had her placenta encapsulated. It has left a lot of people asking…
Can my placenta capsules make my baby sick?
The short answer is: probably not. A well-trained placenta arts specialist will make sure that your placenta is prepared safely for consumption, unfortunately, it seems that this specialist may not have done so. The placenta and the birth should have been assessed to see if it was fit for consumption and then the placenta should have been properly prepared. A maternal or infant infection at or immediately after delivery indicates that an active infection was present. The mother should have been counseled against encapsulation initially. The second major issue, in this case, is that proper food safety protocols may not have been followed. This likely led to the capsules containing GBS bacteria and potentially causing reinfection.
We know that proper steaming and dehydration temperatures will drastically reduce microbial counts thanks to research from Jena University, so even in the case of GBS colonization (not infection), we can confidently say that properly prepared placenta capsules will be safe for consumption.
The mode of the recurrence, in this case, is speculated to be due to the placenta capsules, however, it is impossible to know if that is the case. GBS infections do have a low incidence of recurrence in infants (0.4% to 0.9%). This recurrence has been speculated to be due to exposure to colonized family members or colonized mucous membranes.
In short, this is a case to take seriously, but it is a single case. Read further for more detail…
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Placenta Encapsulation Pros -studies & anecdotes
- Placenta encapsulation has been around for many years and before that, the placenta was consumed in other ways, it is not a new trend
- Placenta encapsulation boosts your protein intake which can help give you energy
- Placenta encapsulation provides 24% of your daily iron
- Placenta encapsulation provides a steady stream of oxytocin
- Placenta encapsulation can help you avoid postpartum depression
- Placenta encapsulation can help shorten the time you feel baby blues
- Placenta encapsulation provides much needed hormones that your body created
- All nutrients and hormones ingested from placenta encapsulation are more easily absorbed by your body than synthetic store bought nutrients and hormones.
- Placenta encapsulation is performed by a trained specialist
- Placenta encapsulation can increase breast milk production
- Placenta encapsulation can reduce your pain level and help avoid prescription or over the counter pain medication
- Placenta encapsulation honors your body’s amazing ability to grow life within you
- Placenta encapsulation can help ease your transition back into menstruation
- Placenta encapsulation can help your body heal faster and prevent infection
- Placenta encapsulation is nourishing comfort for your body during a time of incredible healing and changes
Placenta Encapsulation Cons
- Unpleasant smell or taste 7%
- A headache 4%
- Too much milk supply, in which case you can lower your dosage
- Unfavorable shift in moods, in which case you can change your dosage until moods are balanced
Possible Risks with Placenta Encapsulation
- Contamination of bacteria at hospital from improper handling
- Contamination of bacteria from improper storage
- Contamination from the kitchen where processed if the specialist is not properly trained on sanitization protocols
- Bacterial growth if improperly processed/not dehydrated correctly
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