How does it work
I will come to the hospital and get the placenta a few hours after the birth or the next morning if you delivered in the middle of the night. You let me know when you go into labor and when you have delivered.
I provide you with a disposable ice chest which you place the placenta in either in the container provided by the hospital or zip lock bags which the hospital staff or midwife places the placenta in. You do not need to handle the placenta. Add ice to the chest immediately which the hospital staff will provide or at home you have on hand.
There are two ways to prepare a placenta the first is to lightly steam it and then dehydrate it the second is to dehydrate it raw. Some people believe the steaming is safer as it would kill any bacteria and others prefer the raw because it does not destroy any nutrients in the placenta. After the placenta is born I advice and decide with you which way to process the placenta.
The placenta contains vitamins, minerals, iron, and hormones that help replenish the body. Once it is dehydrated I blend it and place it in capsules and then deliver it to your home with instructions on taking it. I also provide a tincture or salve made from the placenta. The placenta last for 6 months in the freezer. The tincture will last for years and women often use it during menopause to help with hormonal adjustment. The salve is very healing for tears and nipples.
REPORTED BENEFITS OF POSTPARTUM PLACENTAL CONSUMPTION
1. Alleviated postpartum bleeding
2. Enhanced uterine involution (uterus return to pre-pregnancy size)
3. Improved and accelerated healing and recovery
4. Reduced maternal postpartum pain
5. Prevention or treatment of anemia
6. Improved lactation
7. Facilitated bonding with newborn
8. Increased strength and vitality
9. Accelerated weight loss postpartum
10. Prevention and relief of headaches
11. Treatment and prevention of hypothyroidism
12. Replenishment and regulation of hormones
13. Improved quality of sleep
14. Increased libido
List Adapted from Jodi Selander, Allison Cantor, Sharon M. Young & Daniel C. Benyshek: “Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption.” Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 52:2, 2013, pp 93-115.