Consumption of the placenta has been a long-standing tradition in cultures such as the Chinese and Vietnamese. Most mammals eat their own placentas after giving birth including dogs and goats. Placentas are full of nutrients and have a high iron content. Consuming the placenta raw after birth has been seen to stop hemorrhaging, as it signals to the body that the placenta has been delivered.
Other benefits include: - Reduction of postpartum depression - Increased effectiveness of mother-infant bonding - Replenishment of mother's nutrients - Supports lactation
Because the placental blood should most importantly be delivered to the baby first, before the cord is cut, I request that the placenta is left on 30 minutes after delivery of placenta. Most doctors clamp and cut the cord Immediately after the placenta is delivered. Delayed clamping in the medical system is considered 2-3 minutes delay. Please wait for 30 minutes before clamping and cutting. Talk with your provider about your needs.
- Decrease baby's liklihood of Jaundice - 60% increase in baby's red blood cell count - 30% increase in baby's blood supply - an additional 40 to 50 mg/kg of iron transfers to the newborn
The process begins when the placenta is delivered. Again, because the placenta blood is so crucial for the baby's health, I request that you wait at least 30 minutes before clamping the cord and cutting the placenta after delivery.
If I am attending your birth, I can pick up the placenta at the hospital. Otherwise, please bring a cooler for the placenta and put it in your fridge when you get home. I will pick it up within two days.
Raw Method The Process: Placenta is rinsed and placed in the dehydrator overnight. Once fully dried, placenta is powdered and then poured into capsules and placed in a jar. The jar must be refrigerated. Pills are taken 2-3 times a day until pills are gone.
Steamed Method (TCM) The Process: Placenta is rinsed, steamed on each side for 15 minutes and placed in the dehydrator overnight. Once fully dried, placenta is powdered and then poured into capsules and placed in a jar. The jar must be refrigerated. Pills are taken 2-3 times a day until pills are gone.
*Once the placenta is recieved, encapsulation takes about 4 days. You should recieve your pills within a week of your baby's birth.