During and after you give birth, you will lose approx 1/10 of your blood supply. With a c- section, it can be significantly more. Losing a large amount of iron so quickly can cause anaemia, leaving you feeling exhausted. The blood needs high supplies of iron to carry oxygen to the cells. Low supplies of oxygen leave your cells starving and less able to heal after trauma. Placenta encapsulation will supply you with iron, amino acids and essential fats, which we believe is the perfect replenishment following the physical challenge of pregnancy, labour and birth. Stem cells and growth factors in the placenta play a key role in healing the wound left inside the uterus after birth by the separation of the placenta from the uterine wall. A mother will typically bleed for between 3 – 6 weeks after birth. We have found however that mothers who consume their placenta after birth, (particularly after consuming raw placenta in a smoothie-you can only taste the placenta, I promise!) bleed significantly less-Lighter bleeding for between just 5 – 10 days after giving birth.
The most important nutrients found in rich supply in the placenta include stem Cells and Growth Factors such as: Iron which is essential for oxygen absorption in the cells. Vitamin B6 which aids in the making of antibodies. Vitamin E which aids with the healing of damaged skin cells. The oxytocin hormone which is essential for birthing, bonding with your baby and breastfeeding. Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) which is responsible for reducing stress levels. Cytokines – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replace damaged cells and tissue.
Placenta remedies have been reported by mothers to:
1. Reduce post birth bleeding quickly
2. Encourage a quick and healthy milk supply
3. Balance hormonal peaks and drops
4. Reduce stress levels
5. Prevent the baby blues and postnatal depression
6. Boost energy
Prices for placenta encapsulation start from £180.
I will provide you with your chiller pack which you will take with you to the hospital (or have ready for your homebirth.) and a set of simple instructions for you and your midwife.
I am IPEN trained, so you can be sure that I will treat your placenta with the upmost respect and care. I hold all the relevant hygiene certificates needed. (available on request)
IPEN have a great website full of info that will answer many of your questions: www.placentaremediesnetwork.org