Placenta Encapsulation

What is Placenta Encapsulation?

Placental encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. Traditionally, this is taken by the mother and is believed to impart numerous health benefits.

Richmond Birth and Baby is pleased to partner

with Abbey O'Toole to offer Placenta Encapsulation.  

$300 will include the preparation of capsules and a tincture.

For more information on the procedure or contract, please click here.

What are the benefits?

There is little scientific research available regarding placental encapsulation and consumption and its benefits. Tradition and holistic medical customs embrace a number of potential advantages which come from ingesting the placenta.  Among these possible benefits are:

  • Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant

  • Increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone

  • A decrease in postpartum depression levels

  • Restoration of iron levels in the blood

  • Increase in milk production

 

Is it safe?

Placental encapsulation appears to carry no inherent risk if ingested solely by the mother. Some mothers have reported experiencing negative symptoms such as dizziness or jitteriness after taking the pills. Again, most of the information regarding this practice is amassed from anecdotes, and not from research. 

Sources:

https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/first-year-of-life/placental-encapsulation-9070/

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/12/27/791556565/opinion-placenta-eating-went-mainstream-when-many-doctors-stopped-listening

https://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/postpartum-health-and-care/placenta-encapsulation/

https://safebirthproject.com/placental-encapsulation/