Placentophagy & Encapsulation

Total costs of encapsulation process, pick up, delivery, and on call 24 hours a day/night is $250.00. For specific questions, logistics, or to review the contract please email. A phone interview/conversation will take place prior to hire, and an intake form is required for you to be accepted for services.

What is placentophagia?

Giving…placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will …reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy and relieve postpartum blues.” (Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352.)

Placentophagia is the process of a new mother consuming her placenta postpartum by either eating the placenta raw, cooked, in capsule form or drinking the juices from the placenta once it is cooked. This is not an issue for vegan mothers because nothing was harmed to bring about the organ meat for consumption.

Some of the things the placenta can potentially help with:

  • Preventing and lessening the risk of postpartum depression or ‘baby blues’

  • Replenishing your iron from blood loss during birth and to prevent post birth anemia 

  • Lending you a consistent flow of oxytocin long after your birth euphoria ends

  • Providing the HPL hormone to help establish early and healthy milk supply

  • To stabilize your ever changing hormones post birth

  • To replenish your B vitamins and energy that were used during the labor and birthing process

  • Protection from infection and bleeding due to retained placenta tissue or membranes

  • Offer natural pain relief from the labor and birth of the baby

Hormones Known to be in the Placenta:
The placenta is composed of beneficial hormones, chemicals, iron, and proteins. These healing substances include:

  • Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Contributes to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping; decreases depression; normalizes and stimulates libido.

  • Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct.

  • Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex.

  • Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being.

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy and supports recovery from stressful events.

  • Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Low levels of CRH are implicated in postpartum depression. Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression.

  • Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing.

  • Interferon: Triggers the protective defenses of the immune system to fight infection.

  • Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size. Anti-inflammatory effects.

  • Iron: Replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia, a common postpartum condition. Increases energy; decreases fatigue and depression.

  • Hemoglobin: Oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.

  • Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.

  • Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Antibody molecules which support the immune system.

  • Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): This hormone has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for lactation in the mother. It also regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels.



 

Degrees, certifications, and volunteerism

US ARMY-Administriave Specialist

Santa Barbara City College-A.A. Social & Behavioral Science

Santa Barbara City College-Emergency Medical Technician certification

CPR/First Aid-Red Cross

Bloodbornthe Pathogen-OSHA

Placenta Benefits Inc.-Placenta Specialist certification

Carriage House Birth-Doula certification, advanced doula extension

Co-leader for International Cesarean Awareness Network for Santa Barbara chapter

Admin for Santa Barbara Birthkeepers