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Placenta Encapsulation

“Human placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, is defined as “the ingestion of a human placenta postpartum, at any time, by any person, either in raw or altered (e.g., cooked, dried, steeped in liquid) form” - Human placentophagy – Wikipedia

The art of placenta encapsulation & act of placentophagy is quickly becoming a mainstream occurrence in today's society. Numerous mama's around the world are reaching out to educate and research the role the placenta plays for themselves and others during the postpartum period. Studies are now being explored due to the rising interest by women and preliminary evidence has been found to show placentas to contain significant iron stores and relevant hormone levels. Whilst these findings are very exciting, we have to ask ourselves this common sense question: “Why are we the only mammals on the planet to not consume our placenta?”

Traditional Chinese Medicine Method (TCM)

I follow the TCM method of placenta encapsulation. TCM is the preparation & processing of the placenta by way of gently steaming (. It is then dehydrated and ground to a powder form to be placed into gelatin capsules for ingestion by the postpartum mama.

It is said in some cultures that this process brings sacred balance to the woman by way of bringing back the warmth to the energy of the placenta by steaming it to then compliment the cooler energy of the now empty womb.

The historical intention of this process is to return back to the mama all the nutrients, hormones, iron & proteins retained in the placenta after birth. In turn helping in the restoration of the mama's emotional and physical state of equilibrium. It is believed by many to possibly reduce the risk of "baby blues" and or "ppd". To increase milk production, a reduction in postpartum fatigue, even a reduction in healing time. Women who are embracing placentophagy are more or less reporting a general feeling of wellness or good health during the postpartum period.


Benefits include:

  • Faster physical recovery

  • Reduced postpartum bleeding

  • Improved mental health and wellbeing (decreased chance of post-natal depression)

  • Improved milk supply

  • Higher levels of iron

  • Improved energy levels despite experiencing broken sleep

  • Reduced postpartum hair loss

  • Increased immune system

Hormones known to be in the placenta:

  • Oxytocin – the ‘feel good’ hormone, creates feelings of bonding, happiness, and pain relief

  • Cortisone – eases stress and unlocks the body’s energy stores

  • Interferon – stimulates the immune system to help fight off infection

  • Prostaglandins – acts as an anti-inflammatory

  • Haemoglobin – replenishes iron, stimulates iron production in the blood

  • Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor xiii – lessens bleeding and promotes faster healing

  • Prolactin – stimulates and promotes healthy lactation.

For further information, booking enquires and questions please contact me at sharon.birthbyyou@gmail or 0423 012 085

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