Placenta Encapsulation

Why yes, I am consuming an organ that I delivered out of my lady parts. YUM.

Placenta ready to be sliced up!

Placenta, membranes and umbillical cord

A lot of people have asked me to blog about this process–so per request–here’s our experience with placenta encapsulation.

This time around I was extremely interested in the potential benefits of placenta encapsulation which include assisting in the rebalancing of hormones, fighting post-partum depression, replenishing depleted iron levels, reducing

Traditional portion steaming away

Traditional Steaming

bleeding, increasing milk production, increasing energy levels and aiding in the shrinking of the uterus.

So I set out to find a doula who was willing to complete the process in my home shortly after birth (yes, my home–I really wanted to get the full experience! Plus, something about them taking it away to do at their home mixed with my fear of hoarders made is necessary for it to be done in front of me–I have my limits!)  and found Lia Reilly of Mother Wisdom.  Lia came to my home with her own supplies and all I needed to provide was the placenta and a little bit of space.  Side note: My kitchen had no mess and I watched her use a gazillion pairs of

Slicing the steamed

Slicing the steamed

gloves to maintain sterility and avoid cross-contamination.  And Lia was awesome with educating me on the process and talking me through each step since I was basically breathing down her neck the entire time knowing that people would just be dying to know the ins and outs of the process! Continue reading