It seems like we may be the only mammal species that does not routinely take advantage of the nutrients the placenta has to offer. My best friend's cat just had kittens, and as soon as each placenta was born, the mama kitty would eat it, even before the next kitten was born.  It gave her the energy to keep going with her labor and birthing. Probably much more effective than the honey we offer our clients when they are in labor!

The placenta's hormonal make-up is completely unique to each mother. No prescription, vitamin or herbal supplement can do what one placenta pill can. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been using placenta medicinally for thousands of years. One of the well-known TCM uses for placenta, or Zî hé chē, is to help with insufficient lactation.  A small study in 1954 seemed to point in that direction. More recent research has discovered that placentophagia could enhance pain tolerance by increasing the opium-like substances activated during childbirth. This would obviously be beneficial during the postpartum healing process. 

It has also been found to decrease mood disorders postpartum.  If you have a history of depression, PMS,  or family history of mood disorders, this may be something you would like to consider.  Also, if you have a history with anemia, placenta can help build your blood volume back up and it can decrease postpartum bleeding.

If you are interested in having your placenta prepared for you postpartum, please let us know. Available in capsules, powder and tincture form.  Many of our past clients have had their placenta encapsulated with amazing results!  Also, spread the word.  We open this service up to anyone interested, whether they are birthing at home or hospital.

For more information visit our Placenta Medicine page.

-Midwife Jenn