What exactly are the benefits of placenta encapsulation? You may have spoken with a friend or family member who has taken advantage of placenta encapsulation and said it was incredibly beneficial for them. I have had several doula clients who have said they felt their placenta pills made a world of a difference in their recovery after birth! From a faster postpartum recovery to increased milk supply, read more about the benefits of taking encapsulated placenta pills in this blog.
Placenta encapsulation is a form of placentophagy which is the ingestion of raw or processed placenta (Marraccini). For this particular type of placentophagy, a placenta arts specialist carefully cleans, dehydrates, and processes a client’s placenta into pills that they can take during their postpartum journey. When a trained specialist prepares and encapsulates a placenta, “the commonly used protocols for preparation of placenta for its individual oral ingestion reduce hormone concentrations and bacterial contamination.” (Johnson) This practice is gaining more and more mainstream attention because it may have numerous benefits for women and postpartum persons during their postpartum recovery.
Those who plan on giving birth and who do not have a viral or bacterial infection can potentially benefit from taking encapsulated placenta pills. If you feel anxious about potentially experiencing postpartum depression or postpartum fatigue, taking encapsulate placenta pills may be a beneficial part of your postpartum support plan along with counseling and support from a trained therapist, postpartum doula, and friends/family.
If you would like to build a strong milk supply, placenta pills may help boost your supply.
If you live in Oklahoma and would like to have your placenta encapsulated, please book your placenta services by clicking the button below. If you live outside of Oklahoma, please find a trained placenta arts specialist who can safely prepare your placenta and placenta pills.
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Jenni Jenkins – Sekine is an Oklahoma City Bereavement, Birth, & Postpartum doula and Child Birth Educator who serves her Central Oklahoma community. She is also a midwifery assistant with Holistic Birthing Services and began her journey as a student midwife with the Midwives College of Utah in 2022.
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