This is proving to be more and more popular and with good reason. In Chinese medicine, however, the practice of consuming your placenta post-partum is nothing new. Although it doesn’t sound like a normal thing to do, the birth process is not exactly a common or garden activity, as any mother will tell you.
What are the benefits of consuming the placenta?
- Increases release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size.
- Increase in Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH), a stress-reducing hormone
- Decrease in post-partum depression levels
- Restoration of iron levels in the blood
- Increase in milk production
- Increase in nutrient density of milk for baby - helps boost immune system early on
How Do You Do It?
First of all you have to make sure that your hospital will allow you to take the placenta. Some will let you sign a waiver as long as you have the correct transport method, others will denounce the placenta as bio-hazardous waste and not let you take it at all. It pays to be prepared and so make sure that everyone is aware of your needs before hand, and even get signatures to prove it.
Bring two two gallon Ziploc bags and a small cooler with ice packs to transport the placenta. If you freeze it, allow it 24 hours to defrost in the fridge before preparation.
My preferred method is by using a dehydrator. Beg, borrow or buy one of these - it doesn’t have to be expensive, and some parchment paper at the same time.
Take the defrosted placenta and put it in your blender. Run the blender until the placenta is nice and mushy - you don’t have to run it for too long; less than a minute is good.
With a spatula, spread the placenta onto the parchment paper and place in the dehydrator on one of the shelves.
I prefer to use a setting of 110 degrees for 10 hours. If the placenta is spread thinly enough, 8 hours can suffice.
When it is thoroughly dry, put the placenta in a coffee grinder or your blender and pulverize.
Put into capsules using an encapsulation kit (Amazon) or by hand - make sure you are wearing some non-latex protective gloves.
For an average woman I would start with 3 capsules three times a day. If that is fine, up it to four times a day and if that is fine, up it to four caps four times a day, making a total of sixteen caps a day. You should be able to get between 100 and 200 capsules out of the placenta, and if your math sucks, at optimal dosage, that is enough for 6 - 12 days.