What do you know about placenta encapsulation? This is something I’d heard of before but I never really understood what it meant and why people did it.
Ariel Ewefada and I met through Instagram and I was immediately drawn to her beautiful family and her stories regarding what she did as a doula, placenta encapsulator and lactation consultant. I started watching her stories and saw her continue to mention that she was bringing placenta encapsulated to her clients. I figured if I was curious about educating myself, I knew others would be too so I contacted Ariel and asked if she would graciously write up a blog post for me to share regarding everything placenta encapsulation. She was honored and willing to do so. After reading this amazing blog I wish I would have known earlier all about this because I would have definitely given it a try after my births.
Placenta – a powerful and beautiful organ
Some people call it their happy pills but what really is the deal with people consuming their placenta? Some call it a recent fad, but the process of consuming human placenta has been documented in history as early as the 1500s in Traditional Chinese Medicine for it’s healing and medicinal benefits. Today, I would like to invite you to learn more about this powerful and beautiful organ. If you’ve birthed a child, you probably already know a little bit about the amazing placenta. It’s a separate temporary organ attached to your uterus that grows in relation to your baby while you’re pregnant. Typically the bigger the baby, the bigger the placenta. It nourishes and sustains life which is why so many birth workers, upon seeing the intricate details of the vessels, fondly call it the tree of life. In fact, one of my favorite things to gift families is a forever keepsake of a dehydrated umbilical cord shaped into a heart – a simple reminder of how two humans were once connected. The placenta contains various pregnancy hormones, iron, potassium, protein and other minerals.