The placenta is truly remarkable—an amazing organ! It supports your baby in utero and is a mediator between the life flow of the mother and baby. Many believe that it also has great restorative power to assist you with your postpartum recovery. It contains many nutrients including iron, protein, vitamin B6, as well the hormone progesterone, which it produced and excreted during pregnancy. Just as it supported and nourished your baby, the placenta, when carefully prepared for consumption, nourishes the postpartum mother as well. It supports lactation and assists in the involution of the uterus to its non-pregnant size. It facilitates an easier postpartum recovery by increasing maternal energy and easing transitions.
The high hormone levels of pregnancy drop significantly by day 4-5 postpartum, and it is thought that this fluctuation is a key factor in the development of the “baby blues”. By reintroducing the hormones back into your system, many women find that they do not experience the symptoms of baby blues. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), placenta is used to fight fatigue which is one of the leading indicators of the development of postpartum depression. Since iron deficiency is linked to postpartum depression, replenishing your system with iron-rich placenta can help alleviate a major symptom of PPD.
I offer placenta encapsulation in keeping with the methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine. After you contact me to notify me of your birth, I will arrange for your placenta to be picked up within 24 hours. Your placenta will be treated with utmost care and respect. Your placenta will be cleaned, and prepared for steaming. After steaming, it will be dehydrated, ground up finely for encapsulation and then delivered back to you with storage and dosage recommendations.
Please contact me for further information. I would be honored to assist you in your postpartum rejuvenation and wish you smooth birth blessings.
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