First I feel I need to say that I am not a placenta specialist expert, I have not undergone training, but did lots of research and asked fellow Doula’s who are specialists for advice before taking on the task of encapsulating a placenta. If I could have done this with my own children’s placenta’s I would have, it really was an amazing process to have the pleasure of doing.
I had the honour of supporting my sister though her fourth birth last month, it was one of the most amazing experiences life can offer, the love you have for someone explodes even more when you go though an expeience like this with them and this is the second birth of her’s I have had the pleaseure of supporting her through.
My sister allowed me the huge honour of encapsulating her son’s beautiful placenta. It was perfect, small and round, with the beautiful tree of life, cord and membranes attached. A magnificent life giving organ.
I kept it in her fridge until the following day when I was ready to begin the process of encapsulating it.
It is such an amazing job I wanted to share it in photographs for others to see, and to raise a little awareness for the natural process of consuming our placenta. Many human societies have consumed their placenta’s since time began (as do many animals), because they are full of nutrients and hormones vital in keeping you healthy after birth. It is proven that the mama’s who have consumed their placentas have reported a huge reduction in anemia, and post natal depression, and feel brighter and better able to cope with the transition to motherhood.
If you do not want to consume your placenta, you can still take it away and plant it under a tree as many cultures still do, in honour of the role it has played in growing your baby (or you can do both! Consume half and bury half!).
If you want to read more on placenta encapsulation or you would like to have your placenta encapsulated by a specialist you can look on the IPEN Placenta encapsulation site for someone in your area. http://www.placentaremediesnetwork.org.
There are also a lot of interesting articles and books on the role of the placenta in different cultures if you are interested in learning more.