Sacred Placenta – Encapsulation in photographs (graphic).

 

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!).

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My nephews placenta seconds after birth.
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Laid out ready to examine and prepare. See that the outer amniotic sack membranes are still attached, as is the umbilical cord.  I washed it under running water, and wiped the kitchen surfaces using clinical wipes, I also wore rubber gloves, a mask, and plastic apron for infection control.
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Close up, the tree of life, the blood giving veins and arteries, and you can see the membrane and cord still attached.
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The membranes
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A close up of the umbilical cord
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I cut the cord from the placenta itself and created this heart to dehydtrate.
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Close up of the end that was attached to my nephew.
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The membrane and cord in the dehydrator ready to dry.

 

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Layers of sliced placenta, with the layer of cord and membrane. I rotated the layers to ensure efficient drying. They remained in here drying until they were brittle.
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Using a pestle and mortar I ground the placenta down by hand (this took four hours!), it was quite an amazing job.  I could have blended it but being an ancient sacred process I felt it was right to do it by hand.
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The capsules completed (this was a stock photo, not one I took but the pills look the same).
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The completely dried umbilical heart.

 

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.

 

 

 

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