You can aid your body in having a happy postpartum period by doing what nearly every mammal does after birth, ingesting your placenta back into your body. Placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, has been reported for decades to help curb the baby blues, diminish postpartum fatigue and increase milk supply.
Eighty percent of women experience some sort of postnatal mood disorder, the mildest of which is called the “baby blues”. Symptoms of the baby blues include weepiness, sadness and anxiety, and these negative emotions can last for the first several weeks of the new baby’s life. With one more step towards your wellness, the majority of women can avoid the baby blues.
There are a couple of ways to do this:
- have it steamed, dehydrated, ground and encapsulated by me
- ingest some in a smoothie or cooked soon after birth
- ingesting a piece after the birth and then have the rest made into capsules
Although current research on human placentophagy does not exist, what we do know is that women who take placenta capsules report fewer emotional issues, have more energy and tend to enjoy a faster, more pleasant postpartum recovery. The first few days and weeks with your new baby are precious. Give yourself the best chance to fully enjoy your “babymoon.”
Making it into placenta medicine.
I use a Chinese preparation method which entails first gently steaming it. I then dehydrate it and grind it so that I can capsulate it for easier ingestion. I will dry the umbilical cord at the same time. Some keep this as a funky keepsake, others will use it in the future at the child’s coming of age ceremony. I can make it into a spiral or a heart, let me know your preference.
Here is what you can do to be ready:
- Make sure that taking your placenta with you is a part of your birth plan, if having a hospital birth.
- Please let your Midwife know your wishes, if having a homebirth.
- Email me with your:
- address if you want LOCAL pick up and delivery
- phone number
- Expected due date
- if you would like your babies umbilical cord dried into a spiral
- if you want a print of your placenta on water color paper
- if you have any questions you can add those too.
My email is NicholeDMidwife@gmail.com
- You can put the payment and two ziplock style bags and a cooler with your birth bags if you plan to give birth in the hospital or birth center and with your birth kit for those planning a homebirth.
Have someone call me or text me when the baby has been born (DURING WAKING HOURS) to make arrangements for me to get the placenta and a $200 payment for the encapsulation process, and if you wish for LOCAL pick-up and delivery it’s $20/each way. Have someone at the birth place it into a ziplock baggie or Tupperware container, and put it on ice. Either in a cooler or refrigerator.
- $200 for processing the placenta, drop-off and pick-up @ 8590 N 39th Street Longmont, CO 80503
(5 miles North of Boulder on Hwy 36)
- $20 each way for local pick-up and delivery
- I accept cash, checks and credit cards
- Checks payable to Nichole Didelot
The placenta will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator, otherwise put it in the freezer. I will do my best to return it to you within a few days, with directions on how and when to take it. If you had a difficult birth (very long, blood loss, etc) please let me know and I will try to get it to you within 24 hours.
I hope to help every woman blossom into a mom. By using the wisdom and nutrients that mother nature intended, this transformation can be one of joy.
Some call them “Happy Momma Pills,” and as the old saying goes, “if momma ainʼt happy, ainʼt nobody happy.”
Jodi Selander, Founder/Director of Placenta Benefits, discusses the benefits of placenta for postpartum recovery.