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Your placenta is perfectly made for you, by you! It is an amazing organ created to nourish baby in the womb and the postpartum mother. We are happy to help you re-discover the ancient rituals and traditions involving the placenta and help decide which best suits your family and living circumstances.
Have you ever wondered what’s actually in your placenta? It's a great question and the following is a list explaining just that:
Gonadotrophin – The precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
Prolactin – Promotes lactation
Oxytocin – For pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone – Boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
Cortisone – Combats stress and unlocks energy stores
Interferon – Stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
Prostaglandins – Anti-inflammatory
Hemoglobin – Replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII – Stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
Gammaglobulin – Immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
All of those things come together to bring on these amazing postpartum benefits:
Lessening the risk of postpartum hemorrhage and lessening the lochia phase.
Providing the hormones human placental lactogen and prolactin to assist with your milk coming in sooner and maintaining a healthy supply throughout your nursing relationship.
Replenishing iron lost from birth and preventing post-birth anemia.
Low iron levels can lead to depressive symptoms in a new mother.
Balancing out your hormone levels until the body is able to regulate on its own.
Providing natural pain relief from the labor and birthing process.
The placenta helps your uterus return to pre-pregnancy size.
Lending you a consistent flow of oxytocin (the bonding and euphoric hormone).
Replenishing your B-Vitamins and offering your body protein for energy.
Protection from infection due to retained placenta or bacteria in the uterus.
Placentas are best when they are fresh, within a couple days of the birth provided they have been refrigerated, but you can also thaw out and encapsulate a frozen placenta. There are two encapsulation methods to choose from: the traditional method (TM) and the raw start method. With both, the end result of the process is a jar full of capsules. Eden House Birth Services offer both the Traditional Method, also called The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method and the raw method.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine method is the most common method and is the oldest recipe we have for placenta encapsulation; it has been done the longest in Chinese culture. The signature of this method is the steaming step. It incorporates steam and warming herbs into the placenta preparation process, and the final result is warming, toning, and nourishing for the postpartum. The steaming process is believed to release beneficial properties in the placenta and make nutrients more easily absorbed by the digestive tract. Steaming should destroy any viruses or pathogens that may have been picked up on the placenta’s journey outside the body, making it safer for the mother to consume.
The raw start method skips the steaming step, but all other encapsulation steps are still followed.
Depending on the size of your placenta you will receive between 100-200 pills.
In addition to the medicinal uses, another way that we can bring back the tradition of honor and gratitude toward birth and the role of the placenta is to make artistically beautiful prints with it. I make your prints before I wash and prepare the placenta. They are printed with the natural placenta blood on acid-free artists paper. Some families frame them and display their prints as art or others choose to save them as personal keepsakes. The prints are unique imprints that display the size, shape and general appearance of the placenta and also remind us why the placenta is often referred to as "The Tree of Life."
Consuming part of your placenta in tincture form is another way to stretch out its longevity. A small portion of placenta is added to >100 proof alcohol and set to ferment for six weeks. This basic tincture can be used directly by the mother during times of transition, illness or stress after she has used all of her placenta capsules. Some of the benefits include hormone stabilization in your postpartum cycles, less bleeding during those cycles, energy and for menopause years down the road. The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition and emotional distress. The tincture can also be diluted in a bit of water and given to the child when he or she is getting sick or in a time of transition. It seems to bring the child back to a state of physical and emotional balance.
Placentas has long been known to have healing and restorative qualities for the skin. Several expensive anti-aging lotions and creams actually contain "sheep placenta extract" as their secret ingredient. I can create a natural and healing salve using some of your own placenta, custom made for your own use. Other ingredients include 100% organic beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, and essential oils. Placenta salve can be used for Cesarean and surgical scars, perineal tears, general healing skin care salve.