Doula Mae is educated in placenta encapsulation through International Placenta and Postpartum Association (IPPA). This blog will help describe what a placenta is, does, and why encapsulation may be of benefit to you. For further information on credentials or the techniques and procedures used during encapsulation, please ask the placenta specialist(s) you are interviewing or have chosen.
What is a placenta?
Your baby is formed from a sperm and egg cell, those cells will also form the placenta which will begin functioning between five and six weeks gestation. During pregnancy the placenta is attached to the inside of the womb and will end up weighing an average of one pound or 1/6 of the baby’s weight.
The placenta protects the baby from almost all bacteria by acting as a filter. It carries oxygen, antibodies, and other valuable nutrient sources to the unborn baby through the umbilical cord. It also carries waste products, such as carbon dioxide from the baby to the mother for proper disposal.
The placenta also works for the mother to help regulate hormones, glucose, and other important levels needed to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
What is placenta encapsulation?
Why should I encapsulate?
Humans are the only mammal that don’t regularly consume their placenta. Consuming your placenta, can be positively utilized after birth. It is rich in nutrients that can help you during your postpartum weeks.
The human placenta has an abundance of hormones, minerals, and elements that could be beneficial to those planning to consume their placenta. Here are the research articles:
Human placenta processed for encapsulation contains modest concentrations of 14 trace minerals and elements.
Hormones known to be in the placenta:
*Main hormones in the placenta: Oxytocin, POEF, and HPL
Presences and concentration of 17 hormones in human placenta processed for encapsulation and consumption.
Placenta consumption, including capsules, are not intended to treat, relieve, or prevent any symptoms, diseases, or ailments. Results may vary person to person.
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Samantha Martin is a professional doula and childbirth educator from Big Lake, MN. She comes from a loving family and is the oldest of six children. Although she has yet to start a family of her how she very much enjoys guiding expectant families through they're journey into parenthood.