The power in the placenta! Many women around the world have already realized the power in their own placenta. For centuries, the placenta has been revered for it’s symbolism of life. In some cultures such as Vietnam and China, the placenta is viewed as a life-giving force and is dried and added to certain placenta recipes in order to increase a person’s energy and vitality. In Indonesia, the placenta is seen as the baby’s twin or elder sibling and is perceived as the baby’s guardian throughout life. It is the father’s responsibility to clean, wrap, and bury the placenta on the day of the birth. Filipina mothers are known to bury the placenta with books, in hopes of a smart child. In western medicine however, the placenta is regarded as mere human waste. In fact, humans are the only mammals that do not routinely consume their placenta.

The tides are changing and modern medicine has now proven some of the benefits that mothers have know for ages. There’s POWER in that placenta! Some of the benefits to consuming your own placenta are:

Preventing and lessening the risk of postpartum depression – Hormonal fluctuations looked at in direct research with postpartum depression has shown that the placenta contains hormones to assist in treating and preventing this disorder. During the pregnancy the placenta produces stress fighting hormones. Once the placenta is no longer present, it can take months for the brain and body to level out the hormones. During this time, the instability can cause depressive symptoms. By ingesting the placenta after birth, the mother is reintroducing these vital hormones to her body, until her brain signals its own production and can level it out on its own.

Replenishing your iron and helps prevent post birth anemia – The placenta postpartum is rich in iron. It is estimated that up to 50% of US citizens have some form of low iron or anemia. Replenishing so much blood, rich in iron, after birth is a large task to take on. Having low iron often results in lower hormone levels, fatigue, lack of concentration and depressive symptoms. In studies, women with postpartum depression given iron supplements improved greatly.

Lending you a consistent flow of oxytocin long after your birth

Offer natural pain relief from the labor and birth of the baby – Research has shown that ingesting placenta increases the effectiveness of opioids. The mother would need to take much less pain medication to reach the same desired pain management. The women would experience less pharm logical side effects and better maternal responsiveness.

Help establish early and healthy milk supply – In a study where women were given placenta to consume, 86% reported increased milk production within 4 days. Research is still being done to completely narrow down exactly which hormones react with human milk supply to give it a boost. Mothers who have experienced Toxemia or preeclampsia during pregnancy may find that their milk is slow to come in. Consuming placenta directly after birth has shown in many cases to help this.

To stabilize your ever changing hormones post birth

To replenish your B vitamins and energy that were used during the labor and birthing process

Protection from infection and bleeding due to retained placenta tissue or membrane-

Helps Resolves postpartum issues like high blood pressure, swelling and protein in the urine- Women that have suffered from high blood pressure, swelling and protein in the urine find that consuming their placenta postpartum soothes her kidneys and helps to resolves these symptoms more quickly than if it was left untreated.