When I was pregnant the first time I’d heard of placenta encapsulation, but knew very little about it. Since teaching hypnobirthing over the past few years I’ve noticed it has become more and more popular; and it’s something that I get asked about more regularly from my clients. As I’m not an expert in this field, I thought I’d ask Ellen Allen from the Placenta Connection for a low down on it. Ellen is one of the leading providers of placenta encapsulation in Kent, as well as skincare products for new mums and babies.
What is placenta encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is the process by which, after birthing their baby, the mother’s placenta is preserved, dried, ground into a powder and placed into capsules. The capsules are then for the mother to take during the post-natal period.
What got you into it?
After the birth of my second baby I trained to provide encapsulation because of the difference it made to my postpartum experience . Looking for ways to naturally support my recovery – placenta encapsulation appeared in my research time and again. When taking my capsules, I was overwhelmed by how I felt and made the commitment to train in placenta encapsulation. My main aim is to create a service for women that I would like to receive.
What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation?
Reported benefits from women who have used placenta encapsulation include high energy levels, steady mood, good milk supply, reduced post partum bleeding, efficiently replenished iron levels.
Is there anyone it’s not suitable for?
There are very few contraindications for encapsulation – and if you are not sure we would advise consulting your healthcare professional. Smoking during pregnancy, blood born infections such as AIDS/HIV and placenta infection mean that we are unable to encapsulate.
Are there any studies to show how it affects people?
Recent studies from the Jena university in Germany and the University of Las Vegas Nevada show that placenta consumption is safe if prepared correctly. This is something that is strictly monitored in the UK. The Jena University study also describes the possible benefits including reduced postpartum depression and increased milk supply.
How soon should someone book you to have their placenta encapsulated?
You can book in any time from your 12 week scan. Chill packs (which are provided in order to keep your placenta safe) are sent out at approximately 36 weeks. If you book in later I will do all I can to squeeze you in. I’ve even had chill packs couriered to women in labour, so it’s never too late!
If you would like to know more about the services offered by Ellen, you can read up more here.