Eating Your Placenta Causes No Harm to Your Newborn When…

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Eating Your Placenta Causes No Harm to Your Newborn When…

A new study, the largest of its kind ever finds that eating your placenta causes no harm to your newborn. The joint study conducted by UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and Oregon State University published May 2nd, 2018 looked to 23,000 birth records to determine that eating your placenta causes no harm to your newborn!

Eating one’s placenta is usually the last thing most people think about when dreaming of motherhood.

Baby cooing, sweet snuggles, poopy diapers, and long nights we expect! Lots of sadness, anxiousness, a very short fuse, sleep deprivation, isolation, insomnia, and breastfeeding aversion we did not! This is where the tornado touches down,  barrels through your home, sweeps it up, and lands with a thump in placenta encapsulation land!

You’ve heard about this place, but you never imagined you’d be here, but here you are! You’re looking at everything through a different lens and it all makes more sense now, well most of it!

So here’s the deets.

Previously the CDC suggested avoiding consumption of the human placenta. This advice was based on one, yes one single case where a newborn may or may not have become infected with group B Streptococcus after the mother consumed her placenta. Unfortunately, there was not enough evidence to prove one way or another that the placenta was actually the culprit.

Even more telling is this most recent study! Here are the deets:

The largest and most current study showed that as many as 1/3  (approximately 31.2%) of the women in the database consumed their placenta! The study found no risk to the babies of the mothers who are consuming their own placenta!

They did not examine the effects on postpartum mood disorders but said…

“The findings also give us a foundation from which to further explore the impact of placenta consumption on postpartum mood disorders.”

After reading the largest study conducted to date The Jacksonville Baby Company maintains our position that eating your placenta causes no harm to your newborn.

However, we need to add a few things to that statement to stand behind it with confidence. The keyword for us in this statement is Y-O-U-R!  Your placenta! Additionally, you need to add to that statement “when hiring an encapsulation specialist who is following safest practices and providing services in the clients home only”.

The Jacksconville Baby Company is the only service provider in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia who provides the No Doubt Guarantee that ensures the placenta in the capsules is yours and no one else’s.

We follow the highest safety and preparation standards set forth by our training and certification organization, OSHA, FL Food Handlers, and the WHO. We lead the way in professionalism, privacy, and knowledge about the human placenta as well as breast and bottle feeding, newborn care, and perinatal support.

Do we think we’ll see more studies to come? Who knows!

The possibility is always there! When? Who knows. I am hopeful but realistic. I know that many issues in maternal and infant care are not prioritized, but The Jacksonville Baby Company is A-L-W-A-Y-S working hard to do what we can where we can!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

Elizabeth

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Questions to Ask About Placenta Encapsulation

Questions to Ask About Placenta Encapsulation jax fl

Questions to Ask About Placenta Encapsulation

 

Placenta encapsulation is a centuries-old practice that is making a modern day come back and for good reason. Celebrities that have publically announced their choice to heal naturally after birth include Kim & Kourtney Kardashian, Coleen Rooney, January Jones, Mayim Bialik, Holly Madison, Kim Zolciak, and Gaby Hoffman. Because of these women and many others, placenta encapsulation has become a topic of discussion when preparing for childbirth.

When most people hear about placenta encapsulation they think it’s one of most bizarre things they’ve ever heard. Then, when they hear that the placenta is dried, ground into a powder, put into capsules, and looks like any other capsule supplement they are more open to the idea. Their interest is peaked even more when they hear the reported benefits.

Women who’ve consumed their placenta in capsules say:

  • they have more energy
  • they heal faster with less pain
  • they feel a sense of well-being and balance
  • they have helped reduce or lessen the symptoms of postpartum depression

While those benefits are anecdotal, and not to be ignored since anecdotal information is where larger studies begin, there are some scientific studies that support the idea that consuming one’s own placenta can help increase breast milk production.

There are some very important questions you should ask when choosing someone to encapsulate your placenta.

Here are 5 questions to ask about placenta encapsulation to be as safe as possible:

  • What training have you had? Can I see proof you are trained? Are you certified? How often do you recertify?
  • What other certifications, if any do you hold that are relevant to placenta encapsulation? May I see those?
  • Where is the encapsulation process completed at exactly? May I schedule a time to see the space? Are there other people or animals who frequent the space where my placenta is processed?
  • Do we get to meet face to face before you process my placenta?
  • How will I know the placenta powder in the capsules came from my placenta (and bloodborne pathogens) and no one else’s?

First Coast Placenta does not cut corners with your safety! Hire the best because it matters!

This experience is provided by a professional whose number one concerns are your safety, transparency, and comfort. Placenta encapsulation requires attention to detail, knowledge, and extreme caution. With First Coast Placenta we acknowledge the seriousness of this service and do not feel it should be treated as a side gig or hobby.

First Coast Placenta specialists are dual trained, certified, and cross-certifying with a second organization. We are W.H.O. compliant and O.S.H.A certified in bloodborne pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1090.1030 and hold a current Food Handler’s certificate.

First Coast Placenta brings love, energy, and healing after you give birth! Ask our clients what they think about the service and experience they received, we will provide you with a list of references.

We will happily answer these questions and any others you might have. Contact us today to learn more and may your postpartum be positive!

 

 

“Powdered Placenta Hominis was used for 57 cases of insufficient lactation. Within 4 days, 48 women had markedly increased milk production, with the remainder following suit over the next three days.”

Bensky/Gamble. 1997. Materia Medica, Eastland Press, 549

 

“All patients were given desiccated placenta prepared as previously described (C.A. II, 2492) in doses of 10 grams in a capsule 3 times a day. Only those mothers were chosen for the study whose parturition was normal and only the weights of those infants were recorded whose sole source of nourishment was mothers milk. The growth of 177 infants was studied. The rate of growth is increased by the ingestion of placenta by the mother… the maternal ingestion of dried placenta tissue so stimulates the tissues of the infants feeding on the milk produced during this time, that unit weight is able to add on greater increments of matter, from day to day, than can unit weight of infants feeding on milk from mothers not ingesting this substance.”

Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36.
American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University

 

“It has been shown that the feeding of desiccated placenta to women during the first eleven days after parturition causes an increase in the protein and lactose percent of the milk… All the mothers were receiving the same diet, and to the second set 0.6mg of desiccated placenta was fed three times a day throughout the period. Certain definite differences in the progress of growth of the two sets of infants are to be observed. It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta.”

McNeile, Lyle G. 1918. The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children, 77.
W.A. Townsend & Adams, original press: University of Michigan

 

“An attempt was made to increase milk secretion in mothers by administration of dried placenta per os. Of 210 controlled cases only 29 (13.8%) gave negative results; 181 women (86.2%) reacted positively to the treatment, 117 (55.7%) with good and 64 (30.5%) with very good results. It could be shown by similar experiments with a beef preparation that the effective substance in placenta is not protein. Nor does the lyofilised placenta act as a biogenic stimulator so that the good results of placenta administration cannot be explained as a form of tissue therapy per os. The question of a hormonal influence remains open. So far it could be shown that progesterone is probably not active in increasing lactation after administration of dried placenta. This method of treating hypogalactia seems worth noting since the placenta preparation is easily obtained, has not so far been utilized and in our experience is successful in the majority of women.”

Soykova-Pachnerova E, et. al.(1954). Gynaecologia 138(6):617-627

 

Placenta Capsules: Sharing More Than Experience, Part 1

We were contacted by a woman, we’ll call her Abby, and she wanted to learn more about our placenta encapsulation process. To be honest her email seemed suspicious. You see, in this business it’s not uncommon to receive emails from non-pregnant folks looking to talk about vaginas, sex during pregnancy, and such. Well, as it turned out Abby had valid reasons for being cautious, using an alias to protect her identity, and for contacting us.

Without further ado, Abby shares her story.

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Placenta Capsules: Sharing More Than Experience

By Abby Anonymous

I will apologize now for the book, but there is nothing that can be cut from my story. Every word and every line is relevant and important. I never wanted to share my story

What I wanted was answers. I wanted to go back to the day she picked up my placenta and change my mind. I never asked for this.

Now, after talking with Elizabeth, owner of First Coast Doulas, I know without any question that I need to share my story to tell others so they don’t make the same mistakes that I did. I don’t know if the other person knows what happened or if there are more people this has happened to. Maybe if the right people in the community share this blog they’ll see it.

What I really want is for others to beware when hiring someone for placenta encapsulation.

I have to protect my identity because I work in the medical field and do not want to be questioned by my colleagues. They already pick fun at me for choosing a more natural approach to all things. They ridiculed and mocked me about my decision to “eat my placenta”, now I wished I would have never told them. At the time they were just a little annoying, but as you can imagine if they found out about this I would be mortified.

Sharing my truth with people through this blog seems like the right thing to do. Elizabeth was gracious enough to sit down with me and explain her process, step by step. From providing the clients with everything they need to take the placenta home to their protocol for sanitization, and she answered all of my questions that she could answer.

It was 6 days after delivery when I received the call I never in a million years imagined I’d get.

It was the person who I trusted to pick up my placenta and return my placenta capsules to me on the other end of the call. Before she even broke the news to me I could sense something wasn’t right.

What she said next blew me away, “I am sorry, but I think I may have accidentally given you another mom’s capsules by mistake. I can pick the bottle up and bring you your capsules.”

What she said next I’m not sure, did anything really matter after that noise?

I hung up the phone in her face. I got sick. I literally became sick to my stomach and vomited not once, but twice.

I called her back and asked her how the hell it happened, who the other person was, and asked if she had spoken with the other person yet? I wanted to talk to her. I needed to talk to her.

I was terrified and rightfully so.

The risks of taking someone else’s placenta capsules means you risk getting any contagious diseases the other person may have. You also risk your body having adverse effects to the other person’s placenta since its complete make up is unique to the person who grew it and delivered it.

The things I thought that day and in the days since: What about my baby, what if I contracted something awful can I pass it to her through breastmilk? I have to tell my husband and we will have to have protected sex until I know for sure I am safe. Why me? How could I of avoided this?

She said she believes her young son might have switched around the Post-it notes she labels the dehydrators with.

Post-It Notes?

What kind of shit show is she running exactly?

She continued, saying she has never had an issue with her son touching the dehydrators until recently and went on to say he has become a bit obsessed with playing with the dials and labels recently.

So this could have happened before and would likely happen again if she didn’t stop. Who knew what else could have happened. Why was the dehydrator around her son?

To be continued…

Read about what happened next in Placenta Capsules: Sharing More Than Experience, Part 2