Maybe you’ve heard of it. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe anything involving the word “placenta” causes you to dry heave. Contrary to how it sounds, placenta encapsulation does not involve enshrining your organ for later sacrificial rituals. In fact, it’s nothing like that at all.

Placenta encapsulation is a process in which, immediately following the birth of your baby, your placenta is dehydrated and ground into a course powder, which is then placed into small capsules that look exactly just like any other vitamin or supplement we might take. Mothers then consume these capsules to help them rebound from the birth, avoid postpartum blues, and boost their milk supply.

The placenta is a remarkable organ. It is an organ, just like your liver, kidneys or heart. But it’s the only organ the human body can grow when needed and remove when its job is done. And then your body can grow a new one when needed again. Your bag of waters, growing out of the margins of the placenta, is your baby’s home for many months, with your placenta providing everything your baby needs to grow and thrive.  So what happens when your body and your baby no longer need their placenta? It doesn't have to be discarded as medical waste. More and more families are choosing to keep their placenta and celebrate its health and strength.

Some people bury their placenta deep in the earth, perhaps planting a tree or shrub over it that their child can visit in the future. Some use ink and paper to preserve the image of the placenta’s beautiful treelike structure.

Others use their placenta the way it is used by almost all mammals that live and birth on land: to support the transition time after birth by consuming it. Those who have done it say that ingesting placenta can help rebuild their blood supply, help increase their milk production, help them feel more energy and less discomfort, and reduce or eliminate the baby blues.

You can take advantage of what your placenta has to offer without having to deal with it raw or use it all up immediately after the birth. It can be dried and prepared in capsules that you can take in the days and weeks after the birth of your baby.

I am not a licensed medical professional and I am not able to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any health condition. Services and fees are for the preparation and encapsulation of your placenta, not for the sale of the pills. No specific benefits or effects are promised. It is your responsibility to determine whether using placenta preparations may be of benefit to you.