The placenta is an amazing organ that supports your baby in utero. It is a mediator between the life flow of the mother and baby and has great restorative power to assist you with your postpartum recovery. It is extremely nutrient rich, containing many vital nutrients including iron, protein, vitamin B6 as well as your own natural hormones, making it perfectly made for you, by you. Just as it nourished your baby, the placenta, when carefully prepared for consumption, nourishes the postpartum mother.
The high hormone levels of pregnancy drop significantly by day 4-5 postpartum. It is thought that this fluctuation is a key factor in the development of the “baby blues". Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones; gently reintroducing the hormones back into your system over time may ease hormonal fluctuations. Many women find that they do not experience emotional swings as intensely when using placenta capsules. Often it is the second (or third, etc) time mama who didn't encapsulate the first time who notices a big difference between postpartum with and postpartum without the capsules. First time moms often report that they "just feel good" when taking the capsules, especially in response to having an emotional day.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), steamed and dried placenta is used to fight fatigue, which is one of the leading indicators in the development of postpartum depression (PPD). Iron deficiency is also linked to PPD; so replenishing your system with iron-rich placenta can help alleviate a major precursor of PPD.
The information on this page has not been evaluated by the FDA. The services offered by Devi Doula are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilize the services on this page take full responsibility of their own health and for researching and using the remedies.
I have completed an approved educational course in Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control for Doulas, Midwives, & Placenta Encapsulators in accordance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1090.1030. I follow these standards with each client and placenta I work with.