Placentophagy is the act of a birth person consuming their placenta postpartum by either eating the placenta raw, cooked, in capsule form or drinking the juices from the placenta once it is cooked.
Oxytocin - (the love hormone) assists in bonding, healthy lactation, reduces anxiety, and reduces helps prevent third stage hemorrhage.
Prostaglandin - Promotes cell regeneration and growth. Assist in healing placenta attachment sites, repair vaginal/ rectal tearing,minimize nipple soreness, helps promote contractions to help uterus return to pre-pregnancy state.
Estrogen - (the primary female sex hormone) the dramatic drop in Estrogen after birth can contribute to ppd. 10-25% of women experience major depression in the first 6 months of birth. While the effects of Estrogen are not completely understood. Research has linked Estrogen to mental clarity and emotional balance, Estrogen Anti-inflammatory properties also assist in healing.
Corticotropin Releasing hormone (CHR) - The placenta releases up to 3 times the normal level of CHR in the last trimester of pregnancy. Postpartum CHR Depletion - With the delivery of the placenta, the CHR hormone production system is interrupted. The mother then left with a large decline in the CHR hormone with her body which can lead to inability to deal with stress well, the feeling of being overwhelmed, and ppd . 1a
Progesterone - (pregnancy hormone) assists in mental clarity, cognitive function, reduces anxiety, boosts energy, and regulates immune system function.
Prolactin (PRL referred to as the “milk hormone”) or Luteotropic hormone (LTH), functions to promote milk production. Prolactin is shown to support the reproductive, metabolic, regulation of the immune system, and behavioural functions.
Human Placental Lactogen (HPL) - the hormone made by the placenta similar to the human growth hormone. HPL breaks down fat from the mother to provide fuel to the baby. Mothers with high HPL levels can lead to insulin resistance in the mother (Gestational Diabetes)
Endorphins and Opioids - The main endorphins in the placenta is called Placental Opioid Enhancing Factor (POEF) it is found in the placenta and amniotic fluid. It provides natural pain relief; consuming the placenta will help prescription pain relievers work better because of the POEF it contains. Leading to needing less of the prescription pain relief
Serotonin and Vitamin B6 - Serotonin ( dependent on Vitamin B6) helps to support regulated sleep patterns, balance weight, Improves mood, improves cognitive function, and aids in blood clotting. Vitamin B6 - prevents depression, improves mental clarity, supports the immune system, and supports wound healing postpartum.
Copper - helps the body absorb Iron, increases white blood cells, and anti-inflammatory, thyroid support.
Iron - Restores hemoglobin blood levels. A full placenta at term has the Iron equivalent of nearly two blood transfusions. Low Iron levels result in low hormone levels, fatigue, inability to concentrate, and symptoms of depression.
Selenium - Aid the thyroid in hormone production, aids in uterine recovery, and decreases the risk of postpartum depression.
Zinc - Located in every tissue of the body. Zinc aids in hormone balance, anti- inflammatory agent, immune system support, increased energy, assists in wound healing, and muscle growth and repair.
1a - Endocrinologist George Chrousos who led the NIH study concluded that since the placenta contains a large amount of oral active CHR , ingesting the placenta will stabilize CHR levels resulting in a more emotionally stable mother. Studies from the National Institute of Health have found that consuming the placenta stimulates and stabilizes CRH levels.
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Yes, you can encapsulate your placenta even if your Care Provider doesn't agree!
It is your body, your choice and you do not need permission to do what you feel is best for you and your postpartum healing.
We believe that our clients are well informed and have taken the time to research what is BEST for them!
Expecting Multiples? There is never any extra charge for families expecting twin, triplets, or more.
When should I book my placenta services?
We are the only Full Time Independent Certified Placenta Apothecary in the South East
We are proud to say we never have to turn clients away due to limited availability. So you can book your placenta services at any time!!
How many capsules your placenta will make all depends on the size of the placenta.
On average our clients will receive 120-150 capsules.
This will vary depending on size of placenta and if you are planning on using any other placenta remedies such as Post-birth smoothies or Tinctures.
Pick up, Delivery, and Shipping Services
We offer pick up, delivery and shipping services on all placenta services.
Pick up and delivery in Greenville County are included with services.
There is a travel fee that will apply for any pick up or delivers outside Greenville County.
If you are outside the pick up or delivery area we having shipping options available for both placenta and all placenta products.
The placenta is rinsed, sliced, and then dehydrated at 160 degrees. The placenta is then ground into a powder for encapsulation.
The placenta is rinsed, steamed to 160°f internal temperature, sliced and dehydrated. The placenta is then ground into a powder and encapsulated.
* this is only a recommendation and not a requirement for all GBS + clients.
Your placenta is rinsed, steamed with fresh ginger, pepper and lemons. Then sliced, dehydrated, and ground into powder for encapsulation. This Herbal steamed method is inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine. The fresh herbs are used to warm the body internally for optimal healing.
We offer a 50/50 method to clients that would like to have more than one preparation method used for their placenta encapsulation. You can choose any two of our four placenta preparation methods.
Post birth smoothies are a great way to get the immediate healing benefits of your placenta. Post-birth smoothies are made with Coconut water to help re-hydrate the body, local organic honey is added to restore energy along with your favorite fruits and veggies. Post-birth smoothies are made from a small piece of your raw placenta. They are made and delivered to you within the first 24 hours of giving birth.
Choose our Signature
Strawberry & Banana Blend
Create your very own smoothie blend from our list of ingredients
Placenta tinctures are a great way to use the benefits of your placenta long-term. Placenta tinctures can be made from the raw placenta or placenta powder. Placenta tinctures are made in 100 proof Vodka or Brandy for purity and extended shelf life. Tinctures are used for an energy boost, hormonal balance, PMS symptoms, and the menopausal transition. Placenta tincture takes 6 weeks or more to make due to the fermentation process.
Our healing salve can be made with or without the placenta. Healing Salve is made from a special blend of organic oils and herbs. Our healing salve can be used for nipple cream, c-section incision, diaper rash cream, cuts and scrapes, and much more.
Placenta powder is available in all of our placenta preparation methods. Placenta powder can be added to smoothies or other foods. This is great for those that have a hard time swallowing capsules.
Placenta chocolates is a easy way to get the daily healing benefits of your placenta. Ground placenta is added to dark or milk chocolate and molded into individual candies.
Our new Cbd infused placenta tincture. Offers all the healing benefits of a Placenta Tincture and Cbd Tincture all in one.
Birthers broth is produces from the placenta when the steamed preparation is used. This broth can be added to soups, stews and bone broth to enhance the healing process. Birthers broth can be frozen in ice cube trays and used over the first 40 days of your postpartum.