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Because celebrities have been sharing about their experiences, Placenta Encapsulation has risen in popularity for postpartum wellness over the years. As a Certified Placenta Preparation Arts Specialist, I know there is a lot of confusion when it comes to placenta encapsulation. Therefore, I want to go over some commonly asked questions and answers I found during the research for certification with APPA. (Association for Placenta Preparation Arts).

Your beautiful placenta has served you during your pregnancy and is ready to continue serving you after your baby is born. ~Kristina

Lets begin with what Placenta Encapsulation is:

The scientific term for Placenta Encapsulation is Placentophagy. The definition is the consumption of one’s placenta. Fun fact it is not cannibalism, because some people believe consuming the placenta is a form of cannibalism i feel the need to explain. Cannibalism is eating muscles or fat of the same species and the placenta is neither of those.

Is Placenta Encapsulation safe?

First of all, All APPA Specialist are cross-trained and certified in both SERV-Safe and Blood Borne Pathogen Trainings. We also agree to and follow strict sanitation protocols and processing policies. For that reason, we only process one placenta at a time. Because of this protocol we avoid mix-ups and cross-contamination.

What are some benefits to Placenta Encapsulation?

Most Notably, many women have shared they believed placenta encapsulation has helped them with:

  • Lowering their chance of Postpartum Depression
  • Fights Fatigue
  • Boosts their milk supply 

PSA Postpartum Depression is not like baby blues that some women start to pick up and overcome. Seek Help if you feel you are suffering from it.

What is the link between CRH and Depression?

Corticotropin-releasing hormone is a hormone that causes the cortisol levels to rise when stressed. Low Levels of CRH are linked to postpartum depression because the body dramatically rises CRH levels (threefold) during the last trimester. Therefore, it’s believed our bodies do this to help us during labor and delivery.

A research study at MIH showed that the hypothalamus drops in CRH levels after the placenta is delivered.

Let me put this in another way. A woman’s CRH levels will go up 3x its normal rate and drastically drops after the placenta was born. 


 “This finding gives reassurance to people that postpartum depression is a transient phenomenon,”. “It also suggests that there is a biological cause.”


Dr. Chrousos from the MIH Study

Can it really help with fatigue?

  • Studies show that an average size placenta contains 170 mg of iron 
  • As a result, increasing your Iron levels you boost your thyroid function to produce more Thyroid Stimulating Hormones which encourages a better functioning thyroid. 
  • Furthermore, Higher Iron Levels and a healthier Thyroid causes your immune system to be stronger 
  • And Finally, A stronger immune system fares better against common postpartum illness such as Mastitis. 

With all these in mind each one positively impact your baby as well because a healthy mom leads to a healthy growing baby.

Can consuming your placenta help with milk supply?

There was also a study done at Charles University, in Prauge, on if it helped with milk supply.

This study had very positive results stating that out of 210 women who participated;

  • 71 had great results meaning milk was flowing and visible breast change
  • 110 had good results meaning the milk had an increase.
  • 29 were neutral 

Therefore, keeping those numbers in mind, it does make one lean toward placenta encapsulation being beneficial for milk supply, in my opinion.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, as a Placenta Encapsulation Technician, I truly believe the benefits of placenta encapsulation are great. Because who doesn’t want an aid in PPD or low milk supply?

There are different ways of processing and add-ons that I offer. If you are interested in contacting me for services or if you also have more questions, visit my website KG Motherhood

After reading this would you consider Placenta Encapsulation?
Did you have your placenta encapsulated?

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And lastly, sources used in this artlicle:

1.https://www.apa.org/pi/women/resources/reports/postpartum-depression

2. http://www.placentamom.com/uploads/2/4/8/3/2483180/crh_study.pdf

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17667284

4. Iron Contents of Placentas and Cords by Bonnie McCoy, M.S, Roberta Bleiler, PH.D. and Margaret Ohlson PH.D

5. https://placentaassociation.com/good-news-for-mothers-placenta-capsules-contain-more-iron-than-beef/

6. Placenta as a Lactagogon Charles University, Prague. Eva Soykova-Pacherova, Vlastimal Brutar,Berta Golava and Eva Zvolska

7. https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/eating-placentas-cannibalism-recycling-or-health-food


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Kristina is a California transplant who now calls Indy home. She is the mother to the fantastic 4, whom she homeschool full time. Kristina is also the local business owner of KG Motherhood Birth and Photography Services. Through her business, she offers birth doula support, placenta encapsulation and motherhood photography. During her leisure time, she enjoys hanging out at home with her family, online shopping with a cup of coffee in hand and crocheting. .

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