How can your placenta help you have a better postpartum?

This video looks at literature and research articles related to common postpartum issues and placentophagia. It addresses how placenta encapsulation may help women have a better postpartum. How can your placenta help you have a better postpartum? from Traditional Wisdom on Vimeo.

Six objections to placenta encapsulation

Placenta encapsulation involves dehydrating and encapsulating the dried, ground placenta into capsules for the mother to consume during her postpartum. Over 4000 species of mammals consume their placenta straight after birth (even the herbivores!). More and more women are choosing to consume their placenta for a range of health benefits. Most commonly reported effects are increased energy, improved milk supply …

Delayed Cord Clamping at Cesarean Birth

I was very impressed to see this healthy placenta with long white cord that showed me the baby had received it’s full blood volume (despite being born via cesarean). Usually cesarean born babies have their cord clamped and cut very early so I asked the mother if she had requested delayed cord clamping and she said yes. The obstetrician at …

Placenta variations and what they look like

Placenta’s are like snow flakes – each one completely unique! I’ve heard so many stories of women not even seeing their placenta after birth. All the attention is on their new baby (and rightly so!) but it can be amazing to have a glance at your baby’s ‘first room mate’. Each time I hold a placenta in my hands I …

How to make a placenta homeopathic

These are the steps required to make a 6C placenta homeopathic for your baby Choose a small piece of placenta (from the maternal side), gently tear it off and place in brandy in an amber bottle. Let it sit for six weeks. Get out 6 bottles (I use 25ml bottles) and put 24.75ml of brandy in each and label 1c, 2c, …

Placenta Variations

These water colour paintings were inspired by studies I did with APPA (Association of placenta preparation arts) as part of my continuing professional development. Feel free to share from my Facebook page or from my website (please leave attribution as these are my own drawings). You can purchase greeting cards, throw pillows and other placenta print items HERE.

Placenta Traditions and Beliefs

What does a placenta do all day? The placenta is an incredible organ that helps an unborn baby to grow and thrive. It performs the functions of the digestive system, immune system, kidneys, liver, skin and lungs while the baby is inside the womb of its mother. It allows the baby to extract all the nourishment it needs from the …

Wait! Don’t cut your baby’s cord too soon!

Preparing for birth involves knowing about the third stage of labour (birthing your placenta). At the time of birth, the placenta continues to function pumping blood to the baby (Enning 2007) but eventually the umbilical cord stops pulsing and the placenta will need to be birthed. In many Australian hospitals it is quite common for delivery of the placenta to be ‘managed’. This …

Should you keep your placenta?

When you have a baby, you’ll need to make a decision on what to do with your placenta. I’ve heard many mothers regretfully tell me they didn’t even look at their placenta after birth and how they wish they had. It is a fascinating organ that you grew and that nurtured your baby. I’m passionate about sharing information so that …