December 29, 2017

You might have read or seen a news piece on the "growing trend" of women encapsulating and consuming their placenta after they've given birth. You might even be someone who has had their placenta encapsulated by a doula or placenta specialist in your own community.  Or, you may be coming to this article as an expecting parent who has no idea what the heck this business with the placenta is about.

If you have heard of or read about doing something with the placenta after birth, you have probably heard the same list of potential benefits and hopeful outcomes of placentophagy that have made their way around the internet. We hear them from news anchors and new parents alike, from doulas and childbirth educators, and even some midwives and obstetricians. Everyone cites the same anecdotal evidence that birthing people choose to encapsulate or otherwise consume their placentas for one or more of the reasons below. The spiel usually goes something like:

1) The placenta is a very...

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