January 3, 2018

To read part 1 of this series on placenta encapsulation, click here!

But there are some people who are not happy with the status quo. Some expecting parents are digging deeper in order to figure out who they are and who they want to be before their babies arrive. This effort takes a lot of energy. They are usually people who have been working towards becoming independent, autonomous individuals within the larger society for some time before they decide to become parents. They are people who know that consciously choosing to ask questions, make informed decisions, and go from there will require time, money, and support from partners, professionals, and those in their social circles who understand their desire to navigate their own uncharted waters. Here's what I know about these people, from which my doula and placenta encapsulation client base is formed:

1) Some of these moms and dads, birthers and partners, see the intense lack of support that exists for new parents within the...

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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