In recent years more and more women have decided to consume their placenta in some way. Based on anecdotal evidence it is believed that consuming your own placenta after birth can lessen the effects of PPD, increase milk production, increase in oxytocin levels and incease in CRH (a stress-reducing hormone). While this may seem like a strange, or even gross concept to some anyone who has suffered with PPD or low milk supply, or knows someone who has, can probably understand the lengths some women are willing to go to avoid these problems.
There are a few different way to consume your placenta. Some advocate that the way to get the most benefits from your placenta is through raw consumption. Some choose to blend it into a smoothie amoung other things. However, most people find the idea of placenta encapsulation easier to swallow (pun intended).
The process of placenta encapsulation includes steaming, dehydrating, and crushing the placenta so it can be put into pill form. Most moms hire someone to do this for them, generally their doula. Moms are able to take their pills when they need them and enjoy the benefits.
Elevate Michiana Doula Services reccomends finding a doula who does not add herbs to placentas and who will encapsulate in your home. This way you are able to know exactly what is in your placenta and that it was prepared properly in a sanitary enviroment.