placenta encapsulation??

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placenta encapsulation??

was lurking on June board (i think it was that one) and someone posted a threat about Placenta Encapsulation. my first thought was EWWWWWW, but then i started googling it and now i am interested. it supposively very beneficial for momma after giving birth. helps regulate hormones, helps with mammas milk, helps prevent PPD etc...its a bit costly and you need to find one that is local as they do it in your home. i am a big believer of natural remedies etc and this kinda makes sense. i dont have any near me and i can only imagine the look on DH's face if i presented this idea to him..so this is not really an option for me. but i found it interesting enough to throw it out to hear your thoughts...

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I would never do it as just like you DH looked at me like I had lobsters coming out of my ears! LOL
I also don't know that I could actually swallow it knowing what it is...KWIM?!

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My girlfriend gave birth birth a couple of weeks ago did it to prevent PPD (she had it with her first). I do not however have any interest in it.

Some people swear by it!

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I'd love to do it, but just like you dh just isn't buying it. I had awful PPD with my first, and thankfully nothing more than baby blues with my second and nothing with my third. I am doing other things to try and prevent it this time, like I did with DS. A good diet, DHA supplements, and exercise. There are a variety of things I did with my second and third that I think helped too, and I'm willing to give almost anything a chance to avoid PPD again.

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It is interesting but I don't think I ever could or would do it.

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Um.... I think I'll pass. I have issues with pills as it is.

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Like others, I was interested but dh is totally against it (men and their ways :rolleyes: ). So I will be looking at herbal supplements to help me out PP. It will also help me this time that I have so much more support this time!

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Not for me. Smile

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This pregnancy has totally wacked me out! i am worried about PPD among other things...but im not sure i could bring myself to do this either. Later on in our pregnancies, we need to start a threat about how to manage PP..for us first time mommies Smile

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I am a birth doula & with that I do placenta encapsulation. I've been studying placentophagia for nearly 6 years now & have been doing encapsulations for 3 yrs. What started my research was a nearly crippling case of PPD after the birth of my 4th child -in looking for healing I came across the practice of placentophagia & then later on placenta encapsulation itself. It works. It really does. I've since had 2 babies & no PPD & what little blues was there I was able to handle.

Over the years I have seen many, many positive results, especially in women who have a history of PPD, fatigue or nursing (lack of milk) problems. There is evidence based research showing the positive results in regards to milk production & fatigue which is also directly related to PPD - the more research that is being done the more I am seeing women come to me about the process. I think this is because it gives the practice legitimacy for those who look beyond TCM. Latley I've had more husbands/dads calling me than I have the women, which I think is really neat. I feel if people can get over the intial 'ick factor' reaction & see the genuinely positive results that come from the capsules, a lot more would look into it - even if they didn't do it themselves. Who knows you might know someone down the road who could really benefit from their placenta.

If you took a moment to think about the things you eat on a daily basis, or what's in your make up, lipstick, washing & cooking products I think a lot of people would be suprised how many "gross" things we actually use & eat every day! Wink It's all in how one looks at it.

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Thanks Chimmy!

I am one of those ppl who worry about the chemicals and all the crap that is in EVERYTHING. i wish i still had the time to cook the way i used to, i miss being a SAHM sometimes Sad

I did mention this to DH and he reacted a little better than i expected him too. after absorbing it, he said, well its weird...and a little gross. but not, "hell no, you cant i forbid it" lol. he is supportive of any decisions i make so if in the end i decide to do this, he will be on my side. if you think about it, the powder would be in capsules, so the only thing touching your tongue would be plastic. i personally think that the benefits may outweight the "ick" Wink i have alot to think about now LOL now if i can actualy find someone who does it in my area...

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Couldn't agree more with Chimmy, and honestly I would do almost anything if it could prevent me having to go through what I did with DD1...it really is crippling and I still, 7 years later, have guilt over how miserable I was for her first few months. That's time I'll never get back and I barely remember it and the meds they give you...well they just made me feel emotionless and I worried about speaking up about needing a higer dose because I was breastfeeding. Speaking of, I truly thought my baby hated me...it's amazing looking back it almost doesn't even feel like it was me in my body. So, if I thought for a minute I could find someone locally and manage to get my placenta to them I'd totally do it.

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Laura - there is one PES (via PBi) in Pennsylvania although you'll have to e-mail her to see if shes near you. I'm sure there are other who do placentas near you. A lot of times doulas & midwives offer encapsulation services - it just takes some digging to find them. If you'd like I can help you find some names so you can contact them & ask about their services Smile

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Chimmy, since you're in the field, just out of curiousity, whats the average cost of the capsulating service?

The idea grosses me out, but I'm not so grossed out by it that I would refuse to do it.

I didn't have PPD after Jonathan.... I had a lot of problems and troubles, including with nursing, and it would probably be beneficial for me because I had so many problems... not sure if I'll go through with it though.

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Chimmy your help would be very much appreciated! i dont want to lose the first few months of my babies life! especially since this is gonna be my only one. The thought of going through what Mandi went through terrifies me! i did do research, but they were all out of Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. i'm about an North above Harrisburg, PA. i will continue to look, but if we both look maybe we will succeeed.

From what i researched, the cost for most were between $200 and $350, depending on location. this would be worth it for me, i HATE HATE HATE taking medication unless it is for dire situations. the thought of taking normal meds for PPD, well you know. Wink

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Could you handle Lancaster?

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The average cost is probably $150, but it really does vary quite a bit.

I'll start digging around for you Laura Smile

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ok, so i talked to hubbie and brought this up. i told him i was seriously considering it. he understands my point of view, but still thinks its odd and kinda gross, especially since they will be doing it in our kitchen LOL and he thinks it could be a waste of $$. i explained to him that i have not made a decision yet but that i have lots more research to do. but that i need to make a decision that is best for me and not what the "norm" is in society. he wanted me to mention it to my OB/gyn at my appt but i wouldnt. ob/gyn dont typically support these types of things, i would imagine. he does know about my fear of pills and i explained to him Mandi's story andmade it clear that if i can spend a little extra to possibly avoid that, then i will. so we left it at, i will continue to research and see what else i find. i do know that if i decide to do this, he will support me 100%. who knows, i may not be able to find someone to do in my bumpkin part of the country LOL

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See above ^^^

Would Lancaster work for you?

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"epiclesis" wrote:

See above ^^^

Would Lancaster work for you?

it may...i would have to find out. Harrisburg, bloomsburg, hazleton,im in the middle of them all...

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I have a family member in New Cumberland. I know the area well. Wink I'm originally from the PA border in New York til I moved out here in 2009.

I could only find Pittsburgh, Philly, and Lancaster.

This is the lady in Lancaster.
http://www.momandlittleme.com/id6.html