Mamas on Bedrest: What is Placental Encapsulation?

April 17th, 2013

Hello Mamas, Here’s a question from Mama on Bedrest Josh asking,

“Doesn’t placental encapsulation help with Post Partum Depression symptoms?”

After doing a bit of checking, I found that there is not medical evidence that Placental Encapsulation has any medical benefit. That said, ingestion of the placenta in any form has been practiced for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in other tribal customs. Because it is high in hormones, it is porported that ingesting the placenta,

  • Helps balance a woman’s hormones post partum
  • Helps mitigate “the baby blues” a syndrome reportedly faced by up to 80% of women in the immediate post partum
  • Helps ward off post partum depression (this has not been proven)
  • Enhances milk production
  • May help balance hormones during perimenopause

The additional benefit touted is that because the placenta is actually an organ the woman herself produces, there is no toxicity or risk of adverse reaction. It’s is seen as similar to donating blood to oneself prior to surgery. And because the placent comes from the woman herself, it provides the ultimate “bio-identical hormones”.

While I don’t endorse or refute the practice, I recommend that women interested in placental encapsulation thoroughly research the process and find a trained, certified placental encapsulation specialist; someone trained in the proper preparation according to Traditional Chinese Medicine practices and OSHA trained so that the organ is properly handled and prepared. There are resources listed below.

If you have done placental encapsulation, know something about placental encapsulation or have an opinion, please share your comments in the comments section below. Thanks!!

If you have a question, send it to and we’ll answer it on an upcoming Wednesday Vlog.

Resources for further study:


Vivante Midwifery & Women’s Health

Loving Beginning Birth Services


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