by Anne Ferguson
With over five years experience offering placenta encapsulation services I can safely say that 95% of the time when people, men and women alike, first hear of placenta encapsulation, their reaction is something along the lines of "eww, gross!" But quickly, most people come around when they hear of the benefits and especially when they hear testimonials from people who've actually tried this holistic approach to postpartum health.
Sometimes I hear from parents-to-be who want to try encapsulation but their partner is not on board. So I reached out to my client network and asked for thoughts from partners on their experience. I asked them "How did you feel about your partner trying placenta encapsulation when you first heard about it, and then how did the experience actually go?" and "What would you say to partners/family members who are skeptical, think it's gross, or not worth the money?"
Enjoy their responses below!
How did you feel about your partner trying placenta encapsulation when you first heard about it, and then how did the experience actually go?
"When I heard about placenta encapsulation I was a little taken aback by the thought of consuming your placenta but after reading about placenta encapsulation and the benefits one receives from doing this are rather alarmingly positive. I knew she had done her research and I supported her if this was something she thought would help her postpartum. I thought the experience was great and was happy to see my wife benefiting from the placenta pills she was taking."
What would you say to partners/family members who are skeptical, think it's gross, or not worth the money?
"The level of service was astounding, Anne showed up at the hospital exactly when she said she would and delivered the pills back to us AT the hospital before our 2 days postpartum were even up! The supply of pills that were produced was way more than I expected and like I stated previously that I could see the benefits described when we were researching placenta encapsulation originally. The cost of this service and product was definitely worth it to my wife, myself and my family."
"When my wife and I first heard about placental encapsulation a few years ago, I thought it was gross. Shortly before our 3rd child was born, my wife informed me she was planning on doing the placental encapsulation. (She had mild PPD after our 2nd child was born and wanted to prevent PPD if possible.) I still thought it was gross, but thinking about it, it is a very natural thing you can do to boost energy and mood after birth. It helps that the placenta is put into pill form so it is more palatable."
Andrew's partner Sara adds: "I had to chuckle a little bit when I was having an emotional day in the weeks following birth and my husband asked me, "Have you been taking your pills?" I hadn't (they were giving me oversupply issues,) but they worked so well in improving my mood and energy level, so much so that my husband could tell when I wasn't taking them :)"
"Don't think it's gross, but rather a natural part of birth. My wife seems much more blissful, had more energy and no blues this time around. Wish she would have taken the placenta capsules with our first baby to direct compare, but from what I know, we will, and already have, recommend placenta encapsulation and Anne Ferguson's services to anyone having children.”
"I thought it was very natural and was very surprised seeing how much energy and how normal my partner was just days after the birth. I would tell skeptical people that humans are the only animals that do not eat their placenta and that poses a health problem as the placenta is packed with nutrients that your body needs after such a traumatic experience."
And lastly, from Jason:
"Placenta encapsulation was something I had heard about before but had never given it much serious thought until my wife and I were going through our first pregnancy. With both of us being doctors that specialize in holistic care, we were open to the idea and did our research. As long as we could find a feasible and easy way to do the encapsulation we were down for trying it...that's where Anne's service came into play. She made it super easy for us, and all it required was a phone call or two to coordinate pickup and drop off times. My wife, Amber, started taking her "placenta pills" the day after labor and it really made a difference in her energy level. She was more awake, alert and had energy to get through the day with very little emotional "swings". Post pregnancy can be a whirlwind of hormonal downshifting so the placenta pills helped a lot with leveling out the swings, which made the post-labor time so much easier--for both of us.
As we discussed our plans on delivery, placenta encapsulation would occasionally come up. For those that were asking we would explain the benefits and tell them that it wasn't some barbaric practice where we would slap a chunk of placenta on the grill and invite the neighbors over. But rather, it was a simple process where the placenta was dried, pulverized and put into pill capsules so it was just like taking your vitamins everyday. Knowing what some peoples' reaction would be to the idea, we just kept it quiet if no one asked but were not afraid either of talking about it. Didn't really bother us either way. We knew it was right for us and the healthiest thing for both baby and Amber, so we weren't looking for confirmation or approval from anyone. We are both very educated and sought out credible research and made our decision, just like any other healthcare decision we have made in the past.
From a price standpoint, it was cheap I thought. Couple hundred bucks for everything. I thought that was cheap for literally a hands-free process. Anne was super easy to work with and she accommodated our schedule and met us at our house to deliver the pills. To anyone thinking about it and wondering whether it is worth it I say this: Weigh the options not doing it. Are you willing to deal with post partum depression? Are you going to want more energy, better sleep, better hormone regulation after delivery? These are all things the placenta supplementation helps with. If you have these issues and never did the placenta encapsulation you will always wonder if things could have been easier, smoother or less stressful when adjusting to motherhood. So it may be worth the couple hundred bucks just to give yourself the best advantage to adjusting to motherhood...plus, it makes things easier on dad!"