Placenta Capsules & All That Jazz
As I’ve well documented, when I became pregnant for the second time, I suffered terribly with hyperemesis. And then post birth with Milo, I struggled with a bad forceps delivery and PTSD and generally, just felt like a big ol’ bag of crap. I can’t say I was looking forward to doing it all over again with Rex after already feeling so under the weather and so I did whatever I do when I’m not feeling happy about something; I set about changing things.
I’m not one for dwelling or panicking if I haven’t already made changes to try to combat whatever I’m worried about. My way of coping is to over-plan and mix things up to see if anything helps to make me feel a bit better mentally. It’s a big part of why I don’t like routine actually; I’m much more for tweaking things as they roll out and making changes along the way, I hate feeling like I’m stuck in a rut.
Apprehensive as I was about approaching the newborn stage again, I decided to try to look in to ways to make everything more comfortable & to cope better. One of the main things I read up on and heard nothing but positivity, was placenta capsules. It wasn’t quite so popular back in 2014 so I hadn’t gone down that path with Milo, but it’s steadily growing in exposure and something which more and more mums are keen to try out. When I mentioned trying to scope out someone who’d be able to take care of the encapsulation on Twitter, my mentions were flooded with other women eager to tell me they’d really felt the benefits of trying them themselves and while there was a couple of people uncertain as to whether or not they just acted as a placebo, there was no straight up negativity or ‘they definitively do nothing’ -ers so I got straight on The Google.
Placenta Practise was founded and run by Amanda Denton, a woman with 20 years experience as a doula, qualified Phlebotomist (didn’t even know that was a word) and one of life’s most wonderful humans. Amanda’s on hand to give you any advice, answer any questions and has a really calming yet professional aura about her. Part of her reason for looking in to starting up the company was her own mum’s experiences of PND and you can really tell that this is all just about ensuring women are being helped to be the best they can be post birth. None of it felt gimmicky (a few other sites I checked out seemed a bit… protein-shakes-on-instagram-with-naff-celebs-promotiony, whereas everything Amanda does felt clean, clinical, professional but caring all at the same time. I’d like to stress right now that this isn’t sponsored, Amanda hasn’t asked me to write this and actually, it was just a case of some lovely women over Instagram recommending Placenta Practise and doing a bit of research myself which meant I found the best person for me.
I won’t bombard you within this post because there’s so much information provided on the Placenta Practise website which you can visit here but it’s all a very easy process. I had a delivery of everything I needed to my home about two weeks before my due date; I had to freeze some gel packs ready for when I went in for surgery, a small tupperware is included and there’s a couple of forms to fill out and sign. You take it all with you when you go in to hospital (if you’re natural labouring then it’s just a case of having someone text Amanda to make her aware) and you just ask your midwife/surgeon for the placenta to be popped in the tupperware, along with aforementioned gel packs and ta da! Amanda came to collect the box a couple of hours post birth (although there are different services you pay for) and within 24 hours I had a bundle of products ready for me (this was particularly speedy as she was working in the area and just happened to work out well, I believe it ordinarily tends to take 48 hours).
While the capsules were my only real concern, we’re also trying out a few other products such as balm for Rex’s bottom (which happens to smell amazing), tincture (lasts FOREVER and can help with such things as anxiety, PND, even the menopause) and placenta cream for mum (yup, you slap it on your face). There’s a real variety on offer so again, check out the website for all the different products you can have fashioned out of your actual placenta. It’s uh-mazin’.
So, we’re a week in and I have to say I feel bloody fantastic. Like, better than I have in around 10 months. The pregnancy really took it’s toll, I didn’t enjoy it all and now I’m feeling mentally jolly, physically well (despite the soreness) and just back to my old self. I obviously can’t say for certain that these little capsules of my own body have done the trick but I take two, three times a day and if they’re having any sort of effect then they’re absolutely welcomed with open arms. This has been such a positive birth experience for me and I’m so glad I looked in to encapsulation; it’s been well worth the money and I do genuinely feel as though it’s contributed to just helping me feel more balanced and less drained.
Lastly, I’d like to mention Siobhan who runs The Positive Birth Company from down in Devon. I know it’s a case of finding people within your area who deal with encapsulation as otherwise courier fees can become quite expensive etc etc etc but check her out on Instagram (@thepositivebirthcompany) and see whether or not she might be able to help you. I’ve met her at a few events, she’s a mum to three wonderful boys and making waves in hypnobirthing, positive births and now, placenta capsules. She too is a fantastic person to get in touch with if you’re after a calm birth experience and will answer any questions you might have.
Thanks go out to Amanda for being so efficient and helpful with everything placenta-wise and please, if anyone has any questions, don’t feel like you can’t send them to me. I’m happy to answer away!