It’s never too late….save your placenta!

I want to tell you a little story. Last week I received a call from a mom,

The mama: “Hi! I’m interested in having my placenta encapsulated”

Me: “Wonderful, when is your due date?”

The mama: “I had my baby a week ago”

Me: “ Exactly how many days has it been and how has the placenta been store”

The mama: “I don’t have the placenta, it’s at the hospital. I didn’t bring it home with me because I didn’t think I was going to have postpartum depression, but I’ve been feeling very sad and crying for no reason since the birth of my daughter. The hospital said that they would hold on to it for me if I needed it, so I’ll call them when we get off the phone I just wanted to make sure you were available”
Me: “ok….give me a call back when you have your placenta and I’ll come pick it up.”

I didn’t want to be the one to break her heart, but who ever told her that the hospital would save her placenta for her….LIED! There is no way the hospital is going store your placenta for you just in case you change your mind about wanting to keep it. Needless to say I never heard back from this mama :(

I’ve had the lovely opportunity of working with placentas that were 6 months old, 9 months old and even one that was 6 years old. As long as the placenta is wrapped up well and stored properly it can be kept indefinitely. The 6 month and 9 month old placentas, the mamas have reported receiving benefits. The 6 year old placenta, I did not encapsulate I tinctured the whole thing and later next month it will be done fermenting. The mama is planning on using it for her menopause and for her daughter once her menstrual cycles begin.

If you are possibly interested in having you placenta encapsulated, but are hesitant for what ever reason….SAVE IT! You may have a fantastic postpartum experience, but if you don’t, by saving your placenta, you’re giving yourself the option to have it and aid you in your postpartum recovery and beyond.