Although it is not common practice in Western cultures, some women find great benefit from consuming their placenta through the early postpartum period. The placenta holds nutrients and hormones from the pregnancy which begin to rapidly exit the body after birth. Consuming the placenta can help ease this transition and also encourage:
- Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to its normal size and encourages bonding with baby.
- Increase in CRH, a stress reducing hormone.
- Restoration of iron levels in the blood.
- Increase in milk production.
This practice remains largely unstudied at this time, however many women who consume placenta medicine report increased emotional stability, improved energy levels, increased milk supply and an easier postpartum recovery period. $175 is charged for this service.