The day begins with you heaving your body into an upright position, completely out of breath from the effort and bleary eyed after spending half the night getting up to pee. Your feet hit the floor like a couple of bricks stuffed inside bags of water. You think you hear a sloshing sound as you stand up (thanks, water retention!).
You’re tapped out. Emotions are raw and anxiety is high. Your body feels foreign, like it no longer belongs to you. Your mind is cloudy and racing. You want to be grateful for the baby you longed for but really just want out of your body. You have an overwhelming urge to run away.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a statement urging parents to stop taking their encapsulated placenta, after an infant became sick from late-onset GBS bacteremia. The infant’s mother was consuming her encapsulated placenta, and it was confirmed that the placenta capsules she was taking contained GBS bacteria
Thinking about having your placenta encapsulated?
It's a great idea! If you're hoping for a faster recovery from birth, a reduced risk of postpartum depression, and an abundant milk supply, consuming your placenta could be right for you. The anecdotal benefits are amazing and the risks are minimal BUT there are risks!
In culturally dynamic Calgary, as a postpartum doulas and placenta encapsulation specialist, I have the opportunity to witness a variety of postpartum traditions. My favorite is the Chinese tradition of "Sitting the Month," or Zuo Yue Zi. Deeply rooted in Chinese culture, it is even mentioned in the 2000-year-old text I-Ching or Book of Changes.
Lacey Park is a Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist, Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula. She grew up in Calgary and gave birth to her first four children there. Lacey blogs about pregnancy, birth, baby and family related topics from her acreage in Southern Alberta.