We had the privilege of having Virginia prepare and encapsulate my placenta. She even went to the trouble of making some beautiful placenta prints and a dream catcher from the cord – they are the most unique and treasured keepsakes we have! The placenta pills were a godsend in those early weeks, I felt energised, my mood was fantastic and my post-partum recovery was fast: my uterus had shrunk right back down within a matter of days, and I only had minimal bleeding. Virginia kindly came to our home, picked up the placenta for encapsulation soon after birth and delivered it back to us within a couple of days – we didn’t have to do a thing, giving our new little family more uninterrupted time together…
So much more than a disposable organ!
Placentophagy (from ‘placenta’ + ‘phagy’ = to eat) is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after childbirth. Most placental mammals participate in placentophagy, including herbivores and primates. Fortunately you don’t have to eat the placenta like a piece of meat to obtain all the benefits that ingesting it can bring. Virginia at Natural Beginnings can prepare your placenta, dry it, grind it up and encapsulate it so that all you need to do is simply pop a few capsules!
The placenta contains high levels of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins stimulate involution (the shrinking or returning to former size) of the uterus. The placenta also contains oxytocin. Oxytocin eases birth stress and causes the smooth muscles around the mammary cells to contract and eject milk.
Women who have taken their placenta pills have reported the following:
– an easing or delaying of postpartum depression
– an increase in their breastmilk production
– a quicker end to postpartum bleeding
– an easing of stress
– a big boost of energy which is noticeable between when taking their pills and not
I have prepared over 200 placentas into capsules and I can prepare your placenta in numerous ways, returned to you usually within 1 to 2 days. Each service includes encapsulation (raw or TCM-inspired), cord keepsake, placenta print, information packet and photo of your placenta (membranes removed) SMS’d to your phone.
The hospitals below are free pick up of placenta and delivery of capsules:
- Sutherland Hospital
- Kareena Private Hospital
- St George Hospital
- St George Private Hospital
- Hurstville Private Hospital
The hospitals below carry a $40 charge for pick up of placenta and delivery of capsules (inclusive)
- Bankstown Hospital
- Canterbury Hospital
- Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA)
- Royal Hospital For Women (Randwick)
- Prince of Wales Private Hospital
If you are birthing in a different area than the above, please get in touch for a referral to someone who covers your area.
Placenta Remedies and services
*To apply for any of the Natural Beginnings placenta services, please fill out the online application form here and Virginia will be in contact with you within 48 hours.
**Take note that immediate call for placenta pick ups without first booking ahead will attract a $25 surcharge, so be sure to leave yourself enough time to book in case your baby comes unexpectedly early!