Recently there has been quite a bit of buzz about the safety of placenta encapsulation and if it poses a risk to newborns. In 2018, the largest study of its kind was done by UNLV and Oregon State found that mothers who consumed their placentas passed no harm to their newborns when compared to infants of mothers who chose not to do so. This study reviewed over 23,000 birth records and it found no increased risk in three different areas:
• NICU admissions in the first six weeks of life
• Neonatal hospitalizations in the first six weeks of life
• Neonatal/infant death in the first six weeks of life
While this may still remain a controversial topic among medical providers, so many women around the world are experiencing benefits that they attribute to their placenta capsules, including better mood stability, more energy, enhanced milk supply, less anxiety, and overall increased feeling of well-being. While we acknowledge that placenta services may not be for everyone (and that is okay!), there are many women who feel as though these services greatly improved their postpartum experience and are grateful that they were available. We are so thankful for this study confirming the safety of placenta consumption and are hoping that it will help put more people at ease with the process. So, research your specialist to make sure they follow proper safety protocols and enjoy your placenta capsules if you feel as though you may benefit from this service.
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Sarah is a work at home mom with three beautiful boys, two dogs, and a loving husband. She is a certified childbirth educator, placenta specialist, and creates custom, high quality keepsakes made from breastmilk, placenta powder, cremation ashes, and so much more.