Monika Rosicka, LM, CPM, PS is a Homebirth Midwife, Placenta Specialist, Yoga Instructor, and Midwifery Teacher and Preceptor. She is based out of beautiful rural Northern California. She has over 15 years clinical experience providing holistic health services to families, specializing in home and out of hospital births and offering water births. Monika also provides Well Woman Care, including family planning, Pap Smears, Clinical Breast Exams, and Physicals. She is well versed in current birth control methods available to help serve your reproductive health needs and teaches Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) and Lactation Amenorrhea Method (LAM) privately and in groups.
Placentas are magical organs.
In the womb, they create a portal between mother-baby that sustains life until birth. Pulsing with oxygen, nutrients, and hormone-rich blood, they hold everything needed to carry a pregnancy to term.
Consuming the placenta postpartum isn’t new. Almost every single mammal eats their placenta as a natural part of giving birth.
For humans, the placenta was primarily used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a remedy to help stabilize hormones and boost energy. Only in the past five years have the benefits of placentophagia gained attention in the Western world.
“With celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian, January Jones, and Mayim Bialik admitting to eating their own placentas, placentophagia is growing in popularity.”
This might not be too far out for some, but placentophagia has some incredible health benefits:
Increased milk supply
Fewer mood swings
Higher energy levels
Lower incidence of postpartum depression
Easily absorbable iron supply, which prevents iron deficiency
Helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size
5 Unique Ways To Eat Your Placenta
#1 Encapsulate Your Placenta
Many women feel squeamish about eating their placentas. If this is you, have your placenta made into 100-200 capsules and add it to your daily intake of vitamins and supplements.
During encapsulation, a Placenta Specialist washes and dehydrates your placenta. It is then grounded into a powder and placed into capsules. If preferred, the placenta can be steamed with or without herbs before dehydration.