I was invited as a guest on the Good Morning Arizona show. The segment was live, and aired early on Friday the 13th. The segment was much longer than I anticipated, particularly for a fast-paced morning show like this. I am never a fan of how I look on TV, but I hope this information helps to spread the word about placenta capsules and how they can help new moms in their postpartum recovery.
Of course, AFTER the segment I thought of 100 fabulous responses to the questions, none of which were what I actually said. But she threw me off by talking about the “communes” that “started this” – I had never had someone ask or mention anything like that. What I should have said was that there was a revival that started in the 70’s, but the practice goes back to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thankfully, the summary on their website highlighted all my best quotes:
She recommends a new mother consume placenta in some form — capsules are the easiest — in the first weeks after giving birth, when “her body is in a huge state of transition.”
“The placenta contains all of those hormones and nutrients and things that the baby needed and that drove the pregnancy,” Selander explained. “Once the placenta is born, it still contains all of those nutrients, while it’s missing from the mother. The theory is that it just makes sense to put that back into her. It helps maintain the balance, helps get her through those first few weeks … The placenta is really good for easing that transition.”
Selander said consuming placenta is not a replacement for treatment of clinical postpartum depression. “It is an option to help mom fend off a lot of the risk factors,” she said.
My two oldest girls were able to come to the TV studio with me, and the staff very graciously answered questions, and even let them sit in the chairs behind the news desk! It was a great experience for them – now my oldest says she wants to be a “news lady”.
Read the original article online at AZ Family.com. I really appreciate them having me on, and for treating the topic with dignity and respect and not as a “freak piece” that these interviews can sometimes turn into. We are making progress!