The article for MSNBC Health came out today. I am always happy to see placenta ingestion being discussed in the national media, but I will be even more pleased when the subject is treated with a bit more reverence. Titles such as “Placenta Pizza?”, and “Mom’s bizarre ritual is hard to swallow” just do not do the benefits of placenta ingestion proper justice. But the media does know how to grab our attention with edgy headlines, and as long as it raises awareness of placenta for postpartum recovery, then I am grateful for the attention.
I was a bit disappointed to see that I was misquoted again. Not nearly as badly as in the USA Today article, but being a passionate advocate for placenta encapsulation, it is frustrating nonetheless. This article states that only a couple of dozen placenta encapsulation kits have been purchased in the last year and a half, when in actuality that total has occurred in the last couple of months, to women all over the world. Women from Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and across the United States are encapsulating their baby’s placentas and reaping the benefits. It is a much more popular practice than this article makes it seem. Other, smaller errors are also present; they state that I first dry the placenta in a dehydrator, then bake it in the oven, which just doesn’t make sense. The author was very nice during the interview and in our followup conversations, and seemed sincere when she said she would make sure the changes are made to the original article.
In any case, I am pleased that placenta encapsulation is being discussed on a national scale. Much gratitude to my client, Devorah for sharing her story so that other women might hear about using placenta for their postpartum recovery. Thanks Devorah! Oh, I must also note that Devorah was most interested in the placenta capsules to increase her milk supply. She had a very hard time nursing her first son since she was physically unable to produce enough milk for him. With her second son, she took the placenta capsules and found that her milk supply was vastly improved. She still needed to supplement, but there was a marked, noticeable increase in milk between her two children. The stress relief and more joyful postpartum experience were “just an added bonus”.