The Feminist Breeder is a popular writer and “mommy blogger” who just had her third baby. This time around, she decided to join the growing ranks of mothers who are using placenta capsules for their postpartum recovery. Why?
Well, these are my good reasons:
- I’m choosing a med-free water birth in my living room because the safety record of that mode of delivery is both evidenced-based, and supported by science. In fact, a homebirth is the perfect choice for a picky Type-A who likes to control her environment whenever possible. I can have a safe, joyful birth at home that could be far more pleasant than either of my two miserable hospital experiences where the “Novocaine” turned out to be a train wreck and the damn nurses kept me awake all night with their beeping machines. I can push a baby out into a warm bath, with a highly trained Midwife personally safeguarding my experience, as I’m surrounded by people who are all 100% focused on ME. No “free spirit” or Bob Dylan records required.
- I’m encapsulating my placenta because scientific research shows that it can have enormous benefits for my health, including reducing my risk for that damned postpartum depression, and helping to boost my milk supply. My Type-A personality prefers to steer clear of mind-altering drugs anyway, so if there’s a way to keep my own feel-good chemicals in my body, then by all means, I will try that way first. And I do NOT have to cut off chunks of this veiny thing and put them in a hippy-dippy kale and beet smoothie. Nope! I can just pop a couple of pills that look like vitamins, which just so happen to contain an organ of mine. No big, hairy deal.
You can read the rest of her entertaining post on her blog, The Feminist Breeder.