Article written by Michelle Beacock (IPEN Specialist) – When Michelle first started training as an IPEN Specialist she was also undertaking midwifery training as a student midwife. She used her third year of her midwifery studies to look at the evidence behind placenta encapsulation and wrote an article about the subject matter which was published in the British Journal of Midwifery (BJM July 2012 Vol 20, No 7).
Below is an abstract from the article she wrote including a link for the full article.
Eating one’s own placenta (placentophagy) is undergoing a small revival in Western cultures. Some view this as a way of celebrating the placenta’s significance and/or promoting postpartum physical and mental health. Placenta encapsulation is becoming a popular method of preparing the placenta for consumption.
This article considers the potential of placentophagy to benefit human and non-human mammals and also evaluates placental encapsulation. Several credible theories and mothers’ and midwives’ experiences support placentophagy, but evidence is limited, dated and inconclusive. Current and systematic research is needed. Midwives should be aware of the evidence in order to support mother’s decisions.
The full article can be viewed here.