This told me all I needed to know about my wife and truly gave me the measure of the woman. And so when our second child, my first, came along, I allowed myself to be educated from a near ignorant standpoint about how women used to give birth, before it all became medicalised. Our son was born at home and it was the most amazing experience. It felt so natural and it really was, looking back, a magical time which has provided me with memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.
As part of this home birth process my wife also decided to have her placenta encapsulated. She’d read up on it and subsequently told me all about it and it just made sense. I did not experience any shock, disgust or queasiness. My father’s reaction was representative of a minority rather than the majority of people I told. In fact very few of my family and friends had heard of it, so with the feeling of being pioneers we set out to do it.
We spoke with the only person at the time who appeared to offer the service, Lynnea Shrief. She came down after the birth and did the encapsulation for us and Mary popped a couple of capsules straight away. The resulting reactions from Mary’s body where both immediate and profound. I don’t think either of us were expecting the capsules to have such a fast and pronounced effect. Her breast milk pretty much doubled, she felt physically and mentally better, with more energy and a general sense of well being not to mention the effects we couldn’t see, like the reduction in bleeding and accelerated healing.
Well if we’d had any doubts prior to doing the encapsulation, which we didn’t, all would have been instantly banished on that first day when Lynnea handed Mary the capsules. Placenta Encapsulation seems to me to be such a common sense, obvious and natural thing to do and yet when mentioned to a senior midwife at hospital recently at the birth of our third child, she’d never even heard of it, not even an awareness that it existed! How can it be that someone whose profession it is, in part, to look after the well being of a mother postnatally has never heard of this or all the many benefits it affords mothers, it truly mystifies me.