Maggie Vaughan offers placenta encapsulation in West London and her recent client shares how she found Maggie and what was so special about the service she received.
I was lucky and hadn’t had a problematic pregnancy at all, but by the
end of the third trimester I felt out of balance, anxious and run down.
I saw Lulu Winfield (http://www.luluwinfield.com) for an amazing session
of reflexology (I value this treatment over and above massage for run
down mums-to-be) and she recommended highly that I consider eating
my placenta after birth.
I have a history of depression and had been mindful of my risk of PND. My
mother had suffered from this after the birth of my brother and even in
the last few months I had been feeling anxious, tearful and low mood.
When I read up about the benefits of placenta consumption I was very
interested in the vast anecdotal evidence that consuming your placenta
drops your risk of PND significantly by in part providing your body
with the B-vitamins and hormones necessary to aid smooth recovery
post-natally. I contacted Maggie and did not look back!
As I said to you on the phone, it seems to me that people fall in one
of two camps: “ew gross” or “that’s amazing”, but I sincerely believe
that EVERYONE would benefit from this. Your placenta is an incredible
thing; it has grown with the baby from one cell, providing everything
your baby has needed for 9 months. In my view, it is cleaner, purer and
more nutritious than anything you could buy packaged off a supermarket
shelf, and you know where it’s come from! Of course, the simplest thing
is to take it home and cook it, but, if like me, that gives you the
heeby jeebies but you’re still keen to tap into this amazing resource,
then I would strongly urge you to get in touch with Maggie.
Maggie offers a variety of services: you can have part of your placenta
made into a smoothie to drink straight after birth; you can have the
remainder (or all of it) freeze dried raw into capsules; you can have a
homeopathic remedy made up for your child as he/she grows. I had the
first two options and now wish I had taken up the third too. Taking
your placenta in capsules is obviously very palatable. There’s no
‘gore’ involved and you can take 1-3 capsules up to 3 times a day for
the first 4-6 weeks and then whenever you need a boost you can take
them. They keep in the fridge for two years, I think. The smoothie is
not as gory as it sounds! Yes, it is raw, but Maggie makes the smoothie
10% placenta to 90% delicious organic fruit. It was delicious! And it
did not taste of meat at all…or blood! Of course, Maggie can answer
all questions and give info better than I can. Her email is
email@example.com and she has a website of the same name.
The process was very straightforward, Maggie very contactable and it
was simple to arrange. I organised it days before I gave birth. You
need to get a sterile container for your placenta and make sure your
wish to take the placenta home is in your birth plan. It’s also
advisable to take a cool bag with ice to hospital with you and have
someone pick this up so you can get this straight in the fridge. If
you’re having your baby at Queen Charlotte’s they don’t have any space
in fridges for patients’ stuff. Maggie picks up the placenta and makes
up the smoothie and/or pills so that within hours of giving birth you
can begin to get the precious goodness back into your system.
The benefits I felt:
Unfortunately I had quite a traumatic labour that lasted for 30 hours,
with no drugs until hour 29 when all the drugs on offer were
administered in order to perform a potential caesarian but in the end,
luckily, forceps delivery. I was also severely anaemic at the end of
pregnancy, which wasn’t picked up on until after I gave birth. Of the
very few things I remember, the uplift and feeling of ‘this is exactly
what I need’ I experienced when I drank the smoothie is forefront.
Anaemic, traumatised or not, I am sure this is ‘exactly what (every
I credit a good recovery, emotionally and physically, in good part to
the smoothies and pills. I also had Maggie come and help cook and care
for me for the first two weeks and she should take a lot of the credit
along with my wonderful husband for the speedy and smooth way in which
I regained my strength.
Despite the trauma, I haven’t had so much as a whiff of PND. I have
felt exhausted, emotional and tearful, but nothing beyond the norm.
Another benefit that I as well as many others enjoyed as a result of my
placenta is that my breast milk came in quickly and easily. Had I had a
caesarian, this would have been really important.
A less important, but nice, side effect is how well everyone says I
I just happened to stumble across Maggie and her placenta encapsulation
service, but how great to have the time to inform yourself and organise
this beforehand, knowing you’re doing a really worthwhile thing for you
and your baby.