In Australia, where placenta encapsulation and placenta smoothies are a rising health choice for new mothers, the shock value of actually eating raw placenta is what people want to hear and talk about. Unfortunately not the actual reasons for why new mothers make an informed choice to have a placenta smoothie. So why are the media and opinionated people making a such hoo-haa about placenta smoothies in Aus?
It all started when Brooke Martin, based in Sydney Australia, was featured in a positive article in the Daily Telegraph, picturing her with a client who has noticed a massive increase on her breastmilk supply and energy levels compared to her first post-birth experience 2 years ago. “Wow so who knew a smoothie could create such hype! The social media response has been huge, mostly about oh yuk how gross blah blah” Brooke states, even though the article presents gorgeous photographs of Brooke with new mum Zoe and baby Remy and her placenta capsules.
IPEN Specialist Brooke Martin was asked to be interviewed on several local radio stations in response to the article, but she sensed it wasn’t for the benefit of anyone. “I had radio stations wanting to discuss the smoothie which i declined as I felt they were after shock value not actual information about supporting mothers” she said. So she’s written about what’s really important in response. Women’s choice and FREEDOM to choose.
Let’s talk choices not smoothies
Is it really that big a deal??
Last night The Manly Daily posted an article on my work providing placenta services to new mothers. Although my business is much more then just placentas. I completely understand that this topic is unusual and hard for some to get their heads around and I’m the first to say its not for everyone.
What drives me to do what I do is knowing that women have choices when it comes to their pregnancies, labour, and yes their placentas. When we choose to follow a different path in life, make different choices that are not mainstream we will always come up against people who are threatened or shocked by those choices and that’s ok. The real conversation to be had here is about women’s choices, we live in a society that is slowly taking choices around pregnancy and birthing away from women. Instead of communicating a woman”s choices to her the system is dictating those choices to her.
I strongly believe that if we continue to treat all birthing women the same we will continue to have mothers who are fearful of birth and disempowered through their pregnancies. Let the birthing woman choose what is right for her and her baby, that means her place of birth, her care provider and yes what she would like to do with her placenta, afterall it is her body isnt it?
My aim as a Doula and pre natal yoga teacher is to empower women with knowledge so that they can then make an informed decision based upon their own beliefs, research and investigation into what is innately right for them. Have a green smoothie or placenta smoothie its your choice, live your life according to your values and beliefs and you will find that life is a hell of a lot less stressful and actually more fun and much more rewarding. My heart felt wish for all birthing women is that you listen to your heart, question everyone who ofters an opinion about your birth, make choices based on facts not fear and mostly as Oscar Wilde said….