If you’ve read anything else on this site, I’m sure you’ve gotten the gist by now - I'm all about honouring the person that has given birth. One of the ways we can honour the birthing person is to honour the placenta.
The placenta is a super special organ: it grows inside the womb specifically to deliver life-giving nutrients to the baby, providing an irreplaceable bridge between parent and child. In addition to its physical importance (providing nutrients and removing wastes), many cultures have spiritual beliefs about the placenta’s role. One of the best books on the topic of the placenta can be found here.
In many birth settings today (mainly hospitals), unless the birthing person makes a request otherwise, the placenta is treated as medical waste and disposed of soon after birth. In Canada, we have the right to say what happens to our body parts - placentas included. Many families choose to honour the placenta in some way. They may choose to bury it, create art with it, and/or consume it. Encapsulation is to consume your placenta in capsule form (versus with a knife and fork!).
If you’re interested in learning more about how my placenta encapsulation service works, please get in touch.