I chose laurel and Guided Passage at the recommendation of my midwife with my second child who was supposed to be born at home. There were a few complications with the baby not coming out, Laurel actually was as the later end of my labor as an assistant and she was a true comfort. In the midst of getting ready to be transferred to the hospital she sat down and prayed with me...that alone set the tone for the peace I felt having to leave my home. Needless to say I was able to labor with no drugs and baby came out, however she had a hole in her lung and had to go under an oxygen hood. My baby had a very hard time nursing the colostrum.

Laurel was extremely quick, yet caring with my placenta. She brought it right to the hospital. I took two capsules and within 10 minutes my milk came in and was basically squirting across the room!!!! The capsules gave me energy when I was only able to sleep for two hours at a time!!! Hands down I would do this again!!! Especially with Laurel!
— Melissa Vize, Mother of 2 and one on the way
2 1/2 weeks into mothering my 2nd child and I still feel really amazing, even with some serious bumps in the road. I know that getting my placenta encapsulated to consume is helping me through it all. Thank you for what you do!
— M.P. 2013
Hi Laurel! I just wanted to say Thank You and that the capsules give me so much energy. They’re great!
Thank You again! I will be recommended you to others.
— 1.7.14 B.B.

CURRENT RESEARCH 

"It has been shown that the feeding of desiccated placenta to women during the first eleven days after parturition causes an increase in the protein and lactose percent of the milk... All the mothers were receiving the same diet, and to the second set 0.6mg of desiccated placenta was fed three times a day throughout the period. Certain definite differences in the progress of growth of the two sets of infants are to be observed. It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta." McNeile, Lyle G. 1918. The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children, 77. W.A. Townsend & Adams, original press: University of Michigan.




"Powdered Placenta Hominis was used for 57 cases of insufficient lactation. Within 4 days, 48 women had markedly increased milk production, with the remainder following suit over the next three days." Bensky/Gamble. 1997. Materia Medica, Eastland Press, 549.




"All patients were given desiccated placenta prepared as previously described (C.A. II, 2492) in doses of 10 grains in a capsule 3 times a day. Only those mothers were chosen for the study whose parturition was normal and only the weights of those infants were recorded whose soul source of nourishment was mothers milk. The growth of 177 infants was studied. The rate of growth is increased by the ingestion of placenta by the mother... the maternal ingestion of dried placenta tissue so stimulates the tissues of the infants feeding on the milk produced during this time, that unit weight is able to add on greater increments of matter, from day to day, than can unit weight of infants feeding on milk from mothers not ingesting this substance." Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36. American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University. 




"Giving...placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States.."By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will ...reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy and relieve postpartum blues Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352.



Great Pharmacopoiea of 1596, Li Shih-chen


Recommended human milk and placenta mixture for Ch’i Exhaustion which is characterized by:

  • anemia, 

  • weakness of the extremities, 
  • coldness of the sexual organs including problems with ejaculation.  

It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta.
— McNeile, Lyle G. 1918. The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children, 77. W.A. Townsend & Adams, original press: University of Michigan.



First Obstetric Clinic, Charles University, Prague 1979
Placenta as a Galactagogue

  • 210 Mothers Studied
  • 181 Positive Results (86.2%)

 

  •   (117 Good) (55.7%)
  •   (64 Very Good) (30.5%)
  • 29 Negative Results (13.8%)

 

  • Effective Substance that stimulates milk production is NOT protein
  • Question Hormonal influence is open


University Of Nevada Las Vegas, 2013

  • Researchers surveyed 189 women engaging in placentophagy about their consumption habits and reactions. The majority of survey respondents were from the United States...Most of the women were white, married, college-educated and were solidly middle- to upper-middle class. Most of the women had home births.

  • Overall, 96 percent of the women said they had a “positive” or “very positive” experience consuming their placenta, and 98 percent said they would do it again.
  • 57 percent of women in UNLV’s study reported no negative effects from ingesting placenta. The most commonly reported negative experience revolved around the pill's taste and the "ick" factor of consuming placenta.
     

FDA HAS NOT STUDIED ENCAPSULATION

  • One Factor is Cost: Average trial is 12 Million Dollars
  • Majority of studies are conducted by pharmaceutical companies.
  • Challenges in conducting a double blind study.
  • Few who has a vested interest in showing placenta encapsulation works and it’s too much below the radar for healthcare professionals to be considered worthy of an independent investigation.

Cultural Significance

  • In Chinese Medicine, the placenta is known as a great life force and is highly respected in terms of its medicinal value.  The placenta is the tree of life!
  • In Italy, women have been known to eat parts of the placenta to help with lactation. 
  • Hungarian women bite the placenta to expedite the completion of labor. 
  • Knowledgeable midwives in this country have their birth mothers take bites of raw placenta to help stop hemorrhaging, due to its beneficial oxytocin content.