Little did you know that your precious little one’s arrival would also come with the hormonal earthquake known as the baby blues and for many post partum depression. Eating your placenta, or more popularly eating placenta pills, is an easy, effective and natural way of minimizing the effects of your hormonal imbalance after birth.

For anyone who has gone through it, the baby blues is one of the most uncomfortable and overwhelming things to have to deal with when you would much rather be taking care of your baby. The symptoms vary from depression and emotional outbursts to suicidal thoughts or even thoughts of harming your baby. I certainly don’t want to minimize these very distressful thoughts but I do want to point out that is much more common than people think.

Today, approximately 80% of women experience some level of post-partum depression or mood dysfunction. Yet, the shame associated with PPD, likely because women feel like inadequate mother’s for feeling down during an otherwise happy time, makes it a taboo topic, often relegated to a line in childbirth education classes.

Women affected with PPD  are finding that the medications and counseling most often prescribed are either too expensive, not effective and/or are not recommended while breastfeeding.  Not to mention which therapist lets you bring a breastfeeding newborn to sessions?

After birth, many women experience blood loss, fatigue, and a drop in pregnancy hormones. All of these are key contributors to post partum depression. The placenta, known in traditional Chinese medicine as being full of Qi, the life energy, replenishes your body with iron and protein and slowly reintroduces some of the pregnancy hormones you’ve lost. This way, instead of having a drastic reduction in these hormones, you are able to taper off in a more level way.

Symptoms of Baby Blues/Post-Partum Depression:

  • Mood instability
  • Weepiness
  • Depression
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Memory Loss
  • Feelings of Dependency
  • In some cases suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming others
  • General sense of doom


  • Rapid Hormonal Changes
  • Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation
  • Physical and Emotional Stress of Birhting
  • Blood Loss

The placenta and placenta pills help:

  • Balance your hormones
  • Increase Milk Supply-Backed by scientific studies
  • Replenish depleted iron levels
  • Helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size
  • Reduces post-partum bleeding
  • Increases mood and makes for a more enjoyable and meaningful Motherbaby bonding period
  • Increases energy level (and the ability to cope with the lack of sleep associated with a new baby)

I have personally seen women with otherwise epically tragic post-partum periods rise from the depths to become functional happy mothers after ingesting the placenta. It’s safe, effective and can be made vegetarian/kosher. Read about the halakhik issues of placenta encapsulation here.

Placenta encapsulation or the process of making the placenta into pills also helps any ick factor associated with consuming the placenta. It’s easy to do and you can do it in your own home with easily available equipment. Otherwise, if you hope to keep your counters placenta free, you can take advantage of New York Doula’s placenta encapsulation services. We abide by OSHA requirements and are 100% vegan/kosher.

Please help spread this message to other women. So many of us are suffering alone. I hope education can help demystify this otherwise ignored topic.

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