The beautiful and amazing placenta has undergone much scrutiny in the past several months. Especially since last years CDC report regarding a possible GBS+ contamination stemming from capsules. Upon further research, the CDC study is but one sample, and it could not confirm that the GBS infection to baby came from the capsules themselves.
In a recent study through UNLV and Oregon State University, it actually states that there is no risk to baby when the mother consumes placenta.
"The largest study of its kind found mothers who consumed their placenta passed on no harm to their newborn babies when compared to infants of mothers who did not consume their placenta." Fantastic news!
The study reviewed approximately 23 000 birth records to come up with its findings. Noting that approx 7600 of these clients used encapsulation, not only do we see the safety in our practices, but the vast amount of people seeking placenta services. There are few and far between studies done for placenta encapsulation, so this one is wonderful for both the encapsulators and the families who use this service!
"These new findings give us little reason to caution against human maternal placentophagy out of fear of health risks to the baby." Daniel Benyshek, professor of anthropology at UNLV.
As a seasoned and trained encapsulator, these findings not only put my mind at ease for my clients, but also for the entire encapsulation industry. The families that search out placenta services are people who are educating themselves to achieve a happy and balanced postpartum. As someone who has personally used placenta capsules with great success, this study makes me giddy. Placenta capsules did a world of good for me, and I'm excited to see it continue to work for more families!
*Edit to add further reading - Encapsulation, Your Questions Answered
And Common Placenta Myths
If you are looking for further information please see my placenta page.
** Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA or Health Canada. I am simply sharing information for educational purposes **