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Moms don't consume the placenta primarily for this, but it is awash in... Vitamins! Particularly Vitamin B6 is actually required for over 100 different enzyme reactions; the abundant resource of placental vitamin B6 serves to prevent depression in the mother, improve mental clarity, and also fortifies her immune system while supporting postpartum wound healing.[1] And vitamin B6 is just one of the water-soluble vitamins in the placenta. According to the study “Transplacental Transport of Water-Soluble Vitamins: A Review,” the placenta is awash in A and B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, biotin, folate, and cobalamin), as well as vitamin C and vitamin D, which are useful in replenishing depleted body stores.[2],[3],[4] The placenta is also full of fatty acids, amino acids, and glucose stores.[5] [1] Higham, B. “Waste Product or Tasty Treat?” The Practicing Midwife, 12 (9): 2009, pp 33–5. [2] Prasad, P. D., F. H. Leibach, and V. Ganapathy. “Transplacental Transport of Water-Soluble Vitamins: A Review.” Placenta, 19 (S1), 1998, pp 243–257. [3] Smith, C. H., A. J. Moe, And V. Ganapathy. “Nutrient Transport Pathways Across the Epithelium of The Placenta.” Annual Review of Nutrition 12 (1), 1992, pp 183–206. [4] Ramsay, V. P., C. Neumann, V. Clark, And M. E. Swendseid. “Vitamin Cofactor Saturation Indices for Riboflavin, Thiamine, and Pyridoxine in Placental Tissue of Kenyan Women.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 37 (6), 1983, pp 969–973. [5] Jones, H. N., T. L. Powell, and T. Jansson. “Regulation of Placental Nutrient Transport: A Review.” Placenta 28 (8–9): 2007, pp 763–774.
Moms don't consume the placenta primarily for this, but it is awash in... Vitamins! Particularly Vitamin B6 is actually required for over 100 different enzyme reactions; the abundant resource of placental vitamin B6 serves to prevent depression in the mother, improve mental clarity, and also fortifies her immune system while supporting postpartum wound healing.[1] And vitamin B6 is just one of the water-soluble vitamins in the placenta. According to the study “Transplacental Transport of Water-Soluble Vitamins: A Review,” the placenta is awash in A and B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, biotin, folate, and cobalamin), as well as vitamin C and vitamin D, which are useful in replenishing depleted body stores.[2],[3],[4] The placenta is also full of fatty acids, amino acids, and glucose stores.[5] [1] Higham, B. “Waste Product or Tasty Treat?” The Practicing Midwife, 12 (9): 2009, pp 33–5. [2] Prasad, P. D., F. H. Leibach, and V. Ganapathy. “Transplacental Transport of Water-Soluble Vitamins: A Review.” Placenta, 19 (S1), 1998, pp 243–257. [3] Smith, C. H., A. J. Moe, And V. Ganapathy. “Nutrient Transport Pathways Across the Epithelium of The Placenta.” Annual Review of Nutrition 12 (1), 1992, pp 183–206. [4] Ramsay, V. P., C. Neumann, V. Clark, And M. E. Swendseid. “Vitamin Cofactor Saturation Indices for Riboflavin, Thiamine, and Pyridoxine in Placental Tissue of Kenyan Women.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 37 (6), 1983, pp 969–973. [5] Jones, H. N., T. L. Powell, and T. Jansson. “Regulation of Placental Nutrient Transport: A Review.” Placenta 28 (8–9): 2007, pp 763–774.
If the medical staff strongly insists that your placenta be sent to pathology, you have the right to refuse. Regardless of what the hospital seems to indicate or even claim outright, they do not have a right to take your placenta any more than they have a right to amputate and take your arm. It is your bodily organ. Once you have notified the hospital (ideally in writing) that you insist upon taking your placenta home with you, any attempts to seize the placenta legally constitutes a ‘trespass to the person’ (i.e., assault and/or battery), since the placenta is in fact, part of your body.[1] In addition to clearly communicating your plan to take your placenta home with you, the best method to protect your placenta from confiscation is to never surrender it in the first place. It is usually much more difficult to get your placenta back from hospital staff than it is to never allow them access in the beginning. Most mothers in home births receive the placenta in a simple large plastic bowl covered with a bag. This method may also be applied in a hospital setting to mitigate all risks for contamination and confiscation. Immediately after the birth, the medical staff will be very busy, and placentas are often sent to pathology in the commotion without consent or any stated explanation. In a hospital birth, it is imperative to assign someone on the birth team (the father, a family member, or the doula) the responsibility to properly store the placenta, so it is not lost or contaminated. As placental stem cells become the predominate source of stem cells in the near future,[2] mothers may need to become more adamant about their rights to their placenta to protect it from hospital confiscation. https://brilliantbirthacademy.com/placenta-encapsulator-certification-course/ [1] Marshall, J, Fraser, D & Baker, P. “An Observational Study to Explore the Power and Effect of the Labor Ward Culture on Consent to Intrapartum Procedures.” International Journal of Childbirth, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2001 pp 82-99. #placentaencapsulation #placenta #placentastemcell
If the medical staff strongly insists that your placenta be sent to pathology, you have the right to refuse. Regardless of what the hospital seems to indicate or even claim outright, they do not have a right to take your placenta any more than they have a right to amputate and take your arm. It is your bodily organ. Once you have notified the hospital (ideally in writing) that you insist upon taking your placenta home with you, any attempts to seize the placenta legally constitutes a ‘trespass to the person’ (i.e., assault and/or battery), since the placenta is in fact, part of your body.[1] In addition to clearly communicating your plan to take your placenta home with you, the best method to protect your placenta from confiscation is to never surrender it in the first place. It is usually much more difficult to get your placenta back from hospital staff than it is to never allow them access in the beginning. Most mothers in home births receive the placenta in a simple large plastic bowl covered with a bag. This method may also be applied in a hospital setting to mitigate all risks for contamination and confiscation. Immediately after the birth, the medical staff will be very busy, and placentas are often sent to pathology in the commotion without consent or any stated explanation. In a hospital birth, it is imperative to assign someone on the birth team (the father, a family member, or the doula) the responsibility to properly store the placenta, so it is not lost or contaminated. As placental stem cells become the predominate source of stem cells in the near future,[2] mothers may need to become more adamant about their rights to their placenta to protect it from hospital confiscation. https://brilliantbirthacademy.com/placenta-encapsulator-certification-course/ [1] Marshall, J, Fraser, D & Baker, P. “An Observational Study to Explore the Power and Effect of the Labor Ward Culture on Consent to Intrapartum Procedures.” International Journal of Childbirth, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2001 pp 82-99. #placentaencapsulation #placenta #placentastemcell