A BANBRIDGE woman is offering local women a new service to have their placentas turned into healing capsules, smoothies, tinctures or other remedies. Hazel Mayger recently trained with IPEN (Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network) to become Northern Ireland’s very first Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.
Hazel said, “People are often shocked to think of women eating their own placentas, but many cultures have been practicing this for centuries and other mammals have been benefiting from the healing power of placenta by eating it raw after birth since the dawn of time.”
Placenta Encapsulation has become a growing trend across the world for many years and has recently been made popular by celebrities such as January Jones, who had her placenta encapsulated after birth, and Arsenal football player Robin Van Persie who used placenta remedies to aid recovery from a torn ankle ligament in Serbia.
Hazel, who lives in Banbridge and currently works across the province as The Belfast Doula - a birth and postnatal doula - offering emotional and physical support and education to couples before, during and after the birth of their babies.
She said, “As a trained nutritionist and birth preparation teacher it seemed only natural that I would branch into Placenta Encapsulation.
“As a mum of four myself I have experienced every difficulty and joy associated with giving birth and I wish that I had known about the benefits of placenta consumption after my own births.
“My aim is to give new mums in Northern Ireland the opportunity to experience a more positive post-birth experience with the help of their placenta, as mothers across the UK and the rest of the world have been doing for years.”
Hazel uses both the TCM and raw methods of encapsulation to make her capsules, steaming the placenta then dehydrating it and grinding it down into a powder form to be encapsulated. Parents also receive a placenta print and an umbilical cord keepsake as a lifetime’s reminder of the magic of life and birth.
Anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of placenta encapsulation can visit NIPlacenta.com for more information on the services offered to women in Northern Ireland. To contact Hazel directly with any enquiries visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.