After the birth of Jordan Harrison’s second child, Ezra, she did something different — she ate her placenta.
As the Michigan, Illinois, mother told the Sun, the difference in energy following the births of her first and second child was remarkable:
“I didn’t do anything with my placenta after having my first child, Avery, who is now seven, and the difference between then and this time around was like night and day.
With Ezra, I was so much more energised. Of course, being a parent, there are always hard days, but the difference was amazing in terms of being able to function every day. I never felt exhausted.”
The trend of women consuming their placenta to ward off postpartum depression is not new.
As Dearly previously reported, many celebrities have touted the benefits of consuming the encapsulated afterbirth, though some doctors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) caution against the practice as it can pass harmful pathogens onto the baby.
In one particular instance, a woman had been regularly taking encapsulated placenta pills when her newborn came down with group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia, a serious infection. The mother’s pills were later found to be the source of the bacteria, which she had been passing on to her baby through breastfeeding.
As for Harrison, the mother of two has found such a boon to her health from consuming her placenta that she mixes the dehydrated powder, stored in the freezer for preservation, into smoothies and chocolates for a regular pick-me-up and to reap the nutritional benefits, as placentas are a rich source of iron, the Sun reported.
A doula now trained in processing placentas, Harrison started her own business encapsulating women’s placentas and turning them into treats and gifts.
Harrison reportedly mixes dehydrated placenta powder with cocoa powder, coconut oil, and honey to make chocolate for the new mom. She can also turn a woman’s placenta into art and jewelry by using the powder, according to the Daily Mail.
As she explained:
“It’s fun for people to be able to say that they wear a bit of their placenta every day.”
According to the Sun, Harrison also makes ornaments around the holidays for her own home, using placenta powder mixed with glitter to paint blank ornaments.
Though a small bit of Harrison’s placenta may adorn parts of her house, she maintains the rewards of consuming it:
“The difference I feel since taking them is amazing. With Avery, I suffered quite bad baby blues. It never progressed to postnatal depression, but I haven’t had anything like that with Ezra.”
Harrison told the Sun she was convinced to try placenta encapsulation during her second pregnancy by another mother who completed a course in the subject: “I used to think, ‘You couldn’t pay me to eat a placenta,’ but it’s made such an amazing difference.”