Sorca - Crescent Moon Australia | Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation is becoming more common in Western society but did you know, ingestion of the placenta has been part of Chinese medicine for centuries? So what exactly is placenta encapsulation? And what are the benefits? We talk to Sorca from Crescent Moon Australia who explains the process of placenta encapsulation and how you can benefit from ingesting your own placenta.

Hi Sorca. Thanks for being part of the Mums & Bubs Wellness Series. We are super excited to talk to you today. Firstly, can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

I'm Sorca. I am a mama to a feisty yet sensitive daughter and wife to my king in life and love. I am also a midwife. For over a decade, I have been developing and nurturing a deep calling to work with women in a holistic, feminine way that meets ancient wisdom.

What is placenta encapsulation? 

Placenta encapsulation is using the mama's own placenta, processing it to a fine powder and putting it into capsules for the mama to ingest postnatally.

What lead you to this business?

I heard of placenta encapsulation when I was a student midwife. The plan was always to add this service to my midwifery practice. It wasn't until I chose to use my placenta as part of my postnatal healing, did I commit to studying and beginning my business.

Do you often get negative reactions to what you do because it’s “out of the norm”? 

No, I wouldn't say negative. Everyone is genuinely curious and interested to know how it all works and why women choose to ingest their placenta.

What are the benefits/why would you recommend it?

What we know from the limited research available, is that women report increased breast milk, increased iron which correlates to energy and healing, and decreased postnatal mood disorders. I believe it's not for everyone and will never push the option, but if a woman feels drawn to it for whatever reason, then I recommend it.

Why should Mums get professionals to process their placentas, rather than doing it themselves? 

Professionals have the equipment and experience to process and prepare encapsulation quickly and thoroughly. In Australia, we have a guiding association, Placenta Services Australia, that ensures placenta encapsulators are up to date with food safety, blood borne pathogen and infection control certification.

Is there any reading you recommend for pregnant women interested in Placenta Encapsulation? 

I really like Sara Wickham's website for birthy information. She is a midwife and researcher, so is amazing at interpreting the evidence. Her article Pondering Placentophagy is a well balanced article. I also have written some blog posts on my website on all things placenta. 

Did you encapsulate your own placenta? What benefits did you personally notice? 

I did! I chose to use my placenta for my own postpartum healing journey. As it was my first baby, I have no comparison available, however I do have an interesting story. About two weeks after my birth, I began bleeding heavily and passing clots. In hindsight, a small remnant of my membranes was still retained. I felt dizzy and light headed so decided to call my midwife immediately. She recommended I take six placenta capsules. Within about one min, my bleeding had dramatically decreased and I felt better.

What packages do you offer? 

I offer three packages, each package including placenta encapsulation. There are add ons such as a placenta blood print, umbilical cord keepsake or tincture.

If our readers want to find out more about, which I highly recommend they do, where can they connect with you? 

My website I am also adding childbirth mentorship to my services later this year.

We like to finish all our interviews with the same question. If you were only able to leave one piece of advice for mums and mums-to-be out there, what would it be? 

Listen to your inner voice. That mama instinct. Intuition. Gut feeling. Whatever you choose to call it. Lean in to it, because only you know your body and your baby in completeness. It won't steer you wrong!

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