As a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist I love what I do. It is absolutely an honor being able to provide moms and families with the opportunity for a healthier and happier postpartum. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t still difficult to share with others what I do. There are a lot of skeptics out there or people that have never heard of placenta encapsulation. Today a women who had had home births and planted her placentas under trees in her back yard described placenta encapsulation as “just a little too crunchy”. Honestly, even when I first heard of it I thought it was weird. But it’s not. It’s a natural process that we as mothers were meant to do and that is the point that needs to get across above everything else.
So, how do you tell someone that you are encapsulating your placenta without a “You’re crazy!” response? It’s simple: share the facts first.
When given a list of items or points the human brain can only retain the first 3 or 4 items. It may hear the other points but the brain filters that information as less important. Use this to your advantage. Don’t mention anything about your placenta until number 5 or later and list only the benefits or facts in the first 4 items. For example:
Is not a great idea to end with the kicker either. They are more likely to filter is a crucial information if it is at the end. Add a few more points to your exclamation at this point.
This process of telling others what I do has worked very well. It’s not full proof. There are still many people that will only hear “I am EATING my PLACENTA!” no matter how you phrase it and there’s not much you can do about that.
Placenta encapsulation has such awesome benefits for a healthy postpartum and the more people that see that the better. In our Western Culture the concept is still so foreign and it can be difficult for some to get past what they view as the weird factor. By presenting the facts and benefits first you are giving others the opportunity to see how amazing placenta encapsulation can be!