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She has more energy and an abundant milk supply. "I know your second baby is supposed to be easier," she said. "I’m sure that has something to do with it, but I definitely notice the difference."
Amy Coffield said her placenta saved her life.
Human consumption of placentas is a modern practice that appears to have arisen with the home-birthing movement. Popularized by celebrities such as “Mad Men” star January Jones and Kim Kardashian, it is capturing the imagination of mainstream America.
The 28-year-old was still suffering from postpartum depression with her middle child when she became pregnant with a third. "I never wanted to hurt my kids, but all I could think about was dying," she said of the depression that lasted through her pregnancy.
Four weeks after her baby was born and she started taking her placenta pills, however, Coffield said she "felt completely fine. I was happy, enjoying my kids and managing my duties as a mom and wife. I had no idea life could be this wonderful."
She and her husband are making a documentary about placenta encapsulation, and she recently attended one of Curtis’ encapsulation training seminars.
Curtis welcomes regulation of the industry. Encapsulators aren’t currently monitored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because they provide a service, not a product.
"This is not some crazy fad," she said, "or something that burns out in a couple of years."
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