Why Placenta Encapsulation?
Below is a list of reported benefits from consuming your encapsulated placenta:
-Your placenta contains high levels of iron (which helps prevent anemia)
-Hormones found in the placenta help increase levels of oxytocin (this is your “feel good” hormone which helps the mother bond with her newborn and also helps the uterus contract back down to it’s pre-pregnancy size).
-Your placenta has CRH (corticotropin-release hormone). This hormone is responsible for reducing your stress level!
-Reports show that consumption of the placenta increases milk production
-Those who take their placenta report increased energy
-Anecdotal evidence shows that those who encapsulated their placenta reported it as a mood booster
-Consuming your encapsulated placenta is believed to help prevent Postpartum Depression. PPD is linked to a lack of essential nutrients including iron, vitamin B6 and hormones including CRH, all of which the placenta is rich in.
How does the process work?
Our team will be responsible for picking up your placenta once you deliver your baby. Our placenta encapsulation specialist will then clean, steam, and dehydrate the placenta before grinding it into a fine powder and placing it in vegan capsules all while following very strict cleanliness standards. Your placenta will be returned to you within 24-48 hours with dosage and storage instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to have my placenta encapsulated?
Our placenta encapsulation specialist adheres to all OSHA & EPA guidelines regarding bloodborne pathogen transmission, infection prevention, standards for sanitation, and safe food handling. All materials used are thoroughly sterilized between each use, when not disposable.
What if my placenta has calcification, or the doctor says it is "old"?
Calcification, in any amount, is a variation of normal and does not make the placenta unfit for encapsulation.
What is the ideal time frame for encapsulation?
When possible the encapsulation process should begin within 48 hours of the birth. The placenta should be stored in a cooler with ice or in the refrigerator until we pick up the placenta.
If it is not possible to start the process within the first few days following birth, the placenta should be frozen. Double-bag the placenta in gallon-sized zip lock freezer bags. The placenta must be completely thawed before encapsulation, which will take at least 24-48 hours in the refrigerator.
Placentas should not be frozen, thawed, and then refrozen.
What if I give birth earlier or later then my EDD?
We understand that birth is unpredictable and only use your EDD as a guess date on our client calendar. When baby arrives please contact us as planned and we will schedule pick up.
What if I am induced/have a medicated birth/have a cesarean section? Can I still encapsulate my placenta?
Yes, yes, and yes! Your particular birth choices/outcomes do not affect whether or not your placenta can or cannot be encapsulated.
What if I am opting for delayed cord clamping? Can I still encapsulate my placenta?
What if I am opting for cord blood banking/donation? Can I still encapsulate my placenta?
Yes, as long as you are opting for traditional cord blood banking only and not placenta blood banking. You will need to check with the company you are working with for their instructions.
What if I give birth prematurely?
Premature birth does not automatically determine your placenta being unfit for encapsulation. Many doctors will still try to accommodate your wishes to take your placenta and will try to either do a blood test, send only a piece of placenta to pathology, or will only do a bed-side visual examination in order to not have to send the entire placenta to pathology. In some cases, however, the placenta legitimately does need to be sent to pathology in order to determine possible preterm cause. Ultimately it is up to your doctor as to whether or not your placenta will be released.
What if there is meconium staining?
You can still encapsulate even if there is meconium present. Previously it was thought that meconium was sterile, but new research is coming out showing that it is not, and the bacteria present is from your own natural flora. As we follow USDA food standards and use the application of heat, meconium is not a problem and does not make the placenta unfit for encapsulation.
What if I tested positive for Group B Strep (GBS)?
You can still encapsulate if you test positive for Group B Strep during pregnancy. Being Group B Strep Positive (GBS+) does not mean you have an active infection. It simply means you have a colonization. Group B Strep alone is not a contraindication for encapsulation and testing in pregnancy does not necessarily determine actual status at time of delivery.
What if I get a fever in labor?
Fever does not always equal infection, and is most commonly associated with epidurals administered during labor. If you have a fever with no other symptoms for only a few hours before birth then it is unlikely that the placenta is infected in any way and your care provider will most likely still deem your placenta fit for encapsulation. Your care provider can also determine if true infection is suspected by how the placenta looks, feels, and smells along with any other symptoms (or lack thereof) in both yourself and your baby.
How long can a placenta be stored in the freezer before encapsulation?
Placentas that have been properly frozen (double-bagged and protected from freezer-burn) can be encapsulated up to six months after the birth.
How long can I keep the pills?
The pills can be stored in the fridge for six months and stored in the freezer indefinitely. Many women choose to freeze the capsules and save them for future difficult transitions, such as during your monthly cycle and even menopause.
What if I am a vegetarian/vegan?
It is not a problem as we use only vegetarian capsules that do not contain animal gelatin.
Are herbs included in the finished capsules?
No. Your capsules are 100% your placenta. It is recommended that if a mother needs herbal supplementation it is done separately so proper usage can be maintained.
How do I know I will not receive someone else's placenta?
We take extreme care to keep our placenta encapsulation service as safe as available. Only one placenta is ever prepared at a time, allowing for the necessary time and effort to thoroughly sanitize all equipment and workspace, so there is never a chance of an accidental switch or any cross contamination of any kind.
What type of supplies are used and how are they sanitized?
The supplies used during the placenta encapsulation process are all stainless steel, food grade plastic, or disposable. Disposable barriers are also utilized during the placenta preparation process to reduce contact with non-disposable tools as well. Everything is thoroughly washed with soap and hot water and then disinfected in a bleach solution. Disinfectants, such as bleach, destroy or irreversibly inactivate all specified organisms within a certain time, usually 10+ minutes. We prepare in a dedicated work space to ensure the area is kept clean.
How many capsules will I receive?
It depends on the size of your placenta. Typically, women receive 75-200 pills.
Are there side effects when taking placenta pills? Is it dangerous?
Side effects are very minimal with only a few reporting a feeling of dizziness (likely from the hormone levels) or jitteriness. Otherwise there are no dangerous side effects from consuming your own placenta.
You never want to consume someone else's placenta as you have an increased risk of transmitting bloodborn diseases