Placenta Encapsulation  $200

What is Placenta Encapsulation

  Placenta Encapsulation is when when we take the placenta after its finished doing its first job of nourishing your baby and helping it grow and thrive. Then giving it another use by safely preparing it in a way that allows it to be put into capsules, these can be swallowed like a pill.

Why would someone want to consume their placenta?

The placenta contains high levels of prostaglandin which stimulates involution (a shrinking or return to a former size) of the uterus. The placenta also contains small amounts of oxytocin which eases birth stress and causes the smooth muscles around the mammary cells to contract and eject milk.  Proponents also believe it can help prevent postpartum depression, it may help with pain control, replace depleted iron and improve breastmilk supply.

The Consumption of the placenta, also known as placentophagy, is a practice that dates way back into ancient times and is still common place in certain cultures today. Also most placental mammals participate in placentophagy.

How is it prepared?

 There are two ways, I tend use the Traditional Chinese Method it is the most common method used by placenta encapsulators.

The process is as follows: the placenta is first gently cleaned and then steamed with lemon and ginger. Once it has cooled, it is dehydrated at 105 degrees for 8-12 hours, finely ground and then placed into capsules

The other method is raw encapsulation for those who desire it.

This method is different from the traditional method in that the placenta is not steamed or cooked in any way before dehydrating it for 24 hours.  The dosage is similar but mothers who utilize this method often report a quicker and intense energy burst after taking these placenta pills.

*There are however, some situations where raw encapsulation would not be ideal, like if the mother had a suspected infection during labor or has a history of anxiety, insomnia or hyperthyroidism.*

How many capsules will I receive?

  The number of capsules really depends on size of your placenta and its usable portion. However a placenta will be larger the longer the gestation. Placentas from multiples will produce more capsules than from singletons. But even given that, there is a great variance in how many capsules a mom receives.

I have seen the amount be anywhere from 60-200.

How do I get my placenta from the hospital?

- Contact your hospital to confirm that they have a placenta release form on file. Many local hospitals are accommodating due to the increasing number of requests for placenta release. If your hospital has a release form on file in L&D, obtaining your placenta following birth shouldn’t be a problem. However ff your hospital does NOT have a placenta release form on file, please contact me to discuss further options

​- Make sure to inform your medical provider (Doctor or Nurse Midwife) that you wish to take your placenta home, be sure to list it in your Birth Plan and give your plan to the Labor and Delivery when you go into labor.

​-Right after baby's arrival your partner or Doula should remind the care provider and nurses about saving the placenta. It should be placed into a specimen container after the care provider has examined it. The placed in iced cooler. I HIGHLY recommend keeping an eye on it to ensure that your placenta isn’t removed from your room or accidentally disposed of.

​- Contact me after you have your placenta at home and in your refrigerator so I can come as soon as possible to make your capsules.

I have my Capsules, now what?

  I will give you instructions on how to take your capsules.

It's a good idea to store your capsules in your freezer for a longer shelf life.

*You should NEVER take your placenta if you have an  illnesses or infection in which a woman should stop taking her capsules are: colds, sinus infections, flu and mastitis. Once symptoms of the infection have cleared, the woman may start taking her capsules again.

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