Placenta Encapsulation - FAQS
Why should I take encapsulated placenta?
Placenta is extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6 and of course, your own natural hormones, making it perfectly made for you, by you. Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones, and reintroducing them to your system may ease hormonal fluctuations. A natural adrenal enhancer, it replenishes your energy and your emotional and physical reserves. Placenta also eases the emotional rollercoaster of the early postpartum period, increases breast milk production and decreases postpartum bleeding. Encapsulation provides all the benefits of placenta without unusual tastes or smells, and preserves the placenta’s medicinal properties, ensuring many weeks of hormonal support. Some women save their placenta capsules for later in life, to ease the transition to menopause.
What method do you use to encapsulate placenta?
I normally steam the placenta lightly prior to dehydrating it and grinding into powder for encapsulation. This method is said to produce a "slow and steady" building of energy for post partum mothers. Research suggests that steaming the placenta makes the nutrients more bio-available, and better absorbed by your body. The encapsulation process involves cleaning, steaming, drying, grinding and encapsulating the placenta in vegan capsules. This process is done at my home, and each vegan capsule is hand filled; not machine filled. The number of capsules produced by your placenta depends on the size and density of your placenta.
How should my placenta be handled before you take it for encapsulation from a home birth?
If you call me and it is agreed that I can begin the process within 24 hours of the birth then it is fine in the refrigerator. It should be stored, in a double freezer bag (gallon size), in the back of the refrigerator where the temperature remains more constant than by the door.
What if I am birthing in the hospital or birthing center?
If you are having a hospital birth, tell your provider ahead of time (or note it in your birth preference plan) that you will bring your placenta home, and request that it remain untainted by chemicals or fixing agents. Each hospital has their own Placenta Release Form, which you will need to sign. Please bring 2 gallon-size freezer bags with you to the hospital or birth center. For transporting your placenta please do one of the following: request the staff place it in the biohazard bags or in a small sealed plastic tub; or you can place it in the freezer bags and bring them home in your own ice-filled cooler.
How many capsules should I take each day?
I recommend 1 capsule, 2 times a day for the first 2 -3 weeks; thereafter, 1 capsule a day. If you find the increase in your energy too much or too little, adjust the dosage to your personal needs.
How long will the pills be “good” for?
Store the pills in the back of the refrigerator once you stop taking them, until you need them again. Ingesting your encapsulated placenta is an excellent hormonal support for PMS and menopause.
How do I make arrangements for my placenta?
If you are interested in having your placenta encapsulated, please try to contact me by your 38th week of pregnancy. Depending on where you live, you can either drop the placenta off at my home in NW Washington, DC or I can pick it up at your home or birth setting. I prefer to receive the placenta within 24 hours after you give birth. I can leave you a portion to keep for use in a smoothie while I encapsulate the rest. My goal is to return your encapsulated placenta within 72 hours after I receive it.