Placenta Encapsulation: $250
Non-refundable deposit of $50 to secure services
Local collections in the Northwest Ohio area, include hospital or home pick up, safe transportation & chilling of your placenta, preparation of your capsules and delivery back to you.
Medical Uses of the Placenta
Scientists have discovered that the placenta contains hormones that inhibit stress and trigger the release of endorphins. It is also believed that placenta remedies after birth cause women to heal faster, feel stronger and happier (less mood swings due to the hormone regulation. A mature placenta contains a high level of oxytocin (often called the love hormone). Women whose milk lacks ocytocin because of toxemia, gallbladder disease or a stressful birth, can make up for it by using a placenta remedy.
There are regulations surrounding the medical use of placenta in counties around the world such as China, the EU, Japan, Cuba, Russia, and Mexico. There are numerous uses that scientists and medical professionals employ – from the more common hormone regulation to the treatment of cancer, AIDS, and MS, and many things in between. The United States (and Canada), however, have no recognition whatsoever of placenta medicine, either in pop culture or in law.
Numerous Methods to Prepare the Placenta
I will discuss your temperament with you to determine the best method of preparation and also your intention or hopes that encapsulation will bring you. There are several different ways that traditional cultures have utilized their placenta for medical purposes – from an buccal applications immediately after birth to reduce bleeding, a compress, drink in a smoothie, take encapsulated in a powdered capsule, or eat withing a soup. For those of us in North American culture who may be “icked out” by the very thought of consuming or using the placenta for any reason, the dehydrated and encapsulated form is easiest. There are other rituals involving the placenta such as a "lotus birth" or planting the placenta in the earth.
There is some controversy among Christian circles claiming that consuming your own placenta amounts to cannibalism and is therefore forbidden by scripture, however research into both sides of this issue has found that to be a completely uncompelling argument.
For one thing, cannibalism is defined as consuming human flesh from a dead person. The placenta is not medically considered to be flesh (which is usually defined as muscle and fat, of which the placenta is neither), and more importantly does not involve murder. For an excellent discussion of the theological and philosophical considerations of this practice, see this post from another blogger that I found during my research.
Placenta Encapsulation FAQ
What do I need to buy to bring to the hospital?
1. Three, large ziploc freezer bags
2. One collapsable, softside lunchbag/box
Place your placenta in one of the ziplock bags. Place ice in the other two ziploc bags and make a placenta sandwich (lol!). Place all bags inside the lunchbox
If I have a medicated birth or cesarean section birth can I still have my placenta encapsulated?
Are there any circumstances when it would not be possible to use the placenta for encapsulation or other placenta remedies?
Yes, if your placenta has been sent to pathology in hospital for any reason I cannot make your placenta into capsules because it may have been contaminated while in the pathology lab.
**I also do not recommend using your placenta for encapsulation if your placenta has not been stored properly after birth.
If you are on any other type of medication during your pregnancy you should consult your or midwife or doctor before deciding on placenta encapsulation.
What if I have HIV or Hepatitis
I am unable to process your placenta for encapsulation if you have an existing bloodborne infection or disease. You must sign a contract stating you do not have HIV or Hepatitis.
What if I am Strep-B positive or have an infection and need antibiotics, will I still be able to use my placenta?
Yes, however ---Strep-B, GBS or any other vaginal infection requires you request only Traditional Chinese Medicine capsules only. What does this mean? Your placenta must be steamed before encapsulation to ensure the bacteria from your infection is killed before dehydrating your placenta. This is legitimate medical information backed up with a microbial study.
What if I give birth prematurely?
Yes, so long as your placenta is released to you and not sent to the pathology lab there is no problem.
I want to donate my baby’s cord blood. Will I still be able to have my placenta made into capsules?
Yes, you can do both. The placenta should be put into your designated placenta container after birth and stored safely in a cooler. The umbilical cord should then be stored in a separate container awaiting collection from the company of your choice.
How do I store my placenta safely after birth?
Your placenta should be put into a clean leak proof container after birth. Keep your placenta between 0-8 degrees C after birth using ice packs and cooler bag and transfer the placenta to the back portion of a refrigerator as soon as possible. You should contact me soon after your birth to ensure your placenta is collected within 48 hours. If this is not an option, you can place it a freezer safe bag and put it in the freezer. I will pick it up when the time is convenient for you
How long can I store my placenta in the fridge or freezer for before using it?
Placentas can be stored in the fridge for up to 72 hours. If for some reason you don't meet this time frame then it can be transferred to a freezer. When the time is right for you, I can pick it up. The placenta will then need to be thawed thoroughly in a refrigerator for 24 hours before encapsulating.
As soon as I have given birth can I keep my placenta and decide to have it encapsulated later?
Yes. See above information about freezing. You can also store your placenta in the freezer for up to a year.
Can I do delayed cord clamping if using my placenta for encapsulation?
YES! I highly recommend all mothers to choose delayed cord clamping for the benefit of their newborn. Delayed cord clamping involves leaving the umbilical cord intact for at least 3-10 minutes after birth, or at the bare minimum until it stops pulsing. During this time the cord is still pumping up to 150ml of iron and stem cell rich blood to your baby which has been scientifically proven to have lifelong benefits to your baby. Delayed cord clamping does not affect placenta encapsulation in any way.
I have heard the placenta is full of waste and may contain toxins, is this true?
Your placenta acted as the life supply for your baby during pregnancy and if it were full of toxins this would make a very dangerous organ for your baby to be fed from; in fact, it is not possible for the placenta to be ‘full of waste’. The placenta acted as a passage for nutrient supply to your baby, waste from your baby was passed back to your body to be filtered through your organs. There are small amounts of heavy metals in the placenta however scientifically proven these levels are no greater than normal levels of heavy metals found the body and in mother’s colostrum and breast milk.
What if meconium were present in the amniotic fluid?
While meconium can be very dangerous to your baby if it is inhaled, meconium itself is mostly sterile and will be rinsed away from the placenta during the normal preparation process making encapsulation.
How is the placenta prepared for placenta encapsulation; ie, put into pills?
Placenta specialists like myself, prepare placenta capsules from your placenta with no added ingredients, herbs or supplements. This process is completed in my home in the highest standard possible, within sterile conditions. I work with the intention of preserving the energy and nutrients of the placenta which nourished your baby and will now nourish you. All tools and equipment used are sterilized and used only for this purpose.
The placenta is steamed with lemon, ginger and chili peppers (added to the water only) according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recipes (Raw Encapsulation skips this process)
The placenta is dehydrated using a high-quality food dehydrator or oven for 8-20 hours until completely dry.
The dried placenta is ground into a powder and put into empty size ‘O’ vegetarian capsules.
What is the difference between the RAW method and Traditional Chinese Medicine method for encapsulation?
Unlike the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) preparation of the placenta, when processing a placenta raw we do not steam the placenta during the process. For the RAW method, you simply skip the steaming process. This method follows the general “Raw Foods” rule that nothing should be heated beyond 40 degrees C (118 degrees F) where enzymes may be destroyed.
Within the ayurvedic approach to placenta consumption, the fist 24 hours after birth is considered a "cooling' phase. The RAW method would be in alignment with this time period whereas the steaming and use of lemon, ginger and chili peppers add "warmth" which is needed 48 hours after giving birth.
Aren’t the hormones contained in the placenta actually destroyed during the cooking process used when preparing TCM capsules?
To some extent the heat process when preparing TCM capsules may affect the stem cells, enzymes, hormones and B vitamins but to what degree is unknown. Minerals such as iron are not damaged by heat and there may be minimal damage to other nutrients found in the placenta.
What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation?
Placenta pills give a new mother the chance to benefit from her placenta for months after birth and have shown to have incredible benefits to energy levels, normalize breast milk supply and decrease the hormonal imbalance associated with post-partum depression. There is currently no scientific evidence at this time to suggest the placenta pills are or are not beneficial. Placenta encapsulation specialists rely on personal experiences, anecdotal evidence and testimonials from new mothers who reveal placenta encapsulation was the key to their speedy recovery and well being.
What other ingredients are in the placenta capsules and are they suitable for me as I’m a vegetarian?
I do not include any other ingredients when preparing placenta capsules. When preparing Traditional Chinese Medicine style capsules, I steam the placenta with lemon (for grounding), ginger (for circulation) and chilli (for heat) which are added to the water when steaming. I only use vegetarian capsules for encapsulation.
Do the capsules smell or taste of anything?
Placenta capsules may have a slight taste of meat however if swallowed quickly most clients will not notice any taste or smell. If you find your capsules begin to smell or taste unusually bad I recommend you stop taking them.
How should I store my placenta capsules?
TCM placenta capsules can be stored in a glass jar in a cold, dark place for 6 months OR transferred to a freezer for later use. *It is very important that raw dried placenta capsules are consumed within 6 months.
How big are the capsules?
I use size ’0′ capsules. These measure roughly 2cm in length and 0.7cm in width.
How many capsules will my placenta make?
Placentas make between 90-300 capsules depending on the type of method you choose and the size of your placenta. Steaming causes the placenta to shrink and the yield is them smaller than the raw method. Typically you will consume 3-4 capsules daily/
How long should I take my placenta capsules for?
You can take your placenta capsules for as long as you feel you need them.
I’m not so sure my placenta capsules are working, how will I know?
This question gets asked a lot by first time mom's and I always say you will just know!!! If you skip a day or forget to take them you will know the difference.
Can my family members take my placenta capsules?
No one else should consume your placenta capsules; however, there will be no harm to immediate family members if someone were to take them.
Will I experience any side effects when taking my placenta capsules?
It is important to discuss your individual temperment with me. For example, if you normally run COLD you would not want the TCM method prepared for you, alternatively cold blooded people want the TCM method. I cannot guarantee any specific results with placenta capsules or any other placenta remedy, the reported beneficial effects are plentiful but not guaranteed. Store your placenta capsules properly, avoiding taking the capsules when ill, and avoid taking more than the recommended dose will reduce your chances of experiencing negative side effects.
Very rarely, less than 2% of consumers have reported some side effects when taking their placenta capsules listed below:
Mild headaches -possibly taking too many capsules a day, reduce amount to just 1 or 2.
Stomach cramping or abdominal pain -improper storage of capsules.
Stomach cramping for those also taking iron supplements. You should not take iron supplements and placenta capsules at the same time.
Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) sufferers feel less relief (possibly due to the high level of relaxin hormone in the placenta, which is the cause of PGP)
Unexplained lack of milk production -most likely not related but every woman is different.
Emotional symptoms similar to PMS