Placenta Encapsulation

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What is Placenta Encapsulation?

Placenta consumption has been around for centuries but has grown hugely in popularity recently as women become more educated and aware of natural and effective alternatives for common complaints. The postpartum hormone drop is considered the single largest sudden hormone change to occur at any point in a woman’s life. To make this drop less dramatic, consuming minor doses of those hormones such as those in the encapsulated placenta has been noted to help women have a smoother transition post-birth.

Mums who encapsulate their placenta report: 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Placenta encapsulation is the process where a placenta is processed into pills that can be taken postpartum.  It’s one of a few different ways to eat the placenta, and by far the most popular.  Many women opt for a small part of their placenta to be made into a tincture too.  This is a unique potion made from alcohol which gives it an indefinite shelf life when cared for properly.  A few drops can be taken when needed and is considered a real rescue remedy.  A great back up for when you have finished your placenta pills.

The custom of consuming the placenta is centuries old.  Placentas have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) since the 1500s.  This is longer than modern medicine has existed.  In recent years it has been gaining popularity again at a rapid rate as more and more women share their positive experiences. 

The placenta is a temporary organ created by the body during pregnancy. The placenta delivers nutrients and oxygen to your developing baby and is full of vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, and iron.  The placenta is also hormone rich with progesterone and estrogen.   With the exception of a few species, all mammals consume their placenta after giving birth.  Some speculate that this is due to the nutritional benefits that consuming a placenta can offer after having a baby.  Anecdotal evidence on placenta consumption in human beings is overwhelmingly positive.  Placenta pills are non-addictive and non-habit forming as they contain only your own hormones.  Mother Nature’s very own vitamin pill, made uniquely for you.

Placenta encapsulation is the practice of making your placenta into pills so it can then be consumed conveniently without taste or smell. 

 

Depending on the method you choose, your placenta will first be steamed for around 30 minutes.  Some women might like lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper added to the steaming liquid for its warming and nourishing effects.  Next, it is dehydrated in a food grade dehydrator for around 18 hours before being ground into a fine powder ready for encapsulation.  Some women choose the ‘raw’ method which is essentially the same but without the steaming step.  The raw method is said to provide a stronger energy and the TCM a softer energy.

 

The placenta encapsulation process is typically initiated as soon as possible after birth and always within 12 hours. 

The umbilical cord can also be placed in the dehydrator to make a unique keepsake.

There is little evidence-based information available regarding the positive effects of placenta encapsulation.  The anecdotal reports, however, are overwhelmingly positive and data in one study has demonstrated that following the preparation process, hormones do remain present.  There are no large, randomised studies that suggest any associated risks with placenta consumption.

The reported benefits of placenta encapsulation include a decrease in postpartum mood disorders, increased production of oxytocin, a decrease in stress hormones and an increased milk supply.  Anecdotal reports also show an increase in energy and less fatigue in women who have chosen placenta encapsulation.  This increase in energy is thought to be in part derived from iron which is a vital element in postpartum health and known to be present in moderate quantities in placenta pills.

We desperately need human research and studies on placenta consumption, especially since so many women find similar outcomes after birth.  Up to 80% of women experience the baby blues within the first week of birth. Women who consume their placenta report fewer emotional issues and a more enjoyable postpartum.

Each individual must evaluate the potential benefits verses the potential risks to decide whether or not placenta encapsulation is right for them.

You can begin taking the capsules as soon as you receive them.  Take 1-2 capsules three times per day for the first 2 weeks.  Gradually reduce from week three.

Listen to your body and adjust accordingly. 

You can expect to receive around 100-200 capsules depending on the size of your placenta.  Enough to get you through that initial postpartum period.

Store them in a cool dry place.  A dark cupboard at room temperature should suffice in most climates.  If your home is very warm, you may prefer to keep them in the fridge.  Don’t let them get wet as they will dissolve.  They can be frozen for storage if you want to use them for balancing hormones at another time.  

This a situation where we would be unable to offer encapsulation.  The heavy metals that remain in the placenta of smokers makes it unsuitable for consumption.

Swallowing your placenta capsule is the same as taking any other capsule and is essentially tasteless. 

Absolutely!  Birthing in the water is an amazing way to bring your baby into the world.  There is no issue with encapsulating the placenta following waterbirth if there are no other contraindications.

If you are in the Gold Coast, I will collect your placenta following the birth from wherever you are.  If you are more than a 30-minute drive GCUH, a small surcharge will be added depending on KMs travelled

If you birth overnight, I will collect your placenta shortly after 0700am.  It will be returned to you fully prepared the following morning.

If you have a virus such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV then I will be unable to process your placenta. 

If you have a proven infection that may be related to the uterus then I am unable to process your placenta.

If you are a smoker, I am unable to process your placenta.

I have a dedicated space for placenta processing.  Rigorous cleanliness and safety standards are maintained throughout and only one placenta is ever processed at a time so there is no chance of mix ups.  Following the steaming and/or dehydrating steps there are no bacteria left in the placenta and they are perfectly safe for consumption.

Yes, I’m fully insured with the International Institute of Complementary Therapies for combined professional indemnity and public & products liability insurance.

Yes, I’m proud to have completed my training and be certified with the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts.  It is the most comprehensive placenta training in the world and involves countless hours of research and study.  Their education program covers all aspects of safety and sanitation when preparing placentas as well as certification in bloodborne diseases.