Is consuming my placenta safe?
For most people- YES! Your baby grew the placenta and it is genetically linked to you. As long as you do not have any contraindications, your placenta is not only safe for you to ingest, but for anyone who is genetically linked to your baby. That means you, dad, grandparents, and siblings are all safely allowed to consume or use any of the placenta products.
When should my placenta not be encapsulated?
It is generally unsafe to consume any product made from a placenta that has an infection. This is called Chorioamnionitis. Other than that, there are very few times that it would be unsafe for your placenta to be encapsulated and consumed. If you have any health concerns that you feel may cause concern for your placenta to be encapsulated, please let me know, and we can make sure you are a good candidate.
Where will you encapsulate my placenta?
I only encapsulate placentas in my client's homes. This is due to the fact that I do not have a separate dedicated work space to safely work with your placenta in my own home. There are many benefits to having it done in your home. By having a birth professional come into your home in the first few days after birth, you will have support for breastfeeding questions, newborn questions, and someone who is willing to answer any questions friends or family members may have about the process or product. I am also able to give references out if you need additional help with baby care, breastfeeding, or any other post-partum care needs. My service is not simply a product that shows up, but a full complete service to serve all your immediate needs.
How will I get my placenta to you?
All you need to do is bring your placenta home with you from your birth place. If your birth location desires the placenta be removed prior to your release, you may simply ask a friend or family member to take it home for you and place it in the refrigerator. You will need to have a small cooler to place the placenta in. Most hospitals will place the placenta into a plastic tub, so the cooler needs to be able to hold the tub. Choose a mid-size cooler, like what you would see for organ transplant. Please make sure you take 2 gallon sized freezer bags with you as well in case your birth location does not use the tubs. Once you have the placenta home and in the back of your refrigerator, I will come and start the process. Since I do not encapsulate in my own home, you never have to worry if I am unable to get to you within a few hours after birth.
How long does the process take?
The process to encapsulate your placenta will take 2 days, and I will need access to your kitchen for only 1-2 hours on each day. On the first day, I will prepare your placenta to be dehydrated using the method you choose. If you desire any art prints, those will be done on the first day prior to processing the placenta. Any additional tinctures, salves, or essences will be started on this day as well. Once the placenta has been prepared, and is in the dehydrator, I will sanitize everything and leave. The dehydrating process will take 24 hours to complete. The next day I will return to finish your capsules. The placenta will be ground up and put into the capsules of your choice. Any essence or salve will be completed, the work area will be sanitized once again, and your placenta pills will be ready for you.
Do I need to watch you encapsulate?
No. In fact you don't even need to be home! If you have a family member or friend who is able to let me into your home, the whole process can be started before you even get home. If you are home, you may choose to watch the process or not. It is entirely up to you. Feel fee to ask questions, watch the process, take a nap, or snuggle your baby while I am there. I will work as quickly and quietly as I can to ensure your comfort.
Will I be able to smell anything?
The placenta itself usually does not have a smell. If it's foul, its gone bad and I won't use it. During the dehydration process, few people have reported a slight odor very close to the dehydrator, but it was not unpleasant. The Chinese Method smells of lemon and ginger simmering, with a meat undertone. The placenta powder does have a slight smell, but you would have to be right on top of it to smell it.
How many capsules should I get?
It can vary from placenta to placenta on how many capsules it will yield. Typically, you can expect anywhere from 120-200+ capsules. I use size 0 capsules which tend to give a higher amount of capsules per placenta since they are smaller and easier to swallow. Your dosing information will be given appropriately for the size capsule I use.
How long will it take before I run out?
How long your placenta pills last will depend on many factors. Some moms find they need more pills in the beginning, or will use them for a longer amount of time. Generally, you should expect your supply to last a few weeks to months. If you are looking for long-term use, as in to use for menopause relief, please consider a tincture, which is made for a long life and will provide the lasting results you desire for many years to come.
What are the differences between raw and steamed?
The raw method of placenta encapsulation may not kill all the bacteria which may be on the placenta. This actually can be a good thing, as it contains helpful gut bacteria. The raw method will yield a higher number of capsules as well.
The steamed method is cooked, as well as dehydrated, so all the bacteria is killed. The yield is smaller, but that is due the removal of a lot of the excess blood. during the steaming process. Once steamed, many mothers enjoy drinking the broth, pouring it over rice, or putting it in their food. This gives you an additional method to receiving the benefits of the placenta. The traditional steamed method uses lemon, ginger, and pepper while steaming the placenta, but they are not included inside the pills. Even so, if you have any food allergies, you may choose not to have one or more of these herbs added to the steaming process.
As a trained professional placenta encapsulator, I take the highest care to ensure your safety and to maintain the integrity of your pills. To the left you will see many of the most common questions people ask about the process of encapsulation. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and ask. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the process, safety, or anything else you many need to know.