Placenta
Encapsulation


Placenta Encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby. I follow the TCM (Traditional Chinese Method) preparation which involves the placenta being rinsed, the membranes separated and the umbilical cord removed. The placenta is then steamed and dehydrated. After the dehydration process the placenta is then ground into a fine powder and placed into capsules for the mother to ingest. The ingestion of the placenta is known as “placentophagy”.The purpose of placentophagy is to reintroduce beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins and other nutrients to her body following labour and delivery that experts say are retained in the placenta. Taking these placenta capsules can help to restore balanced body function, help to prevent the ‘baby blues’, ward off post-partum depression, aid in the production of breast milk, promote healing, increase energy levels and provide an overall easier transition from pregnancy to the post-partum period.

The placenta is composed of many healing properties. The known ingredients are:

Prolactin

For the promotion of lactation and aids in bringing in mother’s milk

Oxytocin

For decreasing pain and increasing bonding between mother and infant. Promotes let-down reflex in breastfeeding

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

For energy boosts and support in recovery from stressful events

Cortisone

For the reduction of inflammation and swelling, to promote healing

Hemoglobin

Oxygen carrying protein aids in replenishing iron post-partum, increasing energy and decreasing fatigue. Iron deficiency and anemia are a very common condition after the birth of a baby.

Prostaglandins

Helps the uterus contract after birth. Helps the uterus to return to pre-pregnancy size. Have anti-inflammatory effects.

Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII

Stops bleeding and enhances wound healing

Interferon

Triggers the immune system in protecting and fighting infection

Service Includes:

- Pick up of your placenta (s) within Victoria (Pickup available anywhere within the CRD)

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Placenta preparations and encapsulation process

- Amber glass jars are provided for storage of the completed capsules

- Written instructions for proper storage and handling.

- Suggestions for ingestion amounts

-Drop off at home or hospital of your capsules

-**Digital photos of your placenta can also be provided upon request

Birthing Your Way Victoria fees for Placenta Encapsulation are $180

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FAQ

Can I still encapsulate my placenta if I am induced, have a medicated birth or have a cesarean section?

Yes, absolutely. These birth outcomes do not affect whether or not your placenta can be encapsulated. Women who have had epidural, pain medications and/or cesarean sections are all eligible candidates for placenta encapsulation and will receive the same benefits as those who have not had any of the above.

What if my placenta needs to be sent to pathology?

It’s very rare that your placenta will need to be sent to pathology. In the event that this happens you can ask for your care provider to do a visual exam in the delivery room, or that a small piece be sent to pathology instead of the entire placenta. If you have let your care provider know before your birth that you are wanting to take your placenta with you, then more times than not they are willing to work with you and ensure that you receive your placenta. If your placenta is sent to pathology and any chemicals have been used than your placenta can no longer be encapsulated.

Do the capsules contain gelatin?

I use only vegetarian capsules that do not contain animal gelatin.

What supplies do you use and how are they sterilized?

I use only stainless steel, food grade plastic and disposable supplies. Everything is thoroughly washed with soap and hot water then sanitized in a bleach solution as outlined by OSHA stand requirement for disinfection. I wear a new set of disposable gloves for each step of the process, from washing the placenta, to steaming, to dehydration and finally to encapsulating. I follow the same guidelines that are used for cleanliness and sanitation in food service industries and small laboratories.

Is there a time when I should not take my placenta capsules?

If you develop any infections such as mastitis, the flu or a common cold that is accompanied by a fever, it is recommended that you discontinue use until the illness or infection has cleared. You can continue taking your capsules once the symptoms have subsided.

Please feel free to call or email me if there is a question that is not answered here, I love to hear from clients.