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.
For the promotion of lactation and aids in bringing in mother’s milk
For decreasing pain and increasing bonding between mother and infant. Promotes let-down reflex in breastfeeding
For energy boosts and support in recovery from stressful events
For the reduction of inflammation and swelling, to promote healing
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.
Helps the uterus contract after birth. Helps the uterus to return to pre-pregnancy size. Have anti-inflammatory effects.
Stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
Triggers the immune system in protecting and fighting infection
- Pick up of your placenta (s) within Victoria (Pickup available anywhere within the CRD)
- Placenta preparations and encapsulation process
- Amber glass jars are provided for storage of the completed capsules
- Written instructions for proper storage and handling.
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.
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.
I use only vegetarian capsules that do not contain animal gelatin.
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.
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.