What is placenta encapsulation, and why should I do it?
Placenta encapsulation is growing in popularity for new mothers with an interest in natural postpartum wellness. Encapsulation is a process of cooking, preserving and encapsulating a mother’s placenta, one of the body’s most nutrient-rich organs. Placentas are packed with iron, growth factors, B6, and hormones which have all been shown to be helpful in easing a new mother into her postpartum life. Even with steaming and dehydrating the placenta, the majority of the beneficial hormones and nutrients remain.
I prepare placenta using the Traditional Chinese Medicine method, which utilizes ginger, lemon and jalapeño peppers as warming substances in the cooking process. I then dehydrate and grind the placenta, ginger, lemon and jalapeño into a powder which is packed into vegetarian, gluten-free capsules. Raw preparation is also available.
All my equipment for encapsulating your placenta is dedicated for use in this process, and is thoroughly cleaned and sterilized with each use. I am trained and certified in blood-borne pathogen safety and ensure that sterilization and safety measures are met.
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What else can I do with my placenta?
In addition to encapsulation, I also offer placenta prints & placenta tincture.
I can make a keepsake print image of your placenta before encapsulating. Many women enjoy having a print image of this amazing organ in addition to utilizing it as a supplement.
A tincture can be made in addition to encapsulation. Tinctures take longer to make but last much longer than encapsulation. Because of this, a tincture is wonderful to use in combination with encapsulated placenta.
A tincture can be made either in the cool method or the warm method. The cool method places a piece of raw placenta in alcohol to soak for 6 weeks, after which the alcohol is ready to be used as a supplement. The warm method used a piece of the placenta that has been cooked for encapsulation and is then soaked in alcohol for 6 weeks. The resulting tincture can be taken in water 2-3 times a day using 10-40 drops each time.
Many new moms also choose to save their baby's umbilical cord and have it dried as a keepsake- often in the shape of a heart as a permanent, physical reminder of the connection & love mother and child share. The dried cord can be framed in a small shadow box or deep frame for display or kept in a safe, dry place for a more private memento.
How many capsules will I get, and how do I take them?
Since your placenta’s size relates to size and needs of your baby, the number of capsules created will vary based on your baby’s size. Your placenta will generally create about 10 capsules per pound of baby. Most people get between 65-100 capsules.
Placenta capsules can be taken two or three at a time, 2-3 times a day. Your placenta supplement is complementary to the prenatal vitamins, fish oil supplements, or probiotics you may already be taking. Placenta is most effective in the first month, but can be started or stopped at any time.
Consuming encapsulated placenta can benefit a new parent in a number of ways:
How much does it cost, and what do I need to do?
Encapsulation of your placenta costs $150. I will pick up your placenta shortly after your birth (ideally within 24 hours) from your home or birth center/hospital. You can pack your placenta in two zip-top bags with the air squeezed out, and place it in the refrigerator until I pick it up. I will return it to you in capsule form before day 3 postpartum (or about 2 days after I've received it).
If your placenta has been in the freezer for a while it can still be encapsulated. While fresh is ideal, you will enjoy the benefits of encapsulating and taking your placenta as a supplement later on in your postpartum period.