What is Placenta Encapsulation?
encapsulation is dehydrating the placenta and powdering it so that it
can be put into gelatin (or vegan) capsules. This makes it easy to store
and consume over a period of days.
What Are The Benefits Of Placenta Encapsulation?
It is believed that consuming the placenta can:
- Help to balance your hormones
- Replenish depleted iron levels
- Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state
- Reduce post-natal bleeding
- Increase milk production – this has been proven in a study
- Make for a happier, more enjoyable post-natal period
- Increase your energy levels
Baby blues can effect many women within the first few weeks of birth.
Women who consume their placenta report fewer emotional issues and a
more enjoyable postpartum period.
What Research or Evidence Exists on Placentophagy?
Unfortunately there has been very little human research done into placentophagy. The Placenta Benefits
website does have some related research information but no major
studies have been done. However it does make sense at a time in your
life when your hormones are under a major upheaval and you have lost a
great deal of blood (leaving you prone to iron deficiency), that the
placenta can provide these needs, to help avoid iron deficiency as well
as its side effects (which include depression and low mood).
What is the process?
will want to collect the placenta within 48 hours of the birth for a
few reasons. Firstly, for safety and health reasons, but also because
you are likely to feel your worst emotionally on day 4 or 5, so its
ideal to have your encapsulated placenta pills back as soon as
possible, to help you through.
Your placenta should be
refrigerated soon after the birth – I will not encapsulate the placenta
if its been out for too long. This is easy to accomplish with a soft
cooler and ice.
I will do all of the work at your
home, unobtrusively, though you or your family are welcome to
watch if you wish. I bring all of my equipment with me and
only need a counter or table to work on, plus the use of your sink,
stove and an electrical outlet. I am meticulous about sanitizing
everything thoroughly as I work.
I will come to your home
twice--once for about 2 1/2 hours to wash and steam the
placenta and prepare it to dehydrate overnight. At this time I
will make a tincture, if you request one. I will return again the next
day for about 2 hours to finish the encapsulation process and
leave you with a bottle of placenta capsules.
Alternatively, I can pick up your placenta and return it to you the
next day encapsulated. A $25 fuel surcharge applies for crossing the
water (I am on the peninsula).
processing area will be sanitized before and after the placenta is
steamed and dehydrated, as well as before and after it is encapsulated.
The placenta is handled in a way to satisfy sanitary conditions for
both food preparation and blood-borne precautions. All items used on
the placenta are either disposable or sanitized before and after the
The placenta will take around a
day to prepare and dehydrate (if you have frozen your placenta, you
will need to add an extra day). First it is washed well and any clots
and blood are removed. Then the cord and other fibrous tissues are
removed. Depending on the method you choose, I will steam the placenta
(in Traditional Chinese Medicine fashion), or just go straight to the
next step of dehydrating the placenta. Following this, the placenta
is then ground down into powder form and placed into capsules – so it
ends up looking like any other herbs you might take in capsule form.
can begin taking the capsules as soon as you receive them, storing
them in a dark cupboard at room temperature in most climates. You can
expect to receive around 100-200 capsules, which can be frozen for
storage if you want to use them for balancing hormones at another time.
Encapsulation Service includes:
- Pick-up of placenta(s) to be encapsulated
- The full placenta preparation and encapsulation process
- A premium cobalt blue glass jar to store your placenta pills and tincture
- The cord dehydrated and presented as a keepsake
- Written instructions for proper storage and handling of the finished placenta pills
- Suggestions for ingestion amounts
- Delivery of the finished placenta pills if not prepared in your home
Limitations and Disclaimer
Independent Placenta Services Provider is not considered a pharmacist,
pharmaceutical representative, holistic practitioner, herbalist, or
medical doctor, unless they have received and completed that course of
Benefits of placenta encapsulation are
supported by a combination of centuries-old cultural knowledge and
ongoing research but have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. Placenta Encapsulation as it pertains to this service,
is for natural nutritional supplementation and is intended solely for
ingestion by the mother who has birthed the placenta(s) and not for her
family members, friends, or other individuals.
is a natural nutritional supplement, and as such, cannot be guaranteed
to produce specific results. The services offered by the Independent
Placenta Services Provider are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or
intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to
utilize the services take full responsibility of their own health and
for researching and using the remedies. The Independent Placenta Service
provider makes no guarantee as to capsule efficacy, but does guarantee
the highest quality of service.