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What is Placenta Encapsulation?

Placenta 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?

I  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).

The 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 process.

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.

You 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

An 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 education.  

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. 

This 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.

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