Placenta Encapsulation FAQ

Are there any contraindications I should be aware of when considering ingesting my placenta?

There are very few contraindications for ingesting placenta. If you have any reason to believe that your placenta may not be suitable for consumption, please don’t hesitate to bring it up during our consultation.

There is currently research being done on the effects of smoking during pregnancy on the placenta. The heavy metal toxins, found in cigarette smoke, may accumulate in the tissue of the placenta, although how much is accumulated is not known at this time. The overall buildup of these toxins during pregnancy may make the placenta unsafe for consumption by the time it is born. Due to the risk of built-up toxins in your placenta, I leave it up to you to decide whether you feel it is safe for you to consume your placenta.

I also recommend not encapsulating your placenta if you have a confirmed uterine infection (infection of the uterus). This would be diagnosed by your care provider. If there is a possibility of infection, ask your care provider to give only a piece of your placenta to the lab for testing, instead of the entire placenta. Have the placenta refrigerated (or frozen if necessary) until tests are conclusive, thus if you do not have a uterine infection you can still encapsulate your placenta. Be aware that running a fever during labour does not mean you have a uterine infection.

 

How soon after birth should encapsulation occur?

If you care for your placenta to ensure it remains suitable for consumption, encapsulation can take place anytime after birth. However, the nutrients and benefits of the placenta will decrease over time. Ideally, the sooner the placenta can be prepared after birth the better and if possible the dosage started within 72 hours of birth to mitigate the drop in hormone levels after the birth (around 4-5 days postpartum).

Here are some time guidelines to follow to assure that your placenta remains suitable for your consumption.

0 – 3 hours the placenta may be left at room temperature

1 day the placenta can be kept on ice in a cooler if you are at the hospital

1-3 days the placenta can be kept in the fridge; place in a zip lock back in a food grade container.

After 3 days the placenta should be frozen; place in another ziplock bag (double bagged) before placing in the freezer. A placenta needs to thaw completely before being processed which takes 12-24 hours.

The placenta should not be frozen, thawed, and then refrozen.

What do I do if I birth my baby and placenta before you are on call for me?

I am on-call for your placenta one week on either side of your due date. If you could text, email or give me a call when you go into labour that would be great. This allows me to arrange my life for placenta encapsulation as well as send you positive energy while you are in labour. You can then call me once you are settled and resting after birth. I will come and pick up your placenta within 12 hours of your call after birth, usually I will be there with in the first 5 hours after your call.

If you give birth to your baby and placenta earlier or later than one week on either side of your due date follow the same steps as above. I will likely be available to receive the placenta within the normal 12 hour period. If not I will give you instructions for how to care for your placenta until I am available. If I am on holidays, I will put you in touch with another encapsulation specialist.

 

What if my placenta is deemed unsuitable for consumption by my care provider?

This is rare, but it does happen. If your placenta is not suitable, or it is accidentally destroyed or misplaced, I will render our contract null and void, releasing you from my fees.

 

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

Yes. Your particular birth choices/outcomes do not affect whether or not your placenta can or cannot be encapsulated.

 

How long should I take my placenta capsules for? What is the dosage? 

You can take your placenta capsules for as long as you feel you need them. As a guideline I recommend taking:

2 capsules 3 times a day for the five days

2 capsules 2 times a day from 6-10

2 capsules 1 time a day for the remainder of time you would like to take the capsules

Note that these are guidelines, if you are feeling like the placenta capsules are giving you too much energy then reduce the amount you are taking. Or if you are having a particularly blue day then take a couple more. Every woman is different so check in often with how you are feeling and choose what is right for your body.

 

How do you encapsulate the placenta? Is there a risk of contamination from other placentas?

I use the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of encapsulating a placenta. I wash the placenta, steam it with ginger and lemon (please let me know if you have allergies to either of these), thinly slice it, dehydrate it, grind it up, and put it into capsules.

I only process one placenta at a time. I have my FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate. I have specific equipment that I only use for placenta processing and I wash and sterilize it after processing each placenta. I also thouroughly wash and sterilize my workspace both before and after processing a placenta.

 

Can I have my placenta processed in my home? 

Yes, I can prepare your placenta into capsules in your own home if you request this service. Please let me know in our initial communications if you want this option.

 

What other ingredients are in the placenta capsules and are they suitable for me as I’m a vegetarian? 

I do not add any other ingredients to the capsules, however, when preparing Traditional Chinese Medicine capsules I do steam the placenta with lemon (for grounding) and ginger (for circulation and aftertaste) which are added to the water when steaming. Please let me know if you do not want these added to the water. I use only vegetarian capsules for encapsulation.

 

What sort of capsules do you use?

I use standard size 00 veggie capsules

 

I experience an aftertaste when I take the pills, is there any way to avoid this?

I add ginger powder and lemon to the steam water which stops most people from experiencing an aftertaste.

If you are experiencing an aftertaste try taking the capsules with a bite of food instead of a sip of liquid to assure that it descends the esophagus without getting stuck. Or try taking the capsules with orange juice, milk or a bit of honey to reduce the aftertaste.

You can also try storing the capsules in the freezer instead of the fridge.

 

How do I care for my placenta capsules?

Keep capsules, dry, dark and cool in a sealed container. In the refrigerator is best. For long term storage, keep capsules in the freezer.

 

Is there any time when placenta capsules should be avoided?

Do not take placenta capsules during times of infection. This includes the common cold, flu, mastitis and at any time when running a fever. Placenta is a tonifying medicine and can push the infections deeper into your system, making it hard to recover. Resume taking the capsules at a higher does once the infection has cleared.

 

I still have some placenta capsules. Are there other uses for them?

Some women like to save some capsules for particularly stressful times such as returning to work, their first menstrual cycle, particularly blue days, or menopause.

I also have a placenta tincture recipe if you want to continue placenta therapy once your capsules run out. Contact me for a recipe. I have also heard of women who give the tincture to their children if they are having a particularly emotional day, or offer it to their mothers going through menopause.

 

I’ve run out of capsules, what do I do now?

Ideally, before you run out of capsules, you can make a tincture to continue your placenta therapy once you run out of capsules (contact me for a recipe!). If you don’t have the capsules to make a tincture, there are sheep placenta capsules available at the PBI Shop.