What is placenta encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is done by washing and steaming placenta over low heat. Next the placenta is dehydrated. Finally the placenta is made into a powder and placed in capsules. During pregnancy, the placenta is the hormone producing organ. At birth, the placenta is delivered and hormone production is abruptly decreased. Encapsulating the placenta allows the woman to gradually decrease the amount of hormones over several days to weeks.
Is this really a thing?
Yes. Many celebrities have consumed their placentas and discussed it publicly. Some include January Jones, Kim Kardashian, Alicia Silverstone, Mayim Bialik, and Tia & Tamera Mowry.
Who might benefit from encapsulation?
Women who have a history of anxiety, depression, low milk supply, or postpartum depression may find encapsulation most beneficial.
When do I have to decide if I want to encapsulate?
After birth, if you are still unsure of your decision, the placenta can be refrigerated for up to 48 hours or frozen for 4 weeks. It is best to encapsulate as soon after birth as possible.
What might prevent me from having my placenta encapsulated?
- Infection – If signs of infection are present at birth, the placental tissue may be unusable for encapsulation.
- Meconium staining – Meconium is the baby’s first stool. This usually occurs after birth, but can occur before. If there has been meconium present before birth, the placenta will absorb the stool and become unusable.
- Hospital birth – Hospital policies often restrict the release of a placenta. If a hospital birth is planned, or a possibility, you should contact your preferred facility to learn their requirements for obtaining your placenta. Additionally, the OB delivering your baby may order laboratory testing to be performed. These tests may delay encapsulation or testing performed may cause your placenta to be unsuitable for consumption.
- Lotus birth – Lotus births allow for the baby’s cord to naturally dry and separate. Because the placenta is wrapped and unable to be refrigerated, the placenta is not acceptable for consumption.
What does the encapsulation cost?
My fee for encapsulation is $200. Current clients receive a discounted rate.
How many capsules can I expect?
Typically a placenta makes 80-140 capsules, depending on the size of placenta.
How long does it take to receive my placenta capsules?
Usually capsules are delivered 24-48 hours after placenta is picked up. Occasionally a placenta will require extended time to dehydrate. If this should occur, you will be notified by text.
How long are my capsules good for?
Capsules should be kept in dark, dry, cool place. Capsules are enclosed with drying agent to extend shelf life. It is recommended capsules be kept in refrigerator for daily use and left over capsules in freezer.
Are there any side-effects to consuming your placenta?
The placenta capsules do not include any additional herbs or ingredients. Rarely women have reported headaches after consuming capsules. The headaches resolved by reducing number and frequency of capsules consumed.