Placenta Encapsulation 101


img_3796We get asked a lot what placenta encapsulation is, and why anyone would want to do it. Our goal is to educate you on the basics and hope that you take that education and share it with others. Knowledge is power, right?

We’re going old school today and doing the 5 W’s route, not in the usual order.

What?

img_3784Placenta encapsulation is the process of taking your placenta after birth, dehydrating it, grinding it into powder form, and placing it inside capsules for your consumption. That’s pretty much it, in a nutshell. At FFD our process is a bit more intensive, as we use the Traditional Chinese Method which includes steaming the placenta first to ensure that any possible bacteria present is killed. Your placenta can also be made into a soothing salve which is wonderful to use topically on mom and baby, and a tincture (think vanilla extract) that can be used forever—hello menopause!

Why?

Around the 12th week of pregnancy your placenta takes over hormone production and continues for the duration of your pregnancy. And then in one fell swoop (or push) your placenta is born along with those hormones that it’s been producing. This is why many women struggle with the “baby blues” and postpartum depression; their hormone levels are all janked up! Because your placenta is still chock-full of lovely hormones, ingesting it gradually gives you those hormones back until your body systems naturally regulate. Not only is the placenta great for hormone regulation, but it also helps you replenish your iron that was lost during birth, which in turn gives you a boost of energy. And some women find an increase in their milk production after taking their capsules, as well. Your placenta has lots of great benefits!

Who?

This question is two-fold. Most pregnant women are capable of having their placentas encapsulated. Some may not be eligible to keep their placenta, for medical reasons or hospital policy. We recommend everyone check with their provider to ensure their policies allow it. And if you’ve developed a fever or have an infection during birth, pathology may need to keep your placenta for testing. As far as who will be doing the encapsulation for you, always always always choose a professional! Just because someone watched a YouTube tutorial or read a step-by-step process online DOES NOT mean that they are qualified to handle your placenta! As a professional myself I had intensive hands-on training, am certified for handling Blood Borne Pathogens, and know all the safety precautions that go into not only the preparation of your placenta, but also sanitizing my equipment. We don’t mess around with BBP’s.

 

Where?

img_3749At FFD we do our placenta processing in the privacy of your own home. Yep, in your kitchen. The thought of this may be strange to some, but trust us on this one. Your home is your biome, filled with your own germies. And while you may trust your encapsulator completely, who’s to say what their house is like. Do they have pets? Kids running around? Your placenta sitting next to their old leftovers in the fridge, or worse several other placentas that could be switched if not labeled properly? We feel that in-home encapsulation is the safest, and the only way that we will process. And who doesn’t want a postpartum doula (we do that, too) in their home immediately following birth? Some clients love being able to watch the process, and others prefer that it’s complete before they arrive home from the hospital. Both work great for us!

                                                                                                                                                                                           *Case-in-point. This adorable kitty “helper” was part of my client’s family, not mine.

When?

Once your placenta is born it should be kept cold immediately (fridge preferably) and encapsulated within 72 hours. If it isn’t processed in that amount of time it can be frozen for later encapsulation. The sooner your encapsulation is complete, the sooner you get the benefits of taking your capsules. The process takes 2 days, the first day steaming and starting dehydration and the second day grinding and encapsulating. Once the process is complete we leave you with your goodies, instructions, and answer any questions you have. It’s that simple!

We think placenta encapsulation is a pretty wonderful option for new moms and are grateful that this knowledge has been passed down to us. If you’d like more information on our process, pricing and/or packages contact us today!

Did you use your placenta? We’d love to hear about it!

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