Placenta Encapsulation Services
Q: Can you encapsulate my placenta if I have Hepatitis, HIV, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, or Chlamydia? A: I will not be able to process your placenta. Placentas with these diseases are unsafe to process and consume. The hospital will not release your placenta if you have any of these conditions.
Q: Where should I store my Capsules? A. Store your pills in a cool and dry place if you will be using them right away. If you want to save them for long term use, store them in a sealed container in your freezer.
Q. What is the process if we will be proving the transportation for pick up and drop of the placenta? A. Text or call me when you go into labor so I can anticipate processing your placenta. Ask a nurse for a sterile leak proof container to put the placenta in (or bring your own) and put the placenta on ice or in a fridge if one is available. Let me know once you have delivered by text or calling and we can set up a time for you to bring the placenta to me. I will text you once the encapsulation process is complete and we will schedule a pick up time.
Q: What is the process for pick up and drop off of the placenta? A: Text or call me when you go into labor so I can anticipate coming to pick up your placenta. Let me know once you have delivered by text or calling. Ask a nurse for a sterile leak proof container to put the placenta in (or bring your own) and put the placenta on ice or in a fridge if one is available. I will come as soon as I possibly can. I will return the placenta once the encapsulation is complete. I want you to start reaping the benefits of taking the pills, so I will return it to you within 24 hours at the most depending on the time of birth and distance I have to travel.
Q. Can you encapsulate a frozen placenta? A: Yes. The placenta can stay frozen in a separate deep freezer for up to 6 months after birth. The process on a frozen placenta will take 3-5 days because of the thawing process, but the encapsulation process will be the same.
Q: Can I still take the placenta capsules if I become sick? A: The placenta is tonifying, which means it holds energy in. Should you get sick with a fever or any kind of infection, stop taking the capsules until it passes. If you continue to take the pills, it could keep the infection in your body not allowing you to get well. If you get a cold, take the pills at your discretion. Some mothers say it helps, while others noticed that it took longer to get well. Really tune in and listen to your body. You know it better than anyone could ever prescribe.
Q: Why is it beneficial to add Chinese herbs to the placenta? A: Putting the herbs in brings out the placenta’s healing properties. The lemon helps to distribute the placenta throughout the body. The hot pepper and ginger are warming herbs that lend their properties to the placenta. The ginger acts as a facilitator for energy and good blood flow.
Q: What is the Traditional Chinese method that you use to prepare the capsules? A: The traditional Chinese Medicine inspired method involves steaming the placenta with lemon, fresh ginger, and fresh cayenne.
Q: How many capsules does the average placenta yield? A: On average between 100-200 capsules.
Q: Is there anything I shouldn’t do concerning taking the pills? A: Never exceed 9 pills in 24 hours. (This can create an oversupply issue that could lead to clogged ducts and even mastitis). Never stop taking the pills abruptly. The sudden decrease in the oxytocin that the pills provide could spiral her into the baby blues. As with anything you take orally, reduce the amount gradually over a few days.
Q: What is the recommended daily dosage of placenta pills? A: If the mother is really struggling postpartum, I recommend 3 capsules, 3 times a day for the first week. For weeks 2-3, 2 capsules, 3 times a day and then the weeks remaining 1 pill, 3 times a day or as needed. Mothers can adjust their dosage depending on their needs. If she is feeling great, she can gently decrease the dosage and her capsules will last longer. I will give you a handout with the directions to follow with your placenta.
Q: Why can’t my placenta be encapsulated if it went to pathology for testing? A: Once it goes to pathology, it is unknown what chemicals or materials it came in contact with. It would now be unsafe for a mother to consume.
Q: If I had a cesarean section delivery, can I still have my placenta encapsulated? A: Absolutely, however there are a few precautions that need to be made. Ask that the placenta not leave the room you are in. This will ensure it was handled appropriately and not subjected to any hazardous materials. Sometimes after a cesarean section delivery, they may want to send the placenta to pathology to undergo some tests. If this is the case, ask if they can take a piece of the placenta so you can keep therest of it to take home. If it goes to pathology it can’t be encapsulated.
Placenta services have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to prevent, treat or diagnose any disease, illness or symptoms. Clients understand that they are assuming all risks and benefits on their own profound belief of the placenta's healing and nutritional properties.