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Consumption of the placenta has been reported for decades to help ward off the baby blues and diminish postpartum fatigue. Some women have cooked the placenta in a stew, mixed it into a smoothie, or even taken it raw to tap into its powerful effects. For many who feel squeamish about those methods of ingestion encapsulation is another option.
Powedered placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. In the postpartum period placenta capsules can be said to help with
enhancing milk supply
help the uterus with involution
decrease in lochia, postpartum bleeding
decrease iron deficiency
Each placenta is unique to that mother. Your placenta contains a perfect match to your hormones. It is made by you, for you.
When properly stored your placenta pills can last indefinitely. Save them for when you need a boost to your milk supply down the road or even longer, when you start menopause.
** You only get one placenta, encapsulation allows you to get the most out of this rare and special gift. **
The TCM method
According to the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Way, the placenta is rinsed, steamed, sliced, dried, ground and put into capsules. Generally the placenta is steamed with lemon, ginger, and a hot pepper. These ingredients can be substituted or omitted by request.
The Raw method
When processing the placenta according to the raw method it is done almost in the same way as the TCM method. The main difference being the placenta may be rinsed differently, and it is not steamed.
Strict Raw methods are generally only for families that already live a completely raw lifestyle. When encapsulating with Strict Raw methods the placenta is not heated above 118 degrees.
How many pills will I get?
The average amount of capsules you can expect to receive is roughly 80-150 capsules. The total amount depends on the size of your unique placenta, the size of the capsule being used, as well as the method of encapsulation. The size "0" can be used for smaller placentas, to make more capsules, or for those that have trouble swallowing the typical capsule sized pill.
HOW do I get my placenta home?
To avoid problems it is best to have everything set before you go into labor. Let your care provider know of your desire to keep your placenta. Write it into your birth plan, and be sure to let the hospital/birth center staff know when you arrive. You do not need to give them a reason as to why you want to keep your placenta, but it is a good idea if you let them know you will be encapsulating. The placenta *MUST* be handled safely in order for me to be able to encapsulate it for you. If you birth at home simply let your midwife know you would like to keep your placenta. If you go to a hospital or birth center for the birth of your baby be sure to have 2(two) gallon sized zip lock bags, a cooler and ice. Chances are that the hospital/birth center will have a sealed and bagged container to put the placenta in, and will refrigerate it for you. BUT they may not, or they could decide not to hold your placenta for you. So it is best to have your own supplies so you can take it right away and avoid any trouble or confusion.
WHEN will the process begin?
The sooner the better. Once you give birth, have properly stored your placenta and are settled, please call me to let me know your placenta is ready for encapsulation. Call me sooner rather than later. Preferably within the first few hours after birth. Before birth you can delegate this job to daddy, a friend, your doula, or another family/friend. If properly stored (double bagged, to prevent freezer burn, and kept frozen in a deep freezer) you can keep your placenta, for encapsulation, up to 6 months. It is recommended to start the encapsulation process within 48 hours after birth however. If you know you cannot have it picked up in 48 hours you should double bag and freeze your placenta. If encapsulation will be done within a week, freezing your placenta in a refrigerator freezer is ok.
WHERE will the encapsulation take place?
The encapsulation process will take place in my home or yours, and will begin the day I receive your placenta. If your placenta is frozen, it will be thawed before prepping. Encapsulation typically takes between 24 and 72 hours (for a thawed placenta.) Factors like size of the placenta, temperature and humidity may affect encapsulation times. If the process is done in your home, I will need to come to your place twice. Day 1 will be the prepping of the placenta and getting it into the dehydrator. Day 2 starts when the placenta is fully dry and ready to be ground and encapsulated. Day 2 is a shorter day than day 1. You are welcome to be as involved with the process, or not, depending on your comfort level.
Placenta services offered:
FREE with encapsulation. $50 without encapsulation
FREE with encapsulation, $25 without encapsulation.
$30 if added onto encapsulation. $50 if done without encapsulation.
$20 if added onto encapsulation. $40 if done without encapsulation.
Kim Uphill - A labor of Love ©2009