What is Placenta Encapsulation?

Placenta Encapsulation is simply the service of preparing your placenta into a capsule form to be consumed during your postpartum period. 

Placentophagy has existed for millennia however humans are one of very few eutharian mammals that do not consume our placenta on a regular basis. 

The placenta is full of nutrients and has been used in Tradition Chinese Medicine for centuries to aid in the relief of fatigue and lactation issues. It's great for vegetarian or vegan mom's as well as it is full of protein and iron.


Beneficial Compounds inside Placenta

  • Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
  • Prolactin: promotes lactation
  • Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. In pharmaceutical form this is a very addictive drug because it promotes a feeling of connectedness with others
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
  • Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores
  • Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
  • Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
  • Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition
  • Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
  • Gamma globulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections

What are the claimed benefits?

What are women saying about encapsulation? 

  • Increased energy
  • Aids in milk production
  • Decrease in postnatal pain and bleeding 
  • Decrease incidences of iron deficiency 
  • Elevation of mood
  • Balancing hormone fluctuations
  • Save extra pills for later in life to ease menstrual cramps and or even menopause symptoms

POSSIBLE NEGATIVELY REPORTED SIDE EFFECTS (RARE)

  • Headache- usually related to dehydration and fatigue, make sure to be consuming enough food and water. If headache continues despite proper nutrition and hydration, and you are getting a headache with every dose of your supplement, reduce the amount and frequency of capsules you are taking. 

  • Belching with unpleasant odor- usually worse if supplement is taken on an empty stomach.

  • Sleeplessness/Restlessness- it is recommended not to take your supplement to later during the day as it has been reported to cause increase in energy.

  • Hot flashes-related to hormone fluctuations

  • Darkened Stools- from the increased iron consumption

 

What about Bloodborne Disease?

Bloodborne Pathogens

I have completed the requirements to hold a bloodborne pathogens certificate from the American Red Cross. I take sanitation very seriously.  In order to protect myself and you, I use personal protective equipment such as glasses, hair covering, face mask, gloves and an apron.

I use as many disposable items as possible to prevent any potential cross contamination. I am also working with someone trained in sterile processing to help better our process. 

Encapsulation has not be evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. I am not a health care provider, I simply provide the service of encapsulation to women who have made the choice to consume their encapsulated placenta.

 

When Can't You Encapsulate? 

There are several reasons why we would not be able to encapsulate a placenta:

  • Tainted placenta- absolutely no chemicals can be added to the placenta
  • Fever in mother at time of birth or evidence of infection
  • Group B Positive Test Result 
  • Left out without refrigeration for over 4 hours
  • Maternal History of blood borne illness such as HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis, Herpes, STDs, etc

 

How Does the Process Work?

  • Immediately after the birth:  Have the Nurses, Midwives, or Doctor put the placenta in a sealed container on ICE or refrigerated, call us and let us know the placenta is ready for pickup. We will give you an estimated time of our arrival or you can have it arranged to be dropped off to us. 

 

  • Special considerations may need to be made for hospital births.  You may have to sign a release and some hospitals can take several days to release the placenta. If this is the case you will need to make sure the placenta is frozen in a sealed container without any chemicals. The frozen placenta will stay good for up to six months, but ideally this process is done in the first 48 hours after delivery. Unfortunately not all hospitals will release a placenta, this is something we suggest discussing with your provider to make sure there is no issue beforehand.  

 

  • Depending on which method of preparation you choose, your placenta is  usually dehydrated,  ground into a fine powder and then encapsulated into vegetarian capsules. 

 

  • This process is typically done over two to three days. 

 

  • Once the process is complete,  we will contact you to arrange for delivery or pickup 

 

  • You will be able to start taking your capsules right away! 

Recommended Intake Guide

SUGGESTED INTAKE DURING FIRST 0-6 WEEKS
(OR UNTIL POSTPARTUM BLEEDING STOPS)

  • Take 1-2 capsules in morning and 1-2 in afternoon if desired. If you feel like you need more capsules you can adjust your dosage to take up to 8 capsules per day.  
  • Start with 1 capsule in the morning and see how you feel, if you don’t notice the effects with 1, try an additional capsule. If you notice it consistently takes 2 or more to receive the desired effects, then take whatever doseage works for you body.
  • It is recommended to be taken with food and or juice, but it can be consumed on an empty stomach. 
  • The more capsules you can consume in the early weeks, the better. Studies have shown it helps with the healing process and to assist in lactation. 
  • Drink lots of water!!! 

Suggested intake after Postpartum bleeding stops

  • Take 1-2 capsules in morning and 1-2 in afternoon if desired. If you feel like you need more capsules you can adjust your dosage to take up to 8 capsules per day.  
  • When you are no longer taking your capsules on a regular basis, you can freeze them for a longer shelf life. 


 

Note:

Some women consume their capsules until they are gone, others naturally taper off and discontinue regular use and just take it on an “As Needed” basis. Do whatever feels right for you!

It is recommended to move any remaining capsules to the freezer after 1 year.