What is my job in the placenta encapsulation process?
*If you plan on having a hospital birth, make sure your doctor and the nursing staff knows that you want to keep your placenta. Ask them to place the placenta in a clean bag or container (often a white bucket) for me to take it in. You will probably want to remind them a few times that you want to keep your placenta, as when things get going and your baby is born, your placenta is not the top priority and can easily be taken as waste. I recommend giving your partner, doula, or other support person this job to make sure it stays in your room so you can focus on loving on your babe.
*Please contact me to let me know you are in labor, as it is nice to have a heads up. Then update me when you are ready to have me pick it up. Just in case I can not pick it up right away, plan on bringing a cooler or some kind of clean container (the hospital often is able to provide you with a container to keep it on ice) to place your placenta on ice to help preserve it until I can pick it up. If I am unable to pick it up within 2 hours of the birth it is extremely important to make sure your placenta stays on fresh ice.
*If you want your placenta encapsulated using the TCM method and have never had lemon or ginger, you will want to make sure that your body reacts well to them. Lemon and Ginger are known to be likely safe during pregnancy so maybe buying some lemon and ginger tea would work and see how your body reacts. Same goes for any other kind of herbs you would like added. If you don’t seem to respond well then maybe the raw dehydrated method would be better.
*It is your responsibility to inform me if you develop a fever in labor, you have any other signs/symptoms of infection during or after birth, your baby develops signs/symptoms of infection, or either of you have a confirmed infection. These are contraindications to encapsulation. It is also a contraindication if your placenta has to go in to pathology as there is no guarantee that the staff will store your placenta correctly or that they wont add any chemicals to it. If any of this happens, I will give some suggestions on other ways to help support you emotionally and physically.
*I have all of my clients sign a liability waiver for my Placenta Encapsulation Services.
If I am GBS positive and/or receive antibiotics in labor, can I still encapsulate?
*Yes, GBS positive and antibiotics are not contraindications to encapsulation. However, as stated above, it is contraindicated if you or baby develop signs/symptoms of infection during labor, shortly after birth or have a confirmed infection. Some clients decide to have their placenta encapsulated using the steamed method if they are GBS positive, as an extra precaution against the possibility there may be bacteria present on the placenta. I can also do an apple cider vinegar rinse on the placenta as an added precaution as well. You just have to let me know if you would like this done (no extra cost). There is much controversy occurring over GBS and encapsulation after a recent article published by the CDC and doctors are advising clients not to encapsulate if GBS positive. Here is my response to this article, that may answer many questions and help you make your own decision. Click here to read my response
Can I add herbs to my capsules?
*Ingesting your placenta on its own offers many benefits including increased energy, decreasing “baby blues”, helps with postpartum bleeding and bringing the uterus back to its normal size, increase and enriched milk supply, helps with iron deficiency and sleeping issues. These are all benefits of ingesting the placenta alone. With that being said though, you can really add any herb that you would like and feel comfortable, just do your research. Make sure that whatever herbs you’d like to add don’t have any blood thinning qualities or effect blood clotting factors. Another suggestion, if you want to take herbs with your placenta pills, just simply supplement your pills with those herb, for example, drinking herbal tea at the times that you take your pills.
What kind of capsules do you use?
* I use size 00 Vegetable capsules that are made from vegetable cellulose and water.
How many pills will my placenta make?
*It really depends on the size of your placenta. They can make anywhere from 90-300 capsules.
Where do you encapsulate my placenta?
*I do the encapsulation process in my home. I use my own equipment and materials. I take the proper precautions and steps to ensure a sanitary environment and I make sure that I sanitize my equipment before and after use. I also use many disposable materials so a lot of the material is only used once and then thrown away. I sanitize with a bleach solution, and soap and hot water, and I put dishwasher safe items through a run after bleaching.
Do placenta capsules taste bad?
* Capsules might have a taste of blood rich meat but if you take and swallow the capsules quickly without letting them sit in your mouth, most people are not bothered too much by the taste. I suggest taking the capsules with a glass of juice or flavored water to help mask the metallic taste.
What are the instructions once I get my pills?
*Store capsules away from moisture, in a cool, dry, dark place. Some women like to save some capsules and put them in the freezer for difficult times in the future. If you would like to do this, take them out of the jar and store them in doubled Ziploc bags in the back of the freezer until you are ready to start taking them again.
*Wash hands before and after taking pills. Make sure to let your hands dry before touching the jar or capsules.
*Taking capsules with a meal and/or flavored beverage is suggested to avoid any undesirable taste.
*Take capsules in morning-early evening. Because of the energy benefits, taking them too late at night may result in trouble sleeping.
*Suggestion to take 2 capsules 2 times per day for the first 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, start slowly weaning yourself and adjust dosage as needed. Some days you might feel you need more than other days. Trust your body and listen to it.
*With TCM (Steamed) Method pills, if you get sick or your body is fighting off an infection or virus, stop taking placenta pills until your body is healthy again.
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