Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the birthing person’s placenta after the birth of their child by dehydrating, grinding and placing it into capsules for them to ingest as they see fit. The ingestion of the placenta is known as “placentophagy.”
The purpose of placentophagy by the birth parent is to reintroduce the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients to their body following labor and birth of their child. This is thought to help restore a more balanced body function, prevent “baby blues” and the more serious postpartum depression, increase milk production, shorten healing time, increase energy levels, and provide an over-all feeling of wellness to aid in the transition between pregnancy and the early postpartum period.
PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION PROCEDURE
BEFORE THE BIRTH
Please verify that you are not a hepatitis B carrier or have any other blood borne diseases. If you test positive at 36 weeks of your pregnancy, you are advised NOT to consume your placenta if you are breastfeeding.
AFTER THE BIRTH
Upon the birth of your child, make sure that you store the placenta in a cooler bag with ice packs while waiting for the placenta to be delivered. Please deliver your placenta to us within the first 48 hours after the birth.
We will wash and clean the placenta and remove the amniotic sac and umbilical cord from the placenta. We will then steam the placenta to remove all bacteria. The placenta is then sliced into small pieces to be dehydrated at low heat for several hours. We will also dehydrate the baby’s umbilical cord for you to keep as a souvenir. The dehydrated placenta is then blended into coarse powder and encapsulated.
Within 7 days, we will contact you once the placenta capsules are ready for self-collection.
NUMBER OF PLACENTA CAPSULES
As the placenta varies in size, each placenta will yield between 100-200 capsules.
It is recommended that the capsules are taken daily during the postpartum period (dosage instructions are included). Whenever a mother feels that she needs the extra support, she can always increase her dosage.
As we do not add any preservatives to the placenta encapsulation process, it is recommended that you refrigerate the placenta capsules for up to 6 months. If you choose to store them beyond 6 months, it is recommended that you freeze them in an airtight container.
Cost of encapsulation service: $380 per placenta
Frequently Asked Questions
Women are encapsulating their placentas because there is no supplement man-made or organic that can compete with your placentas ability to help you recover from childbirth.
Yes! The first and still one of the few ever studies on using placenta as a lactagogon gave incredible results. 181 out of 210 women who were given dried placenta to increase milk supply had positive results and saw an increase in their milk supply. Encapsulated placenta has been proven to increase a breast-feeding mother's milk supply. Placenta as a Lactagogon;Gynaecologia 138: 617-627, 1954.
Yes. Supplies and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after use using a disinfectant. We follow strict OSH guidelines in ensuring the sterilization of the equipment and hygiene during preparation. We only process one placenta at a time.
The capsules are made from 100% vegetable product.