The shift that takes place after birth in the postpartum period is positive and natural but that doesn’t always mean it’s easy. In fact, research shows that over 80% of new moms experience some form of postnatal mood disorders ranging from the baby blues to postpartum depression. The placenta nourishes the baby and controls maternal hormones during pregnancy. After the birth, when the body no longer needs this organ, it is expelled, which leaves the body in a bit of a hormonal shock. History and research has shown that the placenta offers that same nourishment and replenishes some of the hormones to a mother postpartum. Placenta encapsulation is a great way to enjoy the benefits of placenta in an easy and palatable way.
Why should I encapsulate my placenta
• Is perfectly made by you and for you. It’s local and organic.
• Contains your own natural hormones.
• Helps balances your hormones postpartum.
• Replenishes depleted iron helping you feel more energetic.
• Lessens bleeding in the postpartum period.
• Has been shown to increase milk production.
• Helps you have a happier postpartum period.
• Hastens the return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state.
• And can be helpful during menopause.
How long does the placenta encapsulation process take and what is the cost?
When I am hired to encapsulate your placenta, I require a copy of you STD panel that is commonly done at the beginning of your prenatal care as part of your OB panel. If Hep C is present, placenta encapsulation must take place in your home. After the birth, I ask that you pack your placenta on ice or refrigerate it immediately. I will collect it, clean, and process it for you. The entire process takes about two days. The cost is $300.
How many capsules can I expect?
Placentas vary in size and therefore the amount of capsules a placenta will make varies too. Generally you can expect between 75-200 capsules. I use vegetarian capsules size “00”.
Is it sanitary to encapsulate my placenta?
Yes! All supplies and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after each use using an EPA approved disinfectant. I have successfully completed the PBI placenta training program and Blood Born Pathogens course in accordance with the OSHA Blood Born Pathogens Standard 29 CFR1910.1030.
How long can the placenta stay frozen before it is encapsulated?
For best results, encapsulation should happen as soon as possible. However, it is still beneficial to ingest encapsulated placenta even after it has been frozen for a period of time.
What other ways can you process my placenta?
I do offer the option to tincture their placenta in addition to the capsules. The tincture lasts for years and may be used in times of emotional or hormonal stress like going back to work or even well into menopause. I also offer to dry the umbilical cord as a keep sake if desired.
Are there any resources available where I can learn more about placenta encapsulation?
www.placentabenefits.info has an extensive list of research studies, placenta anthropology, and testimonials. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have.
I’m interested! Now what? Please contact me via email! I ask that you submit a copy of your CBC blood work paperwork. This is required. I will then send you the directions on how to contact me after the birth and what to expect.