What is placenta encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation (PE) is one form of preparing the placenta for consumption. I am trained in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)-inspired method of placenta preparation and encapsulation, whereby the placenta is steamed, dehydrated, powdered and sifted into capsules for consumption. You will take a diminishing dose of placenta capsules over the course of your postpartum recovery.
There are many ways to prepare and consume the placenta: some women choose to prepare it using a special recipe, eat it raw or blend it into a smoothie. Placenta encapsulation is another way for you to ingest the placenta that is easy and more palatable.
The holistic benefits of ingesting the placenta are many and include:
- Decreasing the risk of “baby blues” and postpartum depression by minimizing the drop in energy after birth
- Increased milk production
- Moderating fluctuating hormones
- Great source of B vitamins (help with managing stress) and iron (helps increase energy levels) after birth
- Natural pain management during postpartum healing
- Minimizing postpartum bleeding
What is involved?
Ideally, to take full advantage of the benefits placenta capsules offer, encapsulation takes place within 48 hours after the birth of the placenta. The placenta must be refrigerated during this time, preferably in two zip lock bags as soon as possible after birth. If you give birth in the hospital, you will need to bring a small cooler with you. Place the placenta in two zip lock bags and place it on ice in the cooler.
The placenta must be frozen if encapsulation cannot take place within 48 hours. As above, place the placenta in two zip lock bags, with all the air squeezed out, and put in a food safe container in a deep freeze (ideally) or the back of your fridge freezer.
I will do my best to pick your placenta up within 12 hours of your call and will deliver your capsules back to you within 24 hours of pick-up. Encapsulation takes place with meticulous adherence to safety and sanitation protocol in accordance with Foodsafe and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Control standards.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for further details.