Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby(ies) (by separating the membranes and umbilical cord from the placenta and rinsing and draining maternal and fetal blood) and dehydrating it to then be ground and placed into capsules for the mother to ingest  as she sees fit. The ingestion of the placenta is known as “placentophagy.

The purpose of placentophagy by the mother is to reintroduce the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients to her body following labour and birth to help restore a more balanced body function, prevent “baby blues” and the more serious postpartum depression, increase breast­milk production, shorten healing time, increase maternal energy levels, and provide an over­all feeling of wellness to aid in the transition between pregnancy and the early postpartum period in the woman who has just given birth.

When you like to have your placenta prepared for you

After contact me if you agree with the conditions you will receive a contract. This has all your information and everything you need to know and consider out front. You need to sign this contract. You will receive an invoice on delivery of your placenta capsules.

What about limitations and disclaimer

I am not licensed medical professionals and therefore are not able to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any health condition. Services and fees are for the preparation and encapsulation of your placenta, not for  the sale of the pills. No specific benefits or effects are promised. Some of the ascribed benefits of placenta consumption are supported by research; however it is your responsibility to determine whether using placenta preparations may be of benefit to you.

Always speak to your care provider regarding any questions about your health, safety and wellbeing. Placenta services are not meant to be a replacement for medical advice or prescription medicines. If you are experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, low milk supply, or other medical concerns please speak to your midwife or doctor.

I believe that placenta is an incredibly important and spiritual piece of life. I am responsible for treating the placenta with respect for everything that it has done. And also to work with it on clean way.

Your responsiblity is t inform me if have you ever been diagnosed with any of the following blood borne diseases: Hepatitis B or C, HIV, Human T­lymphotropic virus (HTLV­1 or ­2), Syphillis, Other.

Contact when our baby is born

Please let me know (if possible) that birth is imminent.

It is the client’s responsibility to notify me as soon after the birth as possible (preferably the same­day as the birth itself) to request pick­up or receipt of the placenta by me at the location previously agreed upon by both parties.

Storage and transportation

Your placenta should be refrigerated or otherwise kept cool. If delayed cord cutting or lotus birth is being practiced, ice packs can be wrapped around the placenta to prevent spoilage. If it is going to be more than 3 or 4 days before the placenta can be prepared it should be frozen. A frozen placenta may require an extra one or two days of preparation time to allow for gentle thawing.

Your placenta should be prepared for transport by placing it in two freezer­strength zipper storage bags, or in an airtight container like an ice cream tub or Tupperware container, and then into a cooler with icepacks or into a refrigerator. You can use a small piece of the placenta for a fresh placenta smoothie if you like this. You can use a cooler for transport if it will be more than 30 minutes from refrigerator to refrigerator, prefarably always use coolpex or termoisolated bags.

Duration of the preparation process

It takes 2 days to complete the process and 2 hours of each day for encapsulation. Typically I start the process on the day of birth or the day after the birth. I do the second part of the process the following day and the capsules are usually ready for use on the second day of the process.

Do I doubt my placenta could be used?

It is important to note that there may be circumstances under which your placenta can not be used. Significant abnormalities of the placenta may necessitate your doctor or midwife sending your placenta for further examination. Other conditions, such as signs of infection during labour, may mean that consuming your placenta will not be beneficial to you.

An epidural, cesarean, meconium (the baby’s first poop)  are not reason ot to use the placenta but of course that will always be up to the family to make a decision. The benefits of consuming the placenta should outweigh any risks of the medication that may be in the placenta

Dosage

The typical placenta yields 80­170 capsules (it depends on the size of the placenta). I recommend taking a “strong” dose to begin with:

Days 1­5: 2 capsules, 3 times a day

Days 6­10+: 2 capsules, 2 times a day

Days 10+: 2 capsules, 1 time per day OR as needed.

Taking your capsules before a meal gives you a stronger remedy. Taking your pills after a meal makes the effect milder. Take the last pills around supper time and no later than 8pm.

If you have any remaining capsules, they can be kept in the freezer for future use.

Storage of my capsules

The capsules need to be stored in the provided dark jar, and kept in a cool, dark and dry place. They are fully dehydrated. Do not store in refrigerator, as it is moist and might have bacteria.

Long term using

I recommend the capsules being kept in a freezer if you plan on saving them long term. It’s been said that capsules can be used up to three years after freezing them. The potency will be expected to decrease a little if kept long term.

Fees

Preparing and encapsulating your placenta takes at least 2 days and will cost €140

Sake (on request)  for free

Picking up the placenta  €20

Tincture 50ml €35

Balsam 50g €35

*Please remember that I am also on ­call birth and postpartum doula. In the event that I am with client when you call, there may be a delay of 24 hours or more in preparing your placenta.

Remember DELAYED CORD CLAMPING!!! 

In the first 20 minutes after birth the placenta still transports lots of oxygen and stemmcells to your baby.