Placenta Encapsulation

professional encapsulation from a postpartum placenta specialistMade by you, the placenta provides perfect nutrition for your baby during pregnancy, and for you during postpartum recovery.  Christine is pleased to provide placenta encapsulation, tinctures, and prints using unparalleled standards of excellence.  Consuming the placenta through capsules or a tincture may:

  • Balance your postpartum hormones
  • Balance PMS hormones
  • Balance menopausal hormones
  • Speed postpartum recovery
  • Reduce bleeding
  • Tone the uterus
  • Increase milk supply
  • Reduce the baby blues
  • Prevent postpartum depression and other PMADs
  • Increase energy

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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Frequently Answered Questions
Q: What is placenta encapsulation, and why would anyone do it?

A: By processing the placenta into capsules (pills), many new mothers find it easier to swallow and also enjoy the ability to consume the placenta over a prolonged period of time.  The main reasons that women consume their placentas are to balance postpartum hormones, prevent/reduce baby blues and postpartum depression, increase milk production, fight fatigue, restore iron levels, and speed postpartum recovery.

Q: Has placenta encapsulation been scientifically researched? What does the evidence say?

A: The vast majority of evidence we have on placenta consumption comes from anecdote and from studies of other mammals, however, there is a little research on human placentophagia.

In 2013, a survey by University of Nevada, Las Vegas indicated that more than three quarters of participants had “very positive” experiences and 97% of  said they would encapsulate their placenta again.  In 2017, UNLV published results from a follow-up double blind placebo controlled trial with a sample of 27 subjects.  They showed that participants who consumed placenta had hormone levels that were slightly higher than those who consumed the placebo, and that they had slightly improved mood and less fatigue.  

The following are excerpts from older studies:

“Powdered Placenta Hominis was used for 57 cases of insufficient lactation. Within 4 days, 48 women had markedly increased milk production, with the remainder following suit over the next three days.”Bensky/Gamble. 1997. Materia Medica, Eastland Press, 549.

“All patients were given desiccated placenta prepared as previously described (C.A. II, 2492) in doses of 10 grains in a capsule 3 times a day. Only those mothers were chosen for the study whose parturition was normal and only the weights of those infants were recorded whose soul source of nourishment was mothers milk. stimulates the tissues of the infants feeding on the milk produced during this time, that unit weight is able to add on greater increments of matter, from day to day, than can unit weight of infants feeding on milk from mothers not ingesting this substance.”Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36. American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University.The growth of 177 infants was studied. The rate of growth is increased by the ingestion of placenta by the mother… the maternal ingestion of dried placenta tissue so stimulates the tissues of the infants feeding on the milk produced during this time, that unit weight is able to add on greater increments of matter, from day to day, than can unit weight of infants feeding on milk from mothers not ingesting this substance.” Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36. American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University.

“It has been shown that the feeding of desiccated placenta to women during the first eleven days after parturition causes an increase in the protein and lactose percent of the milk… All the mothers were receiving the same diet, and to the second set 0.6mg of desiccated placenta was fed three times a day throughout the period. Certain definite differences in the progress of growth of the two sets of infants are to be observed. It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta.” McNeile, Lyle G. 1918. The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children, 77. W.A. Townsend & Adams, original press: University of Michigan.

“Giving…placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, placenta will …reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy and relieve postpartum blues.”Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352.

Q: Why are you qualified to do this work?

A: I have completed comprehensive, professional training through Placenta Prep of ProDoula, which included in-person encapsulation of a placenta.  I am also certified in Blood Borne Pathogen prevention training and hold myself to the highest standards of cleanliness and professionalism.  Since 2015, I have encapsulated dozens of placentas with overwhelmingly positive feedback from my clients.  I maintain membership in numerous online forums for professional placenta encapsulators, to continue learning from others in this trade.  On a more personal level, I have had the experiences of postpartum seasons without placenta capsules (one which included postpartum depression), and a postpartum season with the benefit of placenta capsules.  Knowing personally the little risk and potentially great rewards of placenta consumption, I am an advocate for mothers considering placentophagia.  

Q: How do I know this is safe?

A: Placenta has safely been used as a remedy for many ailments in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years as well as for postpartum recovery in cultures globally.  To ensure safety for my current clients, myself, and future clients, I diligently practice the highest standards of sanitation to prevent contamination and spread of any communicable diseases.  This is my responsibility and privilege, and my reputation depends on it!  Although there are no industry regulations at this time, I opt to be certified in Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) and infection prevention, and have received training designed specifically for placenta encapsulators in accordance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard  29 CFR 1910.1030.

Q: Will the hospital let me keep my placenta?

A: Except under circumstances where the placenta is infected, the hospital will allow you to bring home your placenta.  You may first be required to fill out the hospital’s release form, if they have one.

Q: Why do other placenta encapsulators charge less than Tremendoulas?

A:  Most placenta encapsulators in Palm Beach County work from their own homes, which reduces their mileage and babysitter expenses, and which affords them a privacy in working which may promote efficiency at the expense of lost accountability.  In contrast, I encapsulate your placenta at your home.  Although you pay a small amount more for the service, you hit three birds with one stone:  First, your kitchen gets sparkly clean in the process.  Second, you have the expertise of a birth and postpartum doula in your home for around 4-5 hours, which enables you to  get help with your baby’s latch for breastfeeding, and answers to questions you may have regarding your birth, newborn care, or postpartum recovery.  Finally, and most importantly, you have the peace of mind that my standards of professionalism are upheld, because you can watch as much of the processing as you please.

Q: Do I have any responsibilities beyond paying for the services?

A: Yes — transportation and storage.  I will provide you with all of the supplies, equipment, and detailed instructions necessary to transport your placenta to your home and safely store it prior to our arrival.  Once I arrive at your home, I will also require access to your sink, stove, and an electrical outlet.

Q: Do I have to be present for the encapsulation?

A: It’s entirely up to you!  If you are interested in the process, you are welcome to watch it from start to finish.  If you don’t want to see your placenta being encapsulated, I completely respect that, too.  If you will be back and forth from the hospital, you may wish to leave me a key or entry code so I can process the placenta while you are away.

Q: What areas and populations do you serve?

A: I serve central and eastern Palm Beach County.  If you reside outside of my travel range, an additional travel fee will apply.  In order to offer the highest level of service, I currently am only offering placenta encapsulation to repeat clients and to those who are my birth or postpartum doula clients.

Q: What method do you use to prepare my placenta for encapsulation?

A:  I follow the Traditional Method of preparing the placenta for consumption.  Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, this method includes cleaning and draining the placenta, steaming it in a pot with ginger and lemongrass, slicing and dehydrating the placenta, and grinding it into small particles.  At this time, I am not offering the Raw Method of encapsulation.  However, if you are interested in consumption of the raw placenta and understand the potential benefits, drawbacks, and alternatives to the Raw Method, you can place a small portion of your raw placenta into a smoothie shortly after birth and prior to my encapsulation of the remaining placenta by the Traditional Method.

Q: What is the whole timeline for this process?

A:  A typical timeline looks like this:

  • 25-35* weeks pregnancy: Set up a consult and reserve your services with a deposit.
  • Shortly after birth: Call to let me know that your placenta is available.  Keep placenta on ice or in a refrigerator.
  • 24-48 hours postpartum: I come to your home to prepare your placenta (2 hours).
  • 1 day later: I return to encapsulate your dehydrated placenta (1.5 hours).  It is now ready to consume!  We will stay in touch over the following weeks to gauge how the pills are working and make any adjustments accordingly.

*If you decide later than 35 weeks that you want your placenta encapsulated, or even decide shortly after the birth, I am happy to process your placenta, but do not guarantee my immediate availability. There is a small possibility you will have to place your placenta in the freezer before I and my equipment will be available.

Q: What should I ask a placenta encapsulator during a consult or interview?

A:

  • What is your training and experience?
  • Where do you do the encapsulations?
  • What method do you use for encapsulation?
  • Are your supplies dedicated to placenta encapsulation, or are they your personal supplies also?
  • If you encapsulate at your own home and not mine:
    • Do you have a dedicated space for placenta encapsulation?  Where is this dedicated space?  May I see it?
    • Are there pets or children nearby?
    • How do you sanitize between personal use and encapsulation use?
    • How many placentas have you had in your workspace at one time?
  • Do you follow OSHA standards / health department guidelines?
  • If my medical team is unsupportive of me saving my placenta, is there anything you can do to help?
  • What attracted you to the work of placenta encapsulation?  Why do you do this?
Q: What if people think I am disgusting or crazy?

A: Your choice to encapsulate and consume your placenta is personal and completely confidential; there is no need for the world to know your decision right now or ever.  I would be happy to talk more about this with you if approval by friends and family is a concern.

Q: Are placenta capsules really vegan?

A: Vegans who have chosen to consume their placentas consider it safe for their lifestyle because no animals were harmed during the process, they are only consuming what was already inside their bodies, and with few exceptions, all other land mammals, including herbivorous ones, consume their placenta.  If you are interested in a vegan or vegetarian option, please let me know so we can make sure that we have non-gelatin, vegetable based capsules ready for your encapsulation.

Q: How do I take the capsules?

A: I will provide you with general guidelines for consumption when the encapsulation is complete, and will follow up with you after a few days to see if an adjustment is a good idea.  I am available to discuss any questions or concerns you have while taking your placenta capsules.

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