Placenta Encapsulation FAQ
What is proper placenta care & handling for encapsulation?
As quickly as possible after the birth (at least within the first four hours after birth), the placenta should be placed into a food-grade container, sealed tightly and refrigerated or placed on ice.
For Birthing Center Births:
Ask your midwife to double bag the placenta for you in gallon sized zip lock bags so you can promptly take it home with you to be refrigerated.
For Home Births:
Your placenta can be placed in any glass, ceramic or earthenware bowl that can either be sealed with a lip or saran wrap. If you wish to use a disposable container instead that is fine, or you can even simply double bag the placenta in two gallon sized zip lock bags. Within the first hour or so after the birth (up to four hours at most) be sure that the placenta is either placed on ice or placed in your refrigerator.
What is the ideal time frame for encapsulation?
The encapsulation process should begin within 24-48 hours of the birth. The placenta will generally be suitable for consumption for seven days (refrigerated the entire time). That being said, birth is a busy time and often the 24-48 hour guideline is impossible due to logistics. So, best case scenario is for the placenta to be prepared for encapsulation within the first four days after birth. The placenta should be stored in the refrigerator until I arrive.
If it is not possible to start the process within that first week following birth, the placenta should be promptly frozen. Double-bag the placenta in gallon-sized zip lock freezer bags. The placenta must be completely thawed before encapsulation, which will take at least 24-48 hours in the refrigerator. Please contact me regarding best storage options for your time frame.
Placentas should not be frozen, thawed, and then refrozen.
When you have recovered from childbirth, you can even freeze the capsules and save them for future difficult transitions, such as the weaning of your child and menopause.
What if I am a vegetarian?
Not a problem and in fact many of my placenta encapsulation clients are vegetarian/vegan. I use only vegetarian capsules that do not contain gelatin.
What type of supplies are used and how are they sterilized?
The supplies used during the placenta encapsulation process are all stainless steel, food grade plastic, or disposable. Everything is thoroughly washed with soap and hot water and sanitized in bleach solution. I follow the same guidelines for cleanliness and sanitation that are used in food service establishments and small laboratories.
Do I need to provide any supplies for the process?
No. I provide all the necessary materials for the placenta encapsulation process. All you need to provide is your placenta and use of your kitchen for a few hours. I do ask that your sink and counter space is free of dishes if possible.
Do I have to sit and watch?
No. You can be as involved or uninvolved as you like. I understand that the watching the actual placenta encapsulation process may be a bit much for some people, and you will also be busy with your newborn and family. I take no offense in being left alone in your kitchen during the preparation process. I try to not disrupt your home and family in any way and prefer that your baby gets your attention and not me. Most of my clients simply let me in, show me the kitchen, and then retreat into their bedrooms to rest in privacy while spending time and nursing their little one. However, if you are interested and would like to keep me company that is fine too.
How should I take my placenta capsules?
A detailed recommended dosage sheet will be given following completion of my services for you to keep and refer back to.
How should I stop taking my placenta capsules?
I recommend that a mother takes her capsules for the first few weeks postpartum at least, but it is best to continue taking them until they are gone. Some moms do set a few aside for future transitions that they feel they would benefit from taking their capsules during, such as returning to work, future moves, travel away from baby, start of preschool/kindergarten, major illness, etc.
When should I not take my placenta capsules?
If you develop an infection such as mastitis, flu, or a common cold with fever it is recommended that you discontinue use until the illness/infection clears.
How should I store my placenta capsules?
After the encapsulation process is completed placenta capsules will be placed in a sealed jar and should be kept dry. I recommend refrigerating placenta capsules for maximum freshness and for long term storage they should be kept in the freezer. Placenta capsules may be taken directly from the refrigerator/freezer.
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What is the recommended dosage?
The common dosage is 1-2 capsules, up to 3 times a day for the first 2 weeks. Some Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners suggest taking the pills with a little sake/wine, saying that it helps diffuse the energy throughout the body. After 2 weeks you can start to decrease the dosage down to 1 or 2 pills a day as needed. Some women save the remainder in the back of the freezer for PMS or even menopause.
Is there any time I should NOT take the pills?
Placenta should NOT be taken if the body is fighting off a common cold, flu, or infection. If you should get a breast infection (mastitis), the pills should not be taken until infection is cleared. If symptoms such as chills, fever, sneezing, aches, flushed cheeks, hot palms and feet or night sweats should occur, stop taking the capsules until the body has fought this off. The reason for this is because the placenta is extremely tonifying in nature and can cause a pathogen to grow stronger and go deeper into the body according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
How do I use the broth?
Your baby’s placenta was prepared using the Traditional Method of steaming with medicinal herbs. In China, the broth is reserved following the steaming process and ingested by the mothers in addition to the encapsulated placenta. You can drink the broth on its own, add it to drinks like tea or smoothies or food such as soups or chili. 1 part broth, 2 parts water and a fair amount of honey make an awesome invigorating tea. It will taste of lemon and ginger. Some moms choose not to ingest it but use it to water a special tree or plant that has been planted for the baby. However you choose to use it is up to you.
What is in the little bag?
Your baby’s umbilical cord has been dried into a heart or spiral as a keepsake. Some mothers chose to include them in baby books, keepsake boxes or bury them ceremonially. What you chose to do with it is your choice. The umbilical heart symbolizes the loving bond between mother and child and the spiral symbolizing life’s journey. In certain cultures it is tradition to bury the cord as a sign to keep the child grounded throughout their life and ensure they always return home.
What are the recommended dosages and indications for Placenta Tincture?
Suggested dosage of 7-10 drops of tincture can be put in a glass of water for the mother to drink during times of transition after her placenta pills are gone. Some women have reported using this placenta tincture to successfully treat the symptoms of postpartum depression, PMS and menopause. You can take up to 40 drops, twice a day. Follow the cues of your body.
Suggested dosage of 3-5 drops can be given to the child when they are sick, getting sick or in a time of physical or emotional transition like teething, weaning, separation anxiety, etc. It can be given to a sibling as well but ideally, each child would have their own placenta tincture. You can use the tincture directly or use it as a base for other remedies. See below for more information on creating a placenta essence or homeopathic remedy for use with infants, toddlers & children.
What do I need to do with the Placenta Tincture?
Placenta Tincture should rest for at least six weeks from the baby’s birth day. At that time, you can strain out the placenta pieces and discard them in your chosen manner (such as burial) or you can choose to leave the placenta solids in the tincture. Keep the Placenta Tincture stored in a cool, dry place and it should keep indefinitely.
How do I make a Placenta Essence for the baby?
To make a Placenta Essence, combine equal parts strained Placenta Tincture (after the 6 week rest) and distilled water. This is also a long lasting remedy that is gentle for infants, toddlers, and children than the straight Placenta Tincture. Dosage is 1-4 drops in water or applied topically. Some mothers have used this & the homeopathic remedy on the child’s pulse points.
How do I make a Homeopathic Placenta Remedy?
You can make many batches of this remedy, as needed. Take ½ teaspoon of Placenta Tincture and dilute with 1 cup + 1 ½ teaspoon alcohol (vodka or brandy) and succuss 100 times. That creates a 1C Homeopathic Placenta Remedy Mother Tincture. Repeat dilutions with ½ teaspoon to 1 cup + 1 ½ teaspoons alcohol, with 100 succussions in between, 5 more times to get a 6C Homeopathic Placenta Remedy. At 6C the suggested dose is 10 drops. This can be used as a personal “Rescue Remedy” for constitutional ailments, immune boosting and over-all-balancing of the child in times of transition. Suggested ratios for Homeopathic Placenta Remedy based on remedy recipe of 1:99 at http://placentaremedy.com/ You may also be able to find a homeopathic lab that can make the homeopathic pellets from one of your capsules.
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