FAQ

What is placenta encapsulation?

Placenta encapsulation is the process of taking raw placenta and turning it into more palatable vitamin-sized supplements through a process of steaming, dehydration, pulverizing, and encapsulation.

How is placenta encapsulation done?

I prepare placenta capsules by the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method. In this method, I start by carefully cleansing the placenta with water, removing the cord and membranes, and gently draining the placenta of blood. The placenta is then lightly steamed along with organic herbs, including lemongrass, ginger, cayenne and turmeric. These are considered to be warming herbs by TCM practitioners, and therefore beneficial for a newly postpartum mother after the experience of childbirth. After steaming is complete, the placenta is sliced thinly and dehydrated for several hours at a low temperature. Once dried, the placenta is ground into a fine powder with an electric grinder and then placed in vegetarian capsules for consumption. Unless unavailable or not desired by the client, the cord is dried and made into a keepsake as well.

While TCM is the most common method of placenta preparation, some clients who adhere to a raw diet prefer a raw preparation method. This preparation method is based on the belief that preparation at higher temperatures can remove vital nutrients and enzymes. The major difference from the TCM method is that the placenta is not steamed prior to dehydration and then is dehydrated for a longer time at a lower temperature. Although I generally recommend the TCM method for its warming properties, I am happy to prepare your placenta with the raw method according to your preference.

What are your qualifications for placenta encapsulation?

My work as a nurse and a midwife gave me a deep understanding and appreciation for the physiology of the placenta and its crucial role in pregnancy and birth. This same training solidified my knowledge of aseptic technique. Your placenta will be honored and safe in my hands and your capsules will be prepared with the highest standards of cleanliness.

I have completed the Placenta Encapsulation Specialist training through Placenta Benefits, Inc. This training aims to give students a scientific basis for the practice of placenta encapsulation as well as teaching proper technique for preparation of placenta capsules. I have completed additional courses in food safety and placenta preparation using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I continue to challenge myself to stay current on new research in women’s health, pregnancy and birth, breastfeeding, and complementary and alternative medicine.

How long does it take to receive my placenta capsules?

I will arrange to pick your placenta up and start the encapsulation process within 24-48 hours of your birth. I will generally be able to deliver your capsules to you within 3-5 days of your birth.

If for some reason it is not possible for us to meet this timeline, your final preparations will not be negatively affected as long as your placenta has been refrigerated and processing can be started within 72 hours of your birth. It is also possible to process placentas that have been frozen promptly after birth.

What areas do you serve?

I am located in Portland, Maine. My general rule is that I will travel up to 30 minutes one way to pick up your placenta. I am happy to discuss arrangements for serving outlying areas as well.

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