Why should I encapsulate my placenta?
The high hormone levels of pregnancy drop significantly by day 4-5 postpartum, and it is thought that this fluctuation is a key factor in the development of the “baby blues”. By reintroducing the hormones back into your body through placenta capsules, many women experience a balancing of emotions, as well as increased energy and milk production.
Is there research to support the benefits of placentophagy?
Daniel Benyshek, a UNLV medical anthropologist, and Sharon Young, a doctoral student of anthropology, asked 189 women who consumed their placentas after childbirth why they did it, how they preferred to have the placenta prepared, and if they would do it again. The results were published online Feb. 27, 2013 in the journal Ecology, Food and Nutrition. Overall, 76 percent of participants said they had very positive experiences. Benyshek is now researching the public health implications, the likely course of placentophagy throughout human evolution, whether placentas can treat mood disorders and hormonal imbalances, and any potential risks.
Does research show increased milk supply due to placenta ingestion?
The first and one of the few studies ever done on using placenta as a lactagogon gave persuasive results. 181 out of 210 women who were given dried placenta to increase milk supply had positive results and saw an increase in their milk supply. Placenta as a Lactagogon; Gynaecologia 138: 617-627, 1954.
What supplies are used and how are they sterilized?
The supplies I use during the encapsulation process are all stainless steel or food-grade plastic. I wash all my equipment with antibacterial soap and sanitize it with a bleach solution prior to and after each use. The preparation area is fully cleaned and sanitized with bleach solution prior to and after processing of the placenta. All equipment is stored between uses in a sealed container.
How were you trained in the process of placenta encapsulation?
I am an independent placenta encapsulation specialist. I learned the process of placenta encapsulation from homebirth midwife, Jessica Lawlor(CPM) in 2010. I have continued my education through consulting and researching placenta service providers throughout the country who have been preparing placentas for years. I have also successfully completed training in Bloodborne Pathogens for Professionals in Placenta Encapsulation in accordance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030.
What are the different methods used to prepare the placenta for encapsulation?
I offer two methods of encapsulation: the Raw Method and the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Method. Both methods employ the same basic process: cleaning, slicing, dehydrating, grinding and encapsulating the placenta. They differ in the following way: according to the principles of TCM the placenta is steamed with herbs before slicing and dehydrating, this is to enhance its warming properties; In both the Raw method and TCM method the placenta is dehydrated at a temperature of 160 degrees. For a detailed explanation of each method please see the remedies page of this website.
Where is my placenta prepared?
Your placenta is prepared and encapsulated in my home. I will come to your place of birth to collect your placenta, and return it to your home or other agreed upon location. If you would prefer for the process to take place in your own home, we can consider this option.
How long does the process take?
I will retrieve your placenta within 24 hours of your birth, and will return your placenta capsules to you within 48 hours of collecting it.
What type of capsules are used?
The capsules are made from 100% vegetable product. They are free of gelatin, starch, sugar, corn syrup, wheat, and dairy.
How many capsules can I expect from my placenta?
The amount of capsules that your placenta will provide depends on its size. You can expect 100-200 capsules after encapsulation.
How long will they last?
Placenta capsules should be stored in the refrigerator while being used. You may store any remaining capsules in the freezer for long-term use. Placenta capsules will last many years if stored properly.
How long can my placenta stay frozen before it is encapsulated?
When properly frozen (double-bagged to protect from freezer-burn) a placenta may be encapsulated up to 6 months after the birth.
Will the hospital release my placenta?
Let your midwife or doctor know in advance that you would like to keep your placenta. It is not necessary to tell your doctor or the hospital what you are planning to do with your placenta. You may need to sign a release or waiver in order to leave with your placenta. According to representatives of the New Jersey Department of Health there are no laws or regulations pertaining to the release of healthy placentas to healthy mothers. Placenta release is at the discretion of each hospital and care provider. In New York State, healthy mothers have the right to bring their own healthy placenta home according to the New York State Department of Health.
Can I still encapsulate my placenta if I have a c-section?
Yes. Let your doctor know in advance that you would like to take your placenta home with you.
What if my doctor sends my placenta to pathology?
If the placenta needs to be taken to pathology, request that a small piece be removed for biopsy rather than taking the whole placenta. If they persist in taking the whole placenta; insist that it be kept refrigerated before and after examination, that it be returned to you as quickly as feasible, and that no preservatives are used, particularly formaldehyde. If this solution is used, the placenta is no longer a candidate for encapsulation.
The information on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA. The services offered by onelove placenta are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilize the services on this website take full responsibility for their health and capsule usage.
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