The act of consuming the placenta after you give birth isn't just something animals do. Human moms do it, too, including tribal women and glamorous celebrities. You may be wondering whether you should as well.
The placenta is full of beneficial hormones, chemicals, iron, and proteins. These healing substances may include:
- Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Contributes to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping; decreases depression; normalizes and stimulates libido.
- Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct.
- Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex.
- Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy and supports recovery from stressful events.
- Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Low levels of CRH are implicated in postpartum depression. Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression.
- Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing.
- Interferon: Triggers the protective defenses of the immune system to fight infection.
- Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size. Anti-inflammatory effects.
- Iron: Replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia, a common postpartum condition. Increases energy; decreases fatigue and depression.
- Hemoglobin: Oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.
- Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.
- Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Antibody molecules which support the immune system.
- Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): This hormone has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for lactation in the mother. It also regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels.
- Thorough sanitization of work space and all equipment. Strict OSHA standards are observed.
- Carefully rinsing and cleaning the placenta of extra blood, clots, or any debris.
- Trimming the cord, which is dehydrated in a heart shape as a birth keepsake.
- Slicing the placenta thinly.
- Heating the placenta strips to 160 degrees to kill any bacteria that may be present.
- Complete dehydration in a dehydrator that is reserved specifically for placentas.
- Grinding the dehydrated strips into a fine powder.
- Filling capsules with powder, placing in containers and printing dosing instructions.
- Sanitization of all equipment and work space.
- This method usually produces around 100-175 capsules, depending on the size of your placenta.
- Capsules last many years when stored in the freezer. Take them for PMS, low milk supply, fertility challenges, and even menopause!
- Capsules should be taken with a glass of juice and a meal to help the powder settle and reconstitute in your stomach.
- Placenta tincture is an added bonus in that it can be used in addition to and long after the capsules are gone. By tincturing a small piece of the placenta in a high grade alcohol, you can prolong the benefits of your placental hormones. The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition, emotional distress and during menopause and ease your symptoms.
- The tincture is allowed to sit for at least six – eight weeks before use. It is very shelf-stable if kept in a cool dark place such as a cupboard, and will last for many, many years.
- Dosage is 7 – 10 drops of tincture in a full glass of juice. At this dilution, the alcohol has no intoxicating effects. It is less alcohol than cough medicine contains. If you prefer to reduce the alcohol even further, you can place the drops in a cup of boiling tea, “burning” off the alcohol, then cooling before ingesting.
Our Team Of Trained and Certified Encapsulators Offer Placenta Encapsulation Services In:
Houston – and Surrounding Areas
The following prices do NOT include pickup and drop-off services.
|Umbilical Cord Keepsake||$10|
|Strawberry or Grape Capsules||$10|
Placenta Pick-up: add $15 to any package
- We will come to your birth location to pick up your placenta for processing within 25 miles. (Out-of-area $10 extra)
Product Delivery: add $15 to any package
- We will travel to your home to drop off your finished products within 25 miles. (out of area $10 extra)
Please fill out the following form to pay the $50 deposit (non-refundable) to hold your place on our Placenta Calendar. The remaining balance will be due when we receive the placenta (Cash is Preferred.)
Can I have my placenta encapsulated if I had a c-section, epidural, or pitocin during labor?
Yes! These interventions have no noticeable effect on your placenta capsules. Epidural anesthesia and pitocin break down very quickly after entering the placenta.
Is it safe to have my placenta encapsulated if I tested positive for Group B Strep (GBS)?
Yes. Group B strep is a common bacterium that does not normally pose health risks to the mother. All bacteria in the placenta is killed during the heating and dehydration process. Rarely, Group B strep can lead to uterine infection. If you developed a uterine infection or fever during your labor, your placenta would not be considered useful in healing, and would likely be taken to the pathology.
Can I encapsulate my placenta if my baby passed meconium before birth?
Yes. Meconium is sterile, it does not contain fecal bacteria that normal stool does. Meconium is dangerous for the infant to inhale, but is otherwise harmless. Your placenta is washed thoroughly before encapsulation preparation.
Can I still have my placenta encapsulated if I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia?
Placenta encapsulation is not contraindicated for moms with Pre-eclampsia. Many women who’ve had pre-eclampsia have very successfully used Placenta Pills. No one fully understands pre-e or exactly how to prevent it, and although the placenta does seem to play a part, it is not usually unfit for consumption. After the birth, your placenta will be examined for irregularities and problems. Most of the time, the placenta is completely fine and you should have no problem having it released for encapsulation. If your care provider diagnoses a problem or infection in the placenta, it will be sent to pathology and you won’t be able to take it home.
Will the Hospital release my placenta?
Most hospitals are fairly easy to work with when it comes to having the placenta released, however you will need to let them know before the birth that you are keeping your placenta. A birth plan is the best way to do this. After delivery, you will have to sign a release form or waiver. Once the placenta has been inspected and determined healthy, the nurse will put in a container for you.
What if the doctor wants to take my placenta to pathology?
If the placenta needs to be taken to pathology ask if they can cut a small piece to examine instead of taking the whole placenta. If they insist on taking the whole placenta, you will not be able to have your placenta encapsulated.
When is the placenta prepared?
Ideally, the placenta preparation should take place as soon as possible after the birth, within the first 48 – 72 hours. Directly after the birth, the placenta should be placed in an enclosed container (the hospital will put it in a plastic container), and then you will place the placenta in cooler you brought from home, with ice. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. If you know ahead of time that it will not be prepared within that time frame, it is best to place it straight into the freezer.
Can I have my placenta encapsulated if my baby was premature?
Yes, unless the doctor decides to take your whole placenta to pathology. Moms of preemies need all the help they can get bringing in their milk, healing quickly, and balancing postpartum mood. If your doctor wants to culture the placenta, you can often negotiate to have just a piece of the placenta taken to pathology so you can encapsulate the rest.
I have a placenta stored in my freezer from a previous birth. Is it safe to have it encapsulated?
Was the placenta frozen properly? (Frozen within 48 hours of birth, no signs of frostbite, has been kept frozen i.e. not thawed and re-frozen) If frozen properly, you can have it encapsulated up to one year after the birth.
In the case of twins, we will process the placentas together. The cost for multiple placentas from the same mother is an additional $50.
I was told my placenta was “abnormal”. How do I know if it is safe to ingest?
The only situations in which a placenta wouldn’t be safe to consume is if you developed an infection during labor (remember, being GBS positive does NOT automatically mean you have an infection), if the placenta was taken to pathology, if it was not refrigerated properly after the birth, or if you have HIV, Hep A, B or C. Calcification of the placenta is normal and does not preclude encapsulation.
How do I store my Placenta Capsules?
You should store your capsules in an airtight container in the freezer. Stored properly, your capsules will last many many years.
On average, how many capsules can I expect to receive?
That depends on the size of the placenta. A small placenta will yield around 100 capsules. A very large placenta can produce up to 175 or even more. On average you can expect around 125 – 150 capsules. Generally speaking, big babies have big placentas and small babies have small placentas.
What if I have a disease such as HIV, Hepatitis A, B or C?
For your safety and the safety of others, we will not be able to process your placenta if you have any of the above diseases.