If you have read the previous post about reported benefits of my past encapsulation clients, you might be wondering about what the actual process is, and if you might complete it yourself. What are the benefits to having a placenta specialist, like me, prepare your placenta so you might experience the wonderful benefits postpartum?
Encapsulation on your own definitely can be done – I have done it! However, it does take time away from a postpartum mama’s most IMPORTANT work: resting and relaxing with her child and letting others care for her! (Not to mention getting breastfeeding well established, if that is the feeding method of choice).
However, as a placenta specialist now, I really recommend moms to check out area encapsulators. Ask questions about their practice, including knowing what their process is from start to finish. Hiring a reputable and experience specialist takes the work off your hands.
Placentophogy, that is, consuming ones placenta, has been practiced in various cultures throughout child-bearing history. We in the US are starting to hear more about it (thanks Kim Kardashian! ;-)) and are curious.
Is this safe? Has it been studied? What are the risks and benefits? I will be addressing these question in my next placenta post.
But, back to process itself. What are your first considerations with the option to encapsulate?
Well, the process begins during pregnancy. The service I provide to my encapsulation clients begins within filling out an initial form, which covers a few health related questions to ensure encapsulation is a reasonable and safe choice. It also covers basic contact information, as well as due date information. I am on-call for my clients from the time of signing of our agreement, and this includes payment and logistical arrangements. This includes providing a set of clear written instructions for keeping your placenta cool and safe until I arrive to pick it up from you. I also offer a cooler for this purpose, which my clients may opt to use (and I include my instructions and contact information within the cooler, so you don’t have to worry about printing an extra copy, when you already have other things to remember and focus on in this exciting time!). I also can provide guidance about talking with your care provider about your choice to encapsulate, if you have any questions.
When Baby arrives, my clients call or text me within the first 6 hours after birth, preferrably. I will make arrangements to pick up your placenta. If you’re in the hopsital, you will be asked to sign a release form before your placenta leaves. I generally ask Dad or another friend/family member to meet me in the lobby of the hospital. This leaves you free to rest and relax, which is so important!
My process of encapsulation begins with cleaning and sanitizing all my equipment. I have taken an OSHA-approved Blood Born Pathogen training, which includes the proper method to keep all my equipment, which is specific to my encapsulation service and is not used in any other way or for any other purpose, clean and safe for my clients. Even if I am processing multiple placentas within a short time frame, each client is assured that there is no cross-contamination as I only process one at a time, and my safety measures ensure sanitation is well-attended to.
Then, a gentle rinse of the placenta (and, if a tincture is desired, a small piece is removed and placed in the tincture bottle with quality grain alcohol). followed by steaming over a bed of sliced jalapeno, ginger, and lemon. The size of the placenta decreases by about half or more during this time. The placenta is removed, and the liquid can be strained and retained as ‘Mother’s Broth’, which has uses of its own. (See my ‘A La Carte Encapsulation options’ for options on small pieces for smoothies, tinctures, mothers broth, and more!)
After allowing time for cooling, I thinly slice the placenta, and it goes into the dehydrator. I periodically check for doneness until the placenta is fully dehydrated.
Again, allowing time for cooling first, then the placenta is ground into a fine powder. I hand-fill each capsule with care, and place them in a clean jar. Your jar is labeled with name and date, and a dosage pamphlet is provided for your guidance.
Though your capsules are now complete, my work is not done yet! I take care to thoroughly clean and sanitize my equipment before re-packing it for storage until my next client welcomes her Baby.
Finally, I deliver the capsules, and explain the general dosage guidelines. I am available for questions anytime via phone, text, or email.
I invite my clients to complete a short survey with their experience at some point, a number of weeks after their capsules are delivered. This information helps me learn and grow as a specialist! I remind my clients that I am not a medical professional, but that I am a reliable, clean, and safe specialist performing a wonderful postpartum service for mothers, the benefits of which can truly radiate to the whole family.
When Mama is happy, everyone is happy!
To see if I am available for your due date range, please contact me today!