Your placenta is an amazing organ made by your body, especially for you and your baby.
There are many ways to consume the placenta after birth in order to receive all the potential benefits it has to offer the new mother. Placenta encapsulation provides the most palatable and noninvasive way to consume the placenta since it provides pure placenta in easy to take capsule form. I provide two different types of encapsulation processes - Traditional Chinese Method and Raw Method.
Traditional Chinese Method of Encapsulation
For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has recognized the placenta as powerful medicine. It is used to augment the Qi (energy), nourish the blood, and augment the kidney essence. Translation? Dried placenta is used to bring the postpartum mother's body back into balance, replenishing what was lost during childbirth.
Cooking the placenta is an integral part of the formation and action of the medicine. The placenta is gently steamed with herbs, sliced thin, and dehydrated. It is then ground into a powder and put into capsules. Adding heat to the placenta is part of what makes TCM style encapsulation unique. In Chinese Medicine, raw food are generally considered cooling and isn't recommended in, as a general rule for the tonifying purposes of nourishing blood and restoring energy.
Raw Prep Method of Encapsulation
Unlike the TCM preparation of the placenta, during the Raw Method of Encapsulation, we do not steam the placenta. We forgo the steaming to save the vital nutrients and hormones that may be depleted once the placenta has heated to above 118 degrees. The placenta is then dehydrated and encapsulated. This is not to say one method is better than the other, just that you have several options for encapsulation and should choose the method that best suits your needs and preferences.
Traditionally placenta capsules are used to help:
*balance your hormones,
*enhance your milk supply,
*increase your energy,
*you recover more quickly from birth,
*prevent the "baby blues,"
*shorten postpartum bleeding time,
*assist the uterus to return to it's pre-pregnant size, and
*increase postpartum iron levels.
Studies show that placenta is extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamin B6 and of course, your own natural hormones, making it perfectly made for you, by you.
Women who take placenta capsules report fewer emotional issues and enjoy a faster, more pleasant postpartum recovery. Women, and their families, notice a marked improvement in overall feelings of happiness and well-being when taking placenta capsules.
This form of placenta medicine is not as well known as the encapsulated placenta. However, it is so easy to do and has so many potential benefits, that I always include it in my placenta preparation. I select a small portion of the raw placenta and tincture it in alcohol. After steeping it for 6 weeks, the placenta solids can be strained off to create a long lasting, pure placenta "mother" tincture which can have a multiplicity of uses.
The tincture can be used directly by the mother during times of transition, illness, or stress. From PMS, depression, or menopause, many woman swear by it. The tincture can also be diluted in a bit of water and given to the child when he or she is getting sick or in a time of transition. We don't know why it works, but it seems to bring the child back to a state of physical and emotional balance. What a wonderful gift to be able to give your child that can last their whole life.
The Placenta's Healing Chemicals
The known ingredients that give the placenta its healing properties are:
-Gonadotrophin - the precursor to estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone
-Prolactin - promotes lactation
-Oxytocin - for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant, often referred to as the "love hormone"
-Interferon - stimulates the immune system to protect against infection
-Thyroid Stimulating Hormone - boosts energy and helps recover from stressful events
-Cortisone - combats stress and unlocks stores of energy
-Prostaglandins - anti-inflamatory
-Hemoglobin - replenishes iron deficiency and anemia
-Gammaglobulin - immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
-Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII - stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
Why hire a Professional Placenta Encapsulation Specialist?
While you are busy bonding with your new baby, we will pick up and prepare your placenta for you. After the placenta has been processed, the finished capsules are then dropped off at your home. Moms usually have their finished placenta capsules within 24-72 hours of us receiving their placenta, dependent on location and current client load.
Our service is safe and discreet. We adhere to all OSHA & EPA guidelines regarding blood-borne pathogen transmission, infection prevention, standards for sanitation, and safe food handling. All material used are thoroughly sanitized between each use, when not disposable, and everything meets food grade standards. Since we perform the service in my facility, there are no unnecessary disturbances in your home.
Worried about how to get your placenta home from the hospital and what is proper handling? No worries! Contact us and we will give you all the details.
The full placenta encapsulation process is $275 for non Alternative Birth Services homebirth & doula clients and $150 for Alternative Birth Services homebirth & doula clients. That includes your placenta pills, placenta tincture, and pick-up and delivery within a 30 mile radius of St. George, Utah ($25 additional fee if you live beyond this boundary). A $100 deposit is due to secure your place on our calendar with the balance paid at the time of placenta pills delivery.
If you are interested in having your placenta encapsulated or would like to know more, please contact us. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.