Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
It is always such an exciting decision to have your placenta encapsulated. If you can’t find an answer to your questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
General common questions.
How long will my placenta capsules last?
Every placenta is different and is in proportion to the size of the baby. Most placentas yield approximately 150 – 200 capsules – approximately 3 months supply.
How do I know my placenta is healthy?
If you have a blood based infection like Hepatitis or a uterine infection it is not safe to encapsulate your placenta. When I receive your placenta I check that it is healthy.
What are the capsules made from?
I use vegetable capsules made from hypromellose (HPMC) cellulose, derived from trees. They are preservative free, allergen free, starch free, gluten free, Kosher and Halal Certified.
Is Placenta Encapsulation Safe?
If you don’t have a blood or uterine infection, placenta encapsulation is safe, it is important to refrigerate your placenta soon after the birth. The placenta is very robust so it is safe to be in the room for some time before refrigeration. If you can not access a fridge immediately you can ask for a bag of ice to be placed in the container with your placenta to keep it cool. I work in my own home, so it is important to me and my family that I ensure your safety. I sterilize all of my equipment after every placenta and use disposable materials where possible.
Are there any negative side effects from taking placenta capsules?
I have only had one mother report feeling a little nauseous after taking the capsules, she lessened her dose for a couple of days and felt fine from then on. Another woman found she also had to avoid taking her capsules in the afternoon as they gave her so much energy she found it hard to fall asleep! Research has showed very few women experience negative side effects.
How do you make sure my placenta is not mixed up with someone else’s?
This is of utmost important to me as well as you, therefore I only work with one placenta at a time.
What is a Tincture?
Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts that are made using alcohol and chopped herbs, in this case placenta. The tincture is especially effective in drawing out the essential compounds of herbs. Since this method ensures that the herbs and their nutrients can be preserved for a long time, it is often mentioned in herbal books and remedies as a preferred way of using herbs. Find out more about Tinctures here.
Is it ok to encapsulate my placenta if…
I am induced or have any drugs in labour?
It is still beneficial to encapsulate your placenta if you have had drugs in labour. this includes pain medication, induction medication, antibiotics or surgery.
I have a waterbirth?
Typically, caregivers prefer a woman to leave the birth pool before the placenta is birthed. However, if the placenta comes sooner than this and is birthed in the water, it can still be encapsulated.
Practice delayed cord clamping?
Delayed cord clamping is highly beneficial for your baby and does not impact placenta encapsulation at all. You can read more about this here.
I choose cord blood banking?
Cord blood collection also does not impact placenta encapsulation.
There has been meconium in the waters
Meconium is not harmful to your placenta. Even so, it is usually very superficial and can be removed during the process.
I have tested positive for Group B Strep?
Group Strep B does not impact your placenta and it is still ok to encapsulate.
It is sent to pathology for testing?
If your placenta goes to pathology it still may be encapsulated, talk to me about this at the time.
I have pre-eclampsia?
Yes it is still safe to encapsulate if you have pre-eclampsia.
It has been frozen?
Yes I have encapsulated placentas that have been frozen for some time, it is still beneficial to encapsulate. In fact if you are not 100% decided on encapsulation it is a good idea to freeze your placenta so you have the option to decide to encapsulate at a later time.
I practice lotus birth?
Yes, you an have it all! delayed cord clamping, placenta encapsulation and lotus birth! You have to take extra care with the management of your placenta while it is till attached. Talk to me for more information about Lotus Birth.