Placenta Encapsulation FAQ
When you are trying to decided which services you want to invest in, you may find that you have MANY questions. Selecting birth or postpartum services involves confidence and trust in the company you use. You will find the solutions to many of your questions below.
WHAT IS PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION?
The first thing we do is examine your placenta and wash the blood off. Depending on your preparation preference, the placenta is either very thinly sliced, or gently steamed and then thinly sliced. These slices go into a food grade dehydrator until the internal temperature reaches 160° F for about 8-10 hours. It is then ground up into a fine powder and pit into fill form using an encapsulating device. We package your capsules using dark glass or PET plastic jars to protect the quality and potency.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAW METHOD AND BASIC HEATED?
The raw foods method of preparation skips the heating process before dehydration. Your placenta is only washed and sliced. This gives you more potent capsules and a higher yeild. The heated method gently warms the placenta. The placenta is sliced and dehydrated. Basic Heated stays in the line with the belief that the postpartum body needs warmth to properly health from birth, replenish and move fluids and remove obstructions. Both have incredible benefits!
CAN I ENCAPSULATE MY PLACENTA IF I HAVE A C-SECTION?
Absolutely! Just make sure you let your care provider and hospital know that you plan to take your placenta home with you. They will place it in a small, plastic container labeled with your information.
HOW DO I STORE MY PLACENTA UNTIL IT CAN BE PREPARED?
At your prenatal visit your encapsulator will give you a small styrofoam cooler with a utility grade thermomator inside. Bring this with you when you give birth. Your placenta contain can be placed inside the cooler surrounded by ice. Stick the thermomator in the ice next to the container and ensure it stays between 30-40° F until your encapsulator arrives. You can obtain ice from the staff where you birth.
HOW DO I KNOW MY PLACENTA IS BEING PREPARED CORRECTLY?
The Doulas in LA is run by someone who trains other placenta specialists internationally and is very familiar with following food handling safety. OSHA protocol for working with bloodborne pathogens are always followed and you can rest assured that your specialist will only have one placenta picked up a time. There is never a risk of mix up or cross contamination.
WHAT IS A PLACENTA TINCTURE?
Placenta tincture is a piece of raw or powdered placenta that is fermented in high proof alcohol. The alcohol draws all of the nutrients and hormonal compounds from the placenta, perserving it for longer periods of time.