Placenta Services FAQ
Placenta encapsulation? What? Maybe you've heard it but you're wondering whether you should have your placenta encapsulated and who you should hire for placenta encapsulation. Don't worry, you're not alone! We get tons of questions from friends, family, and even clients about placenta encapsulation. Why would someone choose to have their placenta encapsulated after birth, and what are the risks and potential benefits of consuming your placenta.
What is Placenta Encapsulation?
Placenta Encapsulation is the process by which your placenta is processed into capsules you can consume like a daily multi-vitamin. Two Hands Birth Services Postpartum Placenta Specialist follows the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of cleaning, steaming, and then dehydrating your placenta prior to grinding it into a powder and placing in capsules. You can also have your placenta encapsulated using the raw method, just ask.
Why would I want my placenta Encapsulated?
Many people believe that they can improve their postpartum recovery by consuming their placenta. Capsules make for an easy way to do this. The benefits mother seek from consuming their placenta include increased energy and milk supply, nutrient and hormone replenishment, and reduced risk of postpartum depression
Is Placenta Encapsulation Safe?
There are many potential benefits of placenta encapsulation, but it is not without risk. The main risks are your potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens (from your encapsulator or other clients) and exposure to bacteria from an improperly handled placenta. Two Hands Birth Services follows the industry's highest standards for safety to mitigate every possible risk. Our placenta encapsulator holds a bloodborne pathogen certification, a NJ Safe Food Handlers Certification, and have completed extensive hands-on training from leaders in the field
Can anyone have their placenta encapsulated?
Many people can have their placentas encapsulatated but some can't. If you developed an infection (chorioamnionitis) during your birth, you will not be able to consume your placenta. There may be other rare complications that might prompt your medical care provider to want to keep your placenta for examination. If your placenta is sent to pathology or has chemicals applied to it, we cannot encapsulate it for your consumption. Additionally, if your placenta wasn't stored properly we will not be able to encapsulate it for you. You placenta must be placed on ice or in a refrigerator within two hours of its birth and must remain refrigerated. If the encapsulation doesn't begin within 72 hours, the placenta must be frozen. We can encapsulate placentas that have been properly refrigerated and/or frozen within 6 months. Beyond that, the placenta is not considered safe for consumption according to our training standards. We go over all these details with our clients and you'll have clear, written instructions. If you hire Two Hands Birth Services for placenta encapsulation and you aren't able to keep your placenta, any fees paid less your $50 deposit will be refunded to you.
How many pills will i get from my placenta? When do I take them?
The number of pills you can expect depends on a few things, how large your individual placenta is and how long the placenta is steamed for prior to dehydrating. Also, how fine or course the dehydrated placenta is ground. Most clients can expect anywhere from 60-175 capsules from their placenta. Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists will go over consumption guidelines with you as we complete your placenta encapsulation. We do recommend taking your capsules in the weeks and months immediately following your birth, rather than saving them for future use.
How do you make placenta capsules?
It takes about two hours, two days in a row to process your placenta. The most time consuming part of the process is thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the work space. On the first day, the placenta is cleaned, drained, steamed, and placed in thin strips into the professional grade food dehydrator. Your placenta remains in the dehydrator overnight. The next day each piece of your placenta is tested to ensure it is dehydrated completely before grinding it into a powder and placing it in capsules. Once your capsules are made they will be placed into a bottle with instructions and dropped off at your door. The Placenta Specialist will remain available to you for any questions you have during your postpartum period.