Placenta encapsulation is a method that has been used through the ages to stabilize and provide nutritive benefits to women in the postpartum and menopausal periods.
During the process of preparation, the placenta is cleaned, membranes and cord are trimmed away, then it is steamed, dehydrated and placed into capsules. The following methods of preparation are offered:
Traditional Chinese Medicine Method
The placenta is steamed with warming herbs and spices. Most commonly ginger, lemon, and red chili or jalapeno are used. These are thought to re-establish the heat balance in the newly postpartum mother. Light steaming is thought to kill bacteria, while still maintaining nutritive integrity. Steaming shrinks the placenta and yields a slightly smaller amount of capsules.
The placenta is cleansed, dehydrated, ground, and placed in capsules. This method is thought to contain the most nutrients. During this process the placenta is completely desiccated however, without the steaming there is the potential of bacteria remaining intact.
P lacenta Tincture
A highly potent liquid tincture is made by blending the placenta with high quality vodka. This mixture is swirled occasionally, and stored in a dark place for six weeks. After six weeks placenta solids are stained off and the tincture is ready.
P lacenta Prints
Beautiful handmade keepsake watercolor prints perfect for the baby book or framing in the nursery. Natural paints are edible,made of fruit and plants so as not to interfere with those wanting encapsulation.
Placenta capsules are guaranteed to be ready in 48 hours. Orders include: remedy, instructional brochure, optional keepsake heart or labyrinth shaped umbilical cord, nourishing tea samples, bath soak, and a hand-written note.
Cost for placenta encapsulation is $200 if dropped off and picked up from Courtneay's home office in Spring, TX. Arrangements for pick up and delivery at other locations can be made for an additional $50 charge.
A $50 non-refundable deposit applied to the total is due at the time of reservation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Isn’t this just another passing fad geared towards the ultra crunchy community?
Contrary to popular opinion placental consumption is not new on the scene, in fact it is an ancient Chinese practice. Recent media of coverage of celebrities who have chosen to encapsulate their placenta has shed light on the practice, making it appear as a fad. In reality this practice has been around for ages and modern moms across all socio-economic backgrounds and sub-cultures are choosing to ingest their placentas to enjoy the reported benefits.
Will the hospital even allow me to take my placenta home? I heard all placentas are sent directly to pathology.
In the state of Texas, since 2015 laws have been set in place granting mothers the right to keep her placenta. The best way to ensure a smooth retrieval of your placenta is to talk to your care provider ahead of time to let them know your plan. You will be given specific instructions for collecting and storing your placenta until your placenta specialist can pick up. Please follow the directions and make sure the placenta always stays in sight.
Doesn’t it taste disgusting?
Once in the prepared form of capsules or tincture, it is tasteless. It does have a slightly fleshy odor but is not unpleasant.
Since the placenta acts as a barrier protecting the fetus from harmful substances, won’t I be ingesting toxins?
Several studies looking at the toxins contained within placentas found the levels to be safe for consumption and far below the level of toxicity.
What am I getting when I consume my placenta?
Prolactin and Human Placental Lactogen
Human Chorionic gonadotropin
Are there any circumstances in which I should not encapsulate my placenta?
Yes, if you have an active infection at the time of delivery or an active contagious disease, or your placenta got sent to pathology, you should not encapsulate your placenta. If you are GBS positive, had meconium stained waters, or had a cesarean section, you are still a candidate for placenta encapsulation.
How can I be sure the process is sanitary?
Not all encapsulation specialists are created equally. Doing your research and being sure you are choosing a specialist who is not only experienced, but certified serves as a safe guard. As an APPA student I am held accountable to maintain the highest standards in placenta processing. These include: following osha guidelines, universal precautions, upholding and applying my training in preventing blood born pathogen exposure and following food handling standards. If you are especially concerned most specialists offer the option to encapsulate in your home for an additional charge.
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The information on this page is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition or disease. Consumption of human placenta is NOT regulated by the FDA. The results of ingesting human placenta is the total responsibility of the client and the preparer will not be subject to liability or refund.