Frequently Asked Questions
Why Hire a professional Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (PES)?
I am a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist by PBi, which is the largest and most recognized placenta encapsulation organization in the world. I am knowledgeable in the principals and benefits of placentophagy and can answer the questions that you may have. I adhere to standards for sanitation, and safe food handling. All equipment, if not disposable, are thoroughly sterilized between each use. All materials used meet food grade standards. I treat the placenta sacredly, and I will focus on honoring the work it has done to nourish your baby, while preparing it to continue its work nourishing you.
How are the placenta capsules prepared?
Your placenta will be prepared following the Traditional Chinese Method (TCM). This includes gentle handling of the placenta, cleansing in clean water, careful drainage of the blood vessels, steaming with spices, dehydration and powdering. Then your placenta will be encapsulated in vegetarian capsules.
Can I encapsulate my placenta if I am GBS positive?
YES! GBS is a bacteria and bacteria is destroyed at high temperatures. Vancouver Placenta has always and will ONLY provide Traditional Chinese Method (TCM) of preparation. It involves a steaming process that allows the placenta to reach over 100°C temperatures to destroy any type of bacteria that may be present in the placenta or may have been present in the vagina or birth canal. We have always encouraged moms to seek certified specilists who have food safety training and follow stringent TCM method. Raw encapsulation method dehydrates raw placenta under 70°C. It does not meet food safty requirement and is not recommanded.
Is there any risk of cross contamination?
I encapsulate one placenta at a time, so there is no risk of cross contamination. I do not pick up a new placenta until the previous encapsulation has been completed and the capsules have been delivered. In the rare case that two clients deliver their babies on the same day, the latter client needs to wait for up to 24 hours until the previous placenta capsules have been delivered.
When should I have my placenta prepared?
The placenta preparation should take place as soon as possible after delivery, ideally within the first 72 hours. The first two weeks are the most important and effective time to start taking the placenta. In case that the placenta cannot be processed immediately, it can last in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Will hospital release my placenta?
Most hospitals in the Vancouver area are good about releasing the placenta. We suggest that you tell your doctor ahead of time that you plan to keep your placenta and write it in your birth plan. Also be sure to remind the nurse that you plan to take it home when you check in for delivery.
How should the placenta be stored?
Please ensure that your placenta is kept fresh. The placenta should be placed in an enclosed container, or in quality ziplock bags. It can remain at room temperature for 3-4 hours following the birth. After that it should be refrigerated or kept in a cooler with ice packs. If it is going to be more than 48 hours before the placenta can be prepared, it should be frozen.
How long does the encapsulation process take?
24 to 48 hours.
How many capsules will my placenta make?
A placenta will make between 80 to 150 capsules depending on the size of the placenta and gestation age. The average amount of capsules from a placenta delivered at 40 weeks gestation is around 120, using size "0" capsules.
How often do I take my placenta capsules?
Capsules can be taken 1-3 times, up to 6 pills a day during the first 6 weeks. Some can be saved for hormonal imbalances like when weaning baby off the breast. Placenta pills should be stored in the refrigerator for short time use. Leftover pills after a year can be frozen for later use in life, such as when you're experiencing fatigue, stress, depress or menopause. Capsules can last indefinitely in your freezer.
Is there any side effects with placenta encapsulation?
We cannot guarantee the results with placenta capsules or any other placenta remedy, because the capsules are made by 100% of your placenta. We highly recommend that you follow the care instructions given by your trained specialist. Storing your placenta capsules properly, avoiding TCM capsules when ill and not taking over the recommended dose will reduce your chances of experiencing any side effect. Very rarely, less than 2% of our clients have reported some side effects such as mild headaches, stomach cramping, and unexplained lack of milk production. (Reference: http://placentanetwork.com)
What if I have an epidural or a c-section?
Many of my clients have had epidurals and c-section. They benefit from the placenta capsules just as much.
What if I am Strep-B positive or have a maternal infection and need antibiotics?
With Strep-B, you might be given penicillin during your labor to prevent transmission of the infection to your baby. You are allowed to opt out of antibiotics if you wish and many mothers have safely done so. If you do choose antibiotics during labor, it is possible that there are some antibiotics remaining in your placenta, and therefore in your capsules. However, the antibiotics will not have an effect on the benefits of the placenta.