PLACENTA PROCESSING SERVICES
WHY SHOULD I ENCAPSULATE AND TINCTURE MY PLACENTA?
That is a fantastic question. What it boils down to is this: Because there is no supplement man-made or organic that can compete with your placenta’s ability to help you recover from childbirth. And get this. You can continue taking your placenta tincture during your period and menopause; it reportedly helps counter some not-so-fun symptoms associated with those times. Studies have proven that the symptoms of postpartum depression are linked with a severe lack of essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin B6, and hormones including CRH (our stress reducing homone), all of which are in high supply in the placenta. Consuming the placenta after birth using placenta encapsulation or other placenta remedies nourishes the mother of lost nutrients and hormones and may entirely prevent baby blues and post-natal depression. Placenta capsules have also been reported to reduce post-birth bleeding, encourage a quick and healthy milk supply, balance hormones, improve the appearance of the skin, hair, and nails, reduce stress levels, and provide an energy boost.
WILL INGESTING MY PLACENTA REALLY INCREASE MY MILK SUPPLY?
Probably. Research on using placenta as a lactagogon have yielded pretty incredible results – 181 out of 210 women who were given dried placenta to increase milk supply had positive results and saw an increase in supply. Encapsulated placenta has been shown to increase a breastfeeding mother’s milk production. There is no guarantee. Many factors affect milk supply, so it is not necessarily a miracle pill. But, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
SO, HOW DO I GET MY PLACENTA TO YOU?
Each hospital has different policies, but in most cases, there are some release papers that you will need to fill out and sign. You should also make a note of it in your birth plan so the hospital staff does not automatically dispose of your placenta after birth. They will put it into a tub and refrigerate it until I come to pick it up. If they do not refrigerate it, ask for a plastic tub and put it on ice (inside its own sealed container). Then call me. Or if I am already at your birth as your doula or birth photographer, I simply take it home with me when I leave. If you birth at home, put it into a sealed plastic container in your refrigerator once it has been checked out by your midwife.
HOW LONG DOES THE ENCAPSULATION AND TINCTURE PROCESS TAKE?
Depending on the time of day and circumstances surrounding pick-up, your placenta will be prepared and ready for you within three days of giving birth. I follow the Raw High-Yield or Traditional Chinese Method unless you request otherwise, and the process of dehydration before encapsulation is done overnight. Tinctures take 6-8 weeks to cure and then remain indefinitely shelf stable if stored correctly.
WHAT KIND OF INGREDIENTS DO YOU USE?
The capsules are made from 100% vegetable product. They are free of starch, sugar, corn, syrup, wheat, dairy, and other potential irritants and preservatives. They are Kosher and Halal certified. There should not be any dietary concerns. And the animals thank you for not using their body parts. The tinctures are cured in high quality gluten-free grain alcohol.
OKAY, NOW GIVE ME ALL THE UGLY POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS.
Because your placenta is made by you, the quality and potency of your placenta capsules and tincture is unique to your own biology. Storing your placenta products properly is very important. Avoid taking the capsules when ill or feverish. Do not take over the recommended dose. Blah blah blah. Common sense, ya dig? Following these precations will reduce your chances of experiencing annoying side effects. Very rarely, side effects do occur, and most are the result of poor storage or taking too high a dosage. Mild headache, stomach cramping, jitteriness, or emotional symptoms similar to PMS have been reported. It should also be noted that the recommend dosage is a general guideline – it may be too much or not enough for you. Play it by ear and start with small doses working your way up as needed. Listen to your body.