1.Why Hire a professional Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (PES)?
Like every PES, I have been educated and trained in all aspects of taking the safest, most effective care of your placenta. I have had specific training on safe handling and cleanliness. I hold a valid Food Safe Level 1 certificate and have been educated in how to avoid potential blood-born pathogens.
2.What is the TCM method of placenta encapsulation?
As a PES, I have been trained in the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) method of encapsulation. This follows a long history of Chinese medicine which states that to rebuild one’s energy (Qi) only “warming” foods should be consumed. This helps the body to rebuild quicker and give mom more energy.
3.How should we keep the placenta while waiting for pick up?
Upon the birth of your baby, make sure your placenta is stored in a safe, sterile storage container. A new double zip lock bag works well, as does any food grade container you feel safe putting your placenta in. Take care that it seals completely. If you are in the hospital, then your care taker should do this, but make sure it is clearly labeled!
Your placenta must not be left at room temperature for more than 3 hours, or it will become unsafe to consume. It is best kept in a fridge, or if longer than 2 days is needed before pick up, the freezer is suggested.
4.Will hospital release my placenta?
This depends on your Doctor or midwife and the regulations of the hospital. Locally, we have had little to no problems.
5.How long does the encapsulation process take?
The total time varies, but approximately about 12-15 hours. My goal is to return your placenta back to you within 24 hours.
6.How many pills will my placenta make?
This all depends on the size of the placenta! On average, about 125, although it is not uncommon for some woman to have 90, and others to have 200+. If you have twins, you will have double the pills!
7.How often do I take my placenta capsules?
Although I am not a medical professional, my training through PBi, advised new mothers accordingly:
On days 1-5: 2 pills 3 x daily
One days 6-10: 2 pills 2 x daily
On days 10+: 2 pills 1 x daily, until they are gone, or you feel you don’t need them anymore.
8.Are there any side effects with placenta encapsulation?
Some woman have been known to have some side effects such as dizziness and nausea. When this occurs, decreasing the dose is recommended.
9.What if I have an epidural or a c-section?
That is fine! You are still free to encapsulate as long as no infection was present and the hospital doesn’t see the need to send it to pathology.
10.What if I am Strep-B positive or have a maternal infection and need antibiotics?
If you choose to use antibiotics during your labour then there is a chance that your placenta may contain some of the antibiotics, but research is now showing that if they are present then it is minimal, and to little or no effect on the mother.
Strep B, you are fine to encapsulate.
If however, you have a uterine infection at birth, your doctor or midwife will most likely deem the placenta unfit for consumption. Any sign of infection in the mother’s uterus is a red flag and should be dealt with on an individual basis.
11.If a patient were to be RH- and her baby RH+, is it safe to encapsulate?
It is still safe to encapsulate. Once the placenta is born, it is no longer connected to the mother’s bloodstream, which is where the danger lies. The placenta is prepared and then ingested, meaning the pathway is via her digestive system, not her circulatory system.