A little about the placenta...
The placenta is a vascular organ and the word "placenta" actually comes from the Latin word for "cake". It's one of the oldest traditional remedies known and has, over the centuries been used in many ways by both men and women.
Did you know that your baby's placenta, contained in capsule form, is believed to:
Help to balance your hormones
Replenish depleted iron levels
Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state
Reduce post-natal bleeding
Increase milk production
Make for a happier, more enjoyable post-natal period
Increase your energy levels
What Does The Encapsulation Process of The Placenta Involve?
Your placenta will need to be refrigerated as soon after birth as possible. I strongly suggest that you discuss your wish to keep your placenta for encapsulation with your caregiver, prior to your birth, and ask them to document this on your pregnancy notes. It is also a good idea to remind the people who are looking after you on the day that you have your baby, about your wishes to keep your placenta. If you plan to have delayed cord clamping, this is still possible. (Read here about the benefits of delayed cord clamping for your baby). Once the placenta is born and the cord has been cut, the placenta can then be refrigerated. Your placenta should be with me, and the process of encapsulation commenced, ideally within 48 hours of the birth at the most.
When will I receive my capsules?
Commonly, around day 3 - 5 after the birth of a baby, new mothers experience a significant drop in the hormone levels that have been at a high level since the birth. This "dip" can be responsible for mums feeling weepy, moody, irritable and emotional. This is commonly known as the "Baby Blues" and is experienced by many new mothers. It's at this point that it's ideal to have your placenta pills back, in order to help you through this potentially difficult period.
Storing the placenta capsules
You will need to store your capsules in a dry, cool and dark cupboard, such as a pantry. It is absolutely VITAL that they do not come into contact with any moisture therefore they should NOT be stored in a fridge which is a moist environment, as this could cause mould to grow and/or the capsules to dissolve.
How many capsules will I receive?
You will receive approximately 100-200+ capsules, depending on two things; the size of the placenta (placentas tend to be approximately one sixth of the size of the baby that they nourish!) and the size of capsules that are used. I use size 0 or 00 capsules but can order a specific size for you if you have trouble swallowing larger sized capsules. Your placenta package will come with information on the suggested dosage of the capsules, and the yield gained from your placenta.
It takes approximately 36 hours to prepare, dehydrate and encapsulate your placenta. If you have frozen your placenta, the process will take an additional 24 hours as the placenta must be defrosted naturally.
Firstly the placenta is washed well and any clots and blood are removed. It is then steamed gently, sliced thinly and placed on dehydrator trays.
Once the placenta pieces are completely moisture free they are then ground down into a fine powder in readiness for encpasulation into the vegecaps.