"Encapsulated placenta is ingested by mom to replenish the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients that she has lost during labor and birth. This helps to restore balance, assist in the prevention of “baby blues” and the more serious postpartum depression (PPD), increase milk quality and supply, shorten healing time, increase her energy levels, and provide an over-all feeling of wellness."
Your Placenta Was Amazingly Created!
I do not believe we fully understand the magnificence of this instrument that God has designed in supporting babies for the nine plus months before birth. It does such an amazing job of nourishing and supporting your growing baby in the womb and yet it is often regarded as nothing more than "medical waste" after it is born. In many other cultures, the placenta is honored in a variety of ways and considered medicinally beneficial to both the mother and child. Just as it protected, nourished, supported and sustained its baby, the placenta, when carefully prepared for consumption, continues its job by:
You may opt to have a tincture made with your placenta in the course of the encapsulation preparation or in lieu of encapsulation. Some mothers do choose to bury the placenta and reserve only a small piece for tincture. Tinctures rest for six weeks after the birth and can be used on their own in times of transition, stress and illness or in conjunction with your capsules. A small portion of the Placenta Tincture can be used to create Placenta Essence and Homeopathic Placenta Remedy if the parents so decide.If you decide you want a tincture made after the placenta has been encapsulated, a different tincture can be made using a small portion of your capsules, about 1-2 per ounce. Detailed instructions are provided for use of tinctures.
|Example placenta kit|
Placenta Kit May Include:
How Should You Prepare?
If you are having a homebirth, your midwife or doula will usually double bag it and ask if you want it refrigerated, frozen or thrown out. If it is agreed that the process will begin within 48 hours of the birth then it's fine in the fridge. It should be stored in the back of the fridge where the temperature remains more constant than by the door. If preparation will not begin for more than 48 hours, it should be double freezer bagged (gallon size is perfect) and placed in the back of the freezer until the day before scheduled when it should be placed in the back of the fridge to start to thaw.
If you are having a hospital birth, make sure you speak to your provider and nurse manager at your birth place ahead of time. You do not need to specify that you are encapsulating your placenta but you should tell them you are bringing the placenta home for religious/cultural reasons that require the placenta remain untainted by chemicals and fixing agents. Your care provider should note it in your chart and be sure to note it on your birth plan as well. Be sure to fill out and have your care provider sign off on the provided Placenta Release Form. Each hospital has their own policy regarding placenta release and may have their own form for you to sign as well. You will want to have a cooler as part of your "for the hospital" plan.
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I do not recommend processing your own placenta.
It is most beneficial as soon after the birth as possible,
when you should be resting and not working!