Fruit of Labor Placenta Encapsulation

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It is very helpful to me if you can let me know when you're in labor. That will allow me to get my schedule in sync with yours. You can call/text me at 816-352-6866. If it's 3am when you know you are in labor, please just leave a message.

You will need to bring a small cooler {one large enough to hold a 6-pack of soda works well} with you to the hospital as well as two one-gallon size ziplock baggies.  Most hospitals will put the placenta in their own container, but bring the baggies just in case.  You’ll then keep the placenta on ice inside your cooler.  I will take the placenta home with me in your cooler and return your cooler when I return the capsules.

If you are having a homebirth, please double bag the placenta and keep the placenta in your refrigerator.

Are there any circumstances where a placenta cannot be encapsulated?

If you give birth in the hospital and they want to take your placenta to pathology for testing, please ask if they can take a small piece and leave the rest with you. If your whole placenta is sent to pathology, there is no guarantee it will come back to you having been stored at the proper temperature for food consumption or having not come in contact with chemicals directly or through cross contamination. There may be instances where anomalies or abnormalities require the hospital to take the entire placenta, and it will not be made available to you.

Certain conditions during pregnancy such as placenta previa, abruption, or accreta can factor into how much placenta you will actually end up with, resulting in a lesser amount of capsules when all is said and done or not getting your placenta back from the hospital at all such as in a case where a D&C is administered to remove the placenta.

If a uterine or amniotic infection (such as chorioamnionitis) presents itself during labour, it is not safe to re-introduce the infection by consuming the placenta.   

If the placenta has come into contact with meconium (baby's first bowel movement), it may be heavily stained. I have found the hospital to be reluctant in releasing a placenta so far in these circumstances, so you may need to be adamant about taking it especially if you would still like to have artistic services rendered without encapsulating. Meconium stained placentas will be washed and if necessary, the amniotic sack may be removed before processing. RAW food method is not recommended for heavily stained placentas as bacteria from the meconium is not killed off at RAW food method temperatures.

A placenta from a c-section or from a mother who had an epidural, pitocin, other drugs, or antibiotics during delivery is still perfectly safe to encapsulate. Any residual drugs left in the placenta are minimal, as drugs pass through the placenta rapidly and are rendered unstable after processing anyway. The only exception to this is magnesium sulfate which is used for constipation during pregnancy, to treat eclampsia, or to halt pre-term labour. Many hospitals will not release a placenta if magnesium sulfate was administered the day of or during the birth, as there is some controversy in obstetrics questioning if this is safe to ingest or not. In most cases, it is safe, however this depends on a few different factors such as the reason why it was given, how much was given, and the mother's hydration levels. Due to this, the placenta may not be available for release.

When will you pick up the placenta? When will I have my capsules back?

My goal is to get every mom her capsules back by day three postpartum.  I will pick up your placenta from your birth place (New Birth Company moms - it will most likely be from your home) within 48 hours - usually I am there within 12-24 hours.  I will have your capsules back to you within 48 hours of picking up the placenta. I try my best to space my clients out on the calendar, but in reality, babies tend to be born in groups.  I will work on placentas in the order that I receive them, ensuring that everything is very well labeled and properly sanitized between clients.  Although I may have more than one placenta in my home at the same time, your placenta will be in your own cooler on ice until it is its turn to be worked on.  

If you wish to have pictures of your placenta being processed, I’m happy to email those to you at no additional charge - just let me know ahead of time so I can be sure to take pics.

Does everyone experience the same results? Are there any risks or side effects?

Placentophagia never provides a guarantee and cannot be used to prevent or treat any conditions.  The FDA currently has no regulation on the practice. Those who have this service provided for them take the capsules based on their own research and beliefs and understand the potential of the placenta may not be the same for everyone. The only risks are similar to that of dining out at a restaurant and having someone else prepare food for you. My position is to act as a personal chef in preparing your placenta for your chosen consumption.

Considering the placenta has been found to contain hormones and nutrients, it is possible it will have an effect on the body, either positive or negative. Each woman may be affected differently, and there are no specific studies to make claims regarding benefits or side effects. Common experiences are mostly positive, however every body is different and may react in the way of headaches from excess iron, nausea, too much milk supply, or emotions being off balance. Ensure you are drinking lots of water and taking the capsules with food as instructed. Dosage can always be adjusted, and capsules can always be discontinued in the event of undesired effects. The intention of consuming the placenta via capsule form is to support the body during its brief transition from pregnancy hormones to postpartum ones. Not everyone needs their placenta to have a balanced postpartum and feel well, and if you don't need it, your body has an innate way of letting you know.