Fruit of Labor Placenta Encapsulation

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Different Ways to Prepare the Placenta

Simple Method of placenta encapsulation is preparing the placenta directly from a raw state to the dehydrator.  The placenta is gently rinsed, sliced and placed into the dehydrator and dehydrated. This method will provide approximately 25% more yield than the gentle encapsulation method. This method, while it is still beneficial for mood support, is said to be geared more towards energy levels.  Some moms have related that energy to the feeling they get when drinking a cup of coffee.

Gentle Encapsulation is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Method (TCM). Your placenta is rinsed, gently steamed with lemon and ginger, and then dried and encapsulated. The herbs are not included in the capsules themselves, just pure placenta. This method is believed to be warming and replenishing to the postpartum body and circulatory system, and more supportive of mood.  Clients who have a history of depression or anxiety tend to do better with this method.  I had a mom once tell me that this method relaxed her and made her feel warm - like having a glass of wine.

RAW food method of placenta encapsulation is based in the principles of the RAW Foods movement. Your placenta is prepared for dehydration from the raw state. Your placenta must be very fresh. It is dehydrated at a higher temperature for the first hour to discourage the growth of bacteria, then lowered to below 115F for the rest of the dehydration time.  The temperature of the placenta strips do not go above 118F during the dehydration process. The RAW method makes about 25% more capsules, but the dehydration stage takes significantly longer.  This method takes 18-24 hours to dehydrate.

Moms who are choosing the RAW food method need to be aware that they are taking risk of potential bacterial growth in their capsules.  115F with the raw method, while is the ideal temp to preserve all vital nutrients, is not guaranteed to kill off bacteria that could have been introduced to the placenta during the birth process - be that bacteria from baby or from the birth environment.