Why would anyone encapsulate their placenta?
For thousands of years, the placenta has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine. Only in the last century has Western culture opened itself to this ancient source of healing and balance. There is no substance, natural or manufactured, that can rival the placenta's effectiveness at bringing emotional and physical balance, and helping you recover from birth. On your journey through pregnancy, the placenta has been maintaining and facilitating hormone production. Once it leaves your body, it can take some time to adjust to the change. Placenta encapsulation has been shown to help the process.
The hospital will allow me to leave with my placenta?
They will! There are few instances when the placenta would not be released to you, but they are rare. Talk to you provider about their practice and the protocol of the hospital you've chosen.
How long does the encapsulation process take?
The service spans two days. On the first visit we begin the preparation and dehydration. Once the process has begun, we have some time to check in with your postpartum questions. We leave and allow the placenta to dehydrate overnight. The next day, after at least 12 hours, we return to finish the encapsulation. Each appointment in your home will last approximately 2 hours.
Will everyone know I'm eating my placenta?
Not unless you want to tell them! We are always discreet in our practices and appearance. If anyone inquires about the equipment we're bringing to your home, we simply explain that we're doulas and are doing some postpartum cooking for the family. Our visits in your home are brief, and it's a great opportunity for you to excuse yourselves from an abundance of visitors. That said, we welcome family members to be present and ask questions about the process, if you wish.
Besides balance and restoration, what possible benefits can encapsulation provide?
In one of the first studies regarding placenta encapsulation, women who received dehydrated placenta reported an increase in milk supply. Other women have reported an increase in energy, increased circulation, reduced bleeding, a greater sense of calm, and a deeper level of sleep.
How many capsules will I receive from my placenta?
Just like every baby, every placenta is different. You can anticipate between 75 and 200 capsules; the right amount for you. Your capsules are always 100% vegetarian, and contain no preservatives.
Is placenta encapsulation safe?
The placenta is sacred and vital, temporarily grown by a mother to nourish her baby. When handling and processing your placenta, your Maine Doulas Postpartum Placenta Specialist takes care to ensure that the process is treated with the greatest respect. However, the placenta is an organ and must be handled, stored and processed in a sanitary manner. This is one of the most important reasons that your Maine Doulas PPS will never transport your placenta, or bring your placenta into her home. We value your safety and your health. We want you to feel assured that the placenta you are ingesting is your own. We don't want you to wonder how it travelled, who's refrigerator it was stored in, who had access to it there, what pets may have been present. With our trained professional in your home, you will have no doubt that this precious item has received the proper attention it deserves. We follow strict OSHA guidelines (Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1090.1030) for hygiene and sanitation as we work, and are always transparent in our process. We welcome your questions.