FAQ About Placenta Encapsulation
That is completely fine and I only use vegecaps (suitable for vegan/vegetarians).
The preparation process is always done in a sterile environment, using sterile equipment specially designed for encapsulation and honouring of the placenta.
I hold a Blood Borne Pathogens (BBP) Certificate as well as Food Safety. APPA (Association of Placenta Arts) holds high standards within their comprehensive training.
I service all Perth hospitals and home births within 50km of Subiaco. Here is a list of the hospitals I service:
- King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH)
- Family Birth Centre
- Fiona Stanley
- SJOG Subiaco
- SJOG Mt Lawley
- SJOG Murdoch
- SJOG Midland
- Osborne Park
- Glengarry Private
- Joondalup (Public and Private Hospitals)
- Swan District
- Rockingham General
- Peel Health Campus
In the event that your placenta is sent to laboratory for testing, then it can’t be encapsulated. This is an extremely rare occurrence. Also the placenta needs to be correctly handled and refrigerated for encapsulation.
Yes! As long as your placenta was refrigerated soon after the birth and then frozen within a week. It can be encapsulated up to six months after birth.
In the event that your placenta is sent to pathology for testing, then it can’t be encapsulated. This is an extremely rare occurrence.
In the event of being positive to Group B Strep, the placenta can still be encapsulated, though only with the TCM method (including steaming in the process). There is no concern as the high heat of steaming and dehydrating kills bacteria.
Most definitely. I’ll do an Apple Cider Vinegar wash and then follow the TCM procedure. The steaming and dehydration process will kill any bacteria.
In the event of a highly medical birth, including drugs, epidural and/or caesareans, the placenta can still be encapsulated. The placenta acts as a filter and the toxins that it prevents from passing to the baby are not stored, rather they are sent back to the mother so her body can process and eliminate them.
Most hospitals will release the placenta with no issues. You need to ensure that everyone is aware of your plans to take your placenta home with you. This will include telling your caregiver in advance, as well as detailing it in your birth wishes/birth plan. You may be asked to sign a Placenta Release form.
Your midwife will double bag the placenta and place it in a labelled container in the fridge until collection.
I recommend you book the service now. There is often lots to do and think about during pregnancy, so once it is booked in on my calendar, your booking is confirmed. I have received bookings from mothers in the first trimester.
Most importantly listen to the cues of your body and adjust dosage accordingly. I recommend Day 1-10, take 2 capsules 3 times a day with food. Day 11 onwards take 2 capsules twice a day with food until finished. You may prefer to take less than this recommended dosage. Always listen to your body and discontinue in cases of cold, flu or infection.
The placenta capsules are tasteless.
A mother may choose between 2 methods for encapsulating. The Traditional Chinese Method (TCM) or Raw Method. The TCM Method involves the placenta carefully prepared, steamed, slowly dehydrated, ground to a powder and then placed into vegan capsules. The Raw Preparation Method is the same to that of TCM, excluding the steaming of the placenta. Please let me know your preferred choice on the placenta encapsulation booking form.
The capsules can be stored for many months when stored in a cool, dry place. Any left over capsules can be put in the freezer for up to a year and used during times of emotional, hormonal or stressful moments.
This depends on the size of your baby, capsule size and encapsulation method. The placenta is about 15% of the baby’s weight.
I use size 00 capsules and this usually makes 100-250 capsules, which will be enough to last 6-12 weeks post partum.