What is placenta encapsulation????
A few days ago I interviewed Samantha Gadsden a doula based in Caerphilly. The post was well received however, some friends and mums asked me what placenta encapsulation was. I briefly mentioned it as a service in my last post and now readers wanted to learn more on the subject. Doula Interview Here.
To be honest I didn’t know a whole lot on the subject. I’ve read about it in celebrity magazines but that was about it. Luckily I know a lady who is qualified in placenta encapsulation.
- Hi Jenny, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a single parent to two little ones, a doula, a placenta specialist (I offer placenta encapsulation) and a babywearing consultant. I serve women and families all over South Wales.
- So what exactly is placenta encapsulation? We take the placenta and dry it at a high temperature then grind it down into powder, which is placed into capsules for mothers to take postnatally.
- What/who inspired you to train in placenta encapsulation? I really love the third stage of labour (when you are giving birth to the placenta) and I think its significance is not acknowledged in modern birth practices. I wanted to know as much as I could about the placenta!
- What qualifications are needed to encapsulate and do you need any requirements such as a food hygiene check? I trained with IPEN and am a member of The Placenta Remedies Network. We are trained to a high standard of food hygiene and are the only practitioners who have been approved by environmental health. As a food business you are legally required to register and have an inspection and a rating.
- If a mum wanted to keep her placenta and she gave birth in a hospital would they help? Yes I have found that midwives are very obliging at making sure the placenta is packed correctly for mothers.
- Are there any reasons a hospital may not allow mum to keep her placenta? The placenta is the mother’s property but they may decline to release it if there is evidence of an infection that needs further testing. The general policy seems to be only women who have their own Tupperware can take it, but I have been pleasantly surprised at the “bending” of rules in the past for women who decide last minute they want to keep it.
- Can a mum encapsulate if she was induced or had a c-section? Yes absolutely.
- Are there any contraindications that would stop you from encapsulating? If it was not chilled correctly, if it was birthed in the water, if the mother smoked during her pregnancy or had Hepatitis or HIV.
- How would a mum get the placenta to you? I provide mothers with a coolbag, box and ice packs and they store it and await my collection. Depending on the time of day I can go directly to the hospital or collect from their home.
- So once you have the placenta, how do prepare the capsules? Sometimes women request it is steamed first, so I either steam it and then slice it or slice it raw into very thin slices and dehydrate it for around 16 hours. When it is completely dry I grind it down into a fine powder and I have a capsule machine where I can make 50 at a time but cap each one by hand.
- How many capsules would you say a placenta makes? Anything from 100 to 300 plus, depending on method used and size.
- How often are the capsules taken? Two capsules three times a day, but you can take more or less depending on your needs.
- I have read that some mums choose to drink the placenta in a smoothie, can this be done? I don’t personally offer this as a service as it is very time sensitive but I have done it for birth clients and with my own. It is the most nutritious and beneficial way to consume placenta.
- What are the benefits of taking placenta capsules? Although studies have not yet come back with any definitive answers, women overwhelmingly tell us that they have improved breastmilk supply, better mood, more energy and bleed less when they consume their placenta.
- How much would this service cost, what is included and do you offer packages? I charge £180, this includes delivery of your chiller pack either through the post or by hand, collecting your placenta, the on-call period where you’re waiting for your baby, the two-day process and returning the capsules either through the post or by hand depending on distance.
- Where can my readers find out more about your service?