Top 10 Questions to Ask When Looking to Encapsulate Your Placenta

Top 10 Questions to Ask When Looking to Encapsulate Your Placenta

 

IMG_2034Placentas! It’s becoming more mainstream to encapsulate your placenta. The word has gotten out about the benefits and how women are loving their postpartum recovery these days. So you want to jump on the encapsulation train -where do you start and who even does it?

 

Here are some questions you should be asking your encapsulator. This blog isn’t about convincing you to encapsulate, it’s about finding the right person to do it. I’m here to equip you with the questions you need to ask and the cheat sheet to make sure you are getting the best professional service you can.

Top 10 Questions to Ask When Looking to Encapsulate Your Placenta

Top Ten Questions to Ask Any Placenta Specialist:

  • Who are you trained through?
  • Can I see your current Blood Borne Pathogens Certificate?
  • What is your process?
  • Where do you encapsulate?
  • What do you add to the placenta powder?
  • What type of capsules do you use?
  • How long does the process take?
  • What is your safety/sanitizing protocol?
  • How many capsules should I expect?
  • What are my other options beyond pills?

 

Answers:

 

  • Who are you trained through?

 

      • Make sure it’s reputable organization with an IN PERSON training, meaning a real placenta was used and it was hands on 2 day training, vs just online. Ask to see their certificate, or if they are stillIMG_0666 certifying, ask to see their manual as proof! (The photo is from our Green Bay In-Person training held Aug 2015)
      • Green Bay Doulas are certified Postpartum Placenta Specialists trained through ProDoula

 

  • Can I see your current Blood Borne Pathogens Certificate?

 

      • Anyone who touches your placenta needs to have this, if they don’t ….RUN! This means they will follow OSHA standards of properly handling your placenta, and know how to properly sanitize and discard soiled items.  

 

  • What is your process?

 

      • Day 1: Clean placenta, steam with lemon and ginger root, cut and put on dehydrator, leave for 18-24 hours.
      • Day 2: Take placenta and turn into powder and fill pills

 

  • Where do you encapsulate?

 

      • Placentas should only be prepared in the home of the person who birthed it. This way you are in control of the placenta, you know in fact without a doubt it is your placenta you are consuming.
      • If this is not possible, or is not offered in your area, ask to personally see their area where they encapsulate. Where will your placenta be stored? Next to their family veggies? Is their house clean? Is the area easily cleared of pets, children? Since they are preparing something for consumption in their own kitchen then delivering it to you, each state has laws on if they also need a food handler’s license or caterer’s license? Do you feel confident, this person will properly handle your placenta, return your placenta to you and that it indeed is not someone else’s? If you can’t, then keep looking.

 

  • What do you add to the placenta powder?

 

      • Placentas should be steamed with lemon and ginger root in the water, but nothing should be added IMG_2034to the pills, no essential oils, no fenugreek, NOTHING! Just your placenta.

 

  • What type of capsules do you use?

 

      • Non-colored veggie size 00 should be the response, if they don’t know… walk away. Some capsules can contain gelatin which is a meat byproduct, and so not good for those who are vegetarian or vegan or don’t eat red meat. They should not be colored or flavored as it is just adding more chemicals/dyes to the pills, we want to keep them as authentic as your placenta!
  • How long does the process take?
    • Once the placenta is in view, about 24 hours, 2 hours for 2 consecutive days as dehydrating takes up most of that 24 hour time period. Again another perk of in home encapsulation you know when it will be finished.
    • If it takes more than 24-36 hours for you to get your placenta completed…start asking questions.

 

  • What is your safety/sanitizing protocol?

 

      • OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030. including but not limited to proper protection for encapsulator such as shoe covers, apron, gloves, hairnet, eye wear, mask. All
        equipment gets washed in a hot soapy mixture then sanitized with a proper 1:10 bleach ratio then air dried.

 

  • How many capsules should I expect?

 

      • Each placenta is very different but you can expect 80-200 pills and are usually consumed in the first 6-10 weeks postpartum, don’t hoard your pills, USE them!

 

  • What are my other options beyond pills?

 

    • We don’t recommend raw smoothies because surface bacteria is a good possibility when choosing this route, but you can put the powder into a smoothy once
      processed.
    • Salves can also be made from the powder, and are used on everything from bumps, bites and scrapes and scars, especially cesarean scars, but not intended for nipples or perineum area.
    • Tinctures, are a way to extend the life of your placenta pills, as 1-3 drops equal a pill. Think of a placenta extract ….this can last for a few years even! So if you love how your pills make you feel, or have a past history of postpartum depression- get a tincture as well.

I’m hopeful that this information will lead you to the right placenta specialist for your needs. At Green Bay Doulas we have three Postpartum Placenta Specialist’s ready to assist you and answer any other questions that might come up. If you’d like to know more about our process and procedures please feel free to contact us at information@greenbaydoulas.com or (920) 246-0200 anytime!

 

Authored by: Emily Jacobson