Placenta FAQ

 

 

What is Placenta encapsulation?

It is processing the mothers placenta in such a way that she may ingest the placenta in order to gain many of the possible benefits it provides.

What are the benefits?

Mothers have reported the following benefits: Increased lactation, hormonal balance, decreases of baby blues, reduces fatigue, promotes baby bonding, and decreased postnatal bleeding.4,5,6

How might my placenta help me with baby blues?

Your body produces corticotropin-releasing hormone, or CRH, and once the placenta is birthed, there is a drop in CRH production which can lead to postpartum depression AKA baby blues. By ingesting your placenta it helps so give your body back what it started to miss once you gave birth.10

What services do you offer?

We offer The TCM (Traditional Chinese Method). This is a process in which the placenta gets steamed or cooked in order to kill all bad bacteria from the birthing process and then put in a dehydrator. Once it is fully dehydrated then it get ground up and put into capsules, vegan or non-vegan, in order to be ingested. Instruction will come printed on the container and I am always available if you have any questions.

Will the hospital let me keep my placenta?

Every hospital has different policies regarding what is done with the placenta after it is birthed. You must talk with your OB about hospital protocol and any other questions you have I can help you with.

When do I need to let you know its ready for pick-up?

If I will be there photographing your birth then I will take care of it from the time it comes out to the time it leaves with me. If I am not at your birth you will need to bring a cooler and within an hour after it is out, it will need to be placed in a sterilized bucket and be packed in ice until I am able to get there for pickup. Second most important is that you make sure it never leaves your room and that someone can keep and eye on it.

Wont applying heat to my placenta kill all of the nutrients?

Actually it won’t!  In a clinical study, they found the applying heat by steaming or dehydration actually enhances the protein and minerals already present.8

When will I receive my order completed from you?

I will process your order within 48-72 hours after I receive the placenta and will deliver it back to you.

How do I know I am getting capsules made with my placenta?

To ensure safety and guarantee it is your placentas in the capsules, I only process one placenta at a time.

Are there metals in my placenta?

The break down of a placenta metal contents goes like this: Mercury – no noticeable amounts found. Cadmium- 2.42 mcg in average placenta and the FDA doesn’t regulate how much goes in your food and the EFSA regulates 170mcg intake per week is safe for induction. Lead- 5.1mcg in average placenta while the FDA recommends no more then 100mcg in candy.9

What is the breakdown of what is in a placenta that may help me heal?

“Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone,
Prolactin: promotes lactation,
Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. In pharmaceutical form this is a very addictive drug because it promotes a feeling of connectedness with others,
Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events,
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores,
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections,
Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory,
Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition,
Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing,
Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections. “1

Isn’t ingesting your placenta considered to be cannibalism?

Actually it isn’t. Cannibalism is defined as the act of ritualistic eating of the flesh of anther human. Since its not flesh but an organ, and not another persons, it’s your own, then that is not the case here.3

Doesn’t the placenta contain waste?

The placenta is looked at as a barrier between the mothers blood and baby’s. While it does protect the baby from some toxins that pass through the placenta, they are not stored there. The mother’s liver and kidneys process the waste from the fetus and body toxins.11

This just seems like a fad.

It’s actually an old practice dating back over 1400 years by the use of the TCM method! It really started to get a bad reputation around the time of the 18th century and then as it  was studied more and mothers began to vocalize their benefits they were having and it started to become more the norm at the end of the nineteenth century.2

 

 

Material References:

1.Research Studies Supporting Placenta Encapsulation. (n.d.). Retrieved June 22, 2016, from http://www.placentawise.com/research-studies-supporting-placenta-encapsulation/

2. Between Mother and Child. pg 169

3. (n.d.). Retrieved June 03, 2016, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cannibalism

4. Bensky/Gamble. 1997. Materia Medica, Eastland Press, 549.

5. McNeile, Lyle G. 1918. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children, 77. W.A. Townsend & Adams, original press: University of Michigan.

6. Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352.

7. British Journal of Midwifery July 2012 Vol 20, No 7

8.Phuapradit, W. (n.d.). Nutrients and Hormones in Heat-Dried Human Placenta [Abstract]. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand,83(6), 690-694.

9.Uncovering the Truth About Bacteria and Heavy Metals in the Placenta. (n.d.). Retrieved June 22, 2016, from http://placentaassociation.com/uncovering-the-truth-about-bacteria-and-heavy-metals-in-the-placenta/

10. What do you do with the placenta? (n.d.). Retrieved June 22, 2016, from http://healthbeat.spectrumhealth.org/placenta/

11. Human placenta as a ‘dual’ biomarker for monitoring fetal and maternal environment with special reference to potentially toxic trace elements. Part 3: Toxic trace elements in placenta and placenta as a biomarker for these elements. (n.d.). Retrieved June 22, 2016, from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969701008270