Questions to Ask About Placenta Encapsulation
Placenta encapsulation is a centuries-old practice that is making a modern day come back and for good reason. Celebrities that have publically announced their choice to heal naturally after birth include Kim & Kourtney Kardashian, Coleen Rooney, January Jones, Mayim Bialik, Holly Madison, Kim Zolciak, and Gaby Hoffman. Because of these women and many others, placenta encapsulation has become a topic of discussion when preparing for childbirth.
When most people hear about placenta encapsulation they think it’s one of most bizarre things they’ve ever heard. Then, when they hear that the placenta is dried, ground into a powder, put into capsules, and looks like any other capsule supplement they are more open to the idea. Their interest is peaked even more when they hear the reported benefits.
Women who’ve consumed their placenta in capsules say:
- they have more energy
- they heal faster with less pain
- they feel a sense of well-being and balance
- they have helped reduce or lessen the symptoms of postpartum depression
While those benefits are anecdotal, and not to be ignored since anecdotal information is where larger studies begin, there are some scientific studies that support the idea that consuming one’s own placenta can help increase breast milk production.
There are some very important questions you should ask when choosing someone to encapsulate your placenta.
Here are 5 questions to ask about placenta encapsulation to be as safe as possible:
- What training have you had? Can I see proof you are trained? Are you certified? How often do you recertify?
- What other certifications, if any do you hold that are relevant to placenta encapsulation? May I see those?
- Where is the encapsulation process completed at exactly? May I schedule a time to see the space? Are there other people or animals who frequent the space where my placenta is processed?
- Do we get to meet face to face before you process my placenta?
- How will I know the placenta powder in the capsules came from my placenta (and bloodborne pathogens) and no one else’s?
First Coast Placenta does not cut corners with your safety! Hire the best because it matters!
This experience is provided by a professional whose number one concerns are your safety, transparency, and comfort. Placenta encapsulation requires attention to detail, knowledge, and extreme caution. With First Coast Placenta we acknowledge the seriousness of this service and do not feel it should be treated as a side gig or hobby.
First Coast Placenta specialists are dual trained, certified, and cross-certifying with a second organization. We are W.H.O. compliant and O.S.H.A certified in bloodborne pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1090.1030 and hold a current Food Handler’s certificate.
First Coast Placenta brings love, energy, and healing after you give birth! Ask our clients what they think about the service and experience they received, we will provide you with a list of references.
We will happily answer these questions and any others you might have. Contact us today to learn more and may your postpartum be positive!
“Powdered Placenta Hominis was used for 57 cases of insufficient lactation. Within 4 days, 48 women had markedly increased milk production, with the remainder following suit over the next three days.”
Bensky/Gamble. 1997. Materia Medica, Eastland Press, 549
“All patients were given desiccated placenta prepared as previously described (C.A. II, 2492) in doses of 10 grams in a capsule 3 times a day. Only those mothers were chosen for the study whose parturition was normal and only the weights of those infants were recorded whose sole source of nourishment was mothers milk. The growth of 177 infants was studied. The rate of growth is increased by the ingestion of placenta by the mother… the maternal ingestion of dried placenta tissue so stimulates the tissues of the infants feeding on the milk produced during this time, that unit weight is able to add on greater increments of matter, from day to day, than can unit weight of infants feeding on milk from mothers not ingesting this substance.”
Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36.
American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University
“It has been shown that the feeding of desiccated placenta to women during the first eleven days after parturition causes an increase in the protein and lactose percent of the milk… All the mothers were receiving the same diet, and to the second set 0.6mg of desiccated placenta was fed three times a day throughout the period. Certain definite differences in the progress of growth of the two sets of infants are to be observed. It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta.”
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
“An attempt was made to increase milk secretion in mothers by administration of dried placenta per os. Of 210 controlled cases only 29 (13.8%) gave negative results; 181 women (86.2%) reacted positively to the treatment, 117 (55.7%) with good and 64 (30.5%) with very good results. It could be shown by similar experiments with a beef preparation that the effective substance in placenta is not protein. Nor does the lyofilised placenta act as a biogenic stimulator so that the good results of placenta administration cannot be explained as a form of tissue therapy per os. The question of a hormonal influence remains open. So far it could be shown that progesterone is probably not active in increasing lactation after administration of dried placenta. This method of treating hypogalactia seems worth noting since the placenta preparation is easily obtained, has not so far been utilized and in our experience is successful in the majority of women.”
Soykova-Pachnerova E, et. al.(1954). Gynaecologia 138(6):617-627