What are the benefits of encapsulation?
Many benefits have been reported by women that have had their placentas encapsulated. Benefits include increased energy, faster healing, reduction of mood swings, overall happier attitude, increased milk production, shorter and lighter postpartum bleeding.
If I had pitocin, stadol or an epidural during birth can I still encapsulate?
Yes. None of these medications impact your ability to encapsulate your placenta.
If I'm GBS positive can I still encapsulate?
Yes. Group B Strep does not transfer to the placenta.
My placenta was frozen 6 months ago, can I still get it encapsulated?
Yes, as long as your placenta was chilled within 4 hours of birth and frozen within 48 hours, I will encapsulate a placenta up to 12 months old.
My placenta was taken to the pathology lab after I gave birth, can I still get it encapsulated?
No. Due to the potential contamination I cannot encapsulate a placenta that has been sent to the pathology lab.
What can I do if they want to take my placenta to pathology?
You can ask if a visual examination can be done in your delivery room. If that isn't enough you can also request that only a small portion of the placenta be sent to pathology rather than the whole placenta. If your doctor feels that a piece of the placenta will not suffice then, unfortunately, you placenta will not be safe to consume.
If I give birth prematurely can I still encapsulate?
Maybe. Some babies are born prematurely because of a problem, it is best to consult your care provider to see if your placenta is still safe for consumption. However, in most cases the placenta is fine for encapsulating.
Can I encapsulate my placenta after a lotus birth?
No. A lotus birth involves leaving the placenta attached to baby after birth until it falls away naturally. The placenta is often treated with salt and herbs to help it dry out faster and it is not refrigerated. This renders the placenta unfit for consumption. However, some alternatives are available. Some women choose to leave the cord and placenta attached, but remove a small or large portion of the placenta within 4 hours to have encapsulated. Another option is to leave the placenta attached for up to 4 hours, which allows for the prolonged attachment but still leaves the placenta safe for consumption. Finally, the placenta can be placed on ice in a cooler for up to 48 hours (as long as the temperature is kept at 40 degrees F or lower) to allow for more gentle separation of the placenta while still preserving it for consumption.
Can I bank or donate my baby's cord blood and still encapsulate?
Yes. If you plan to donate or preserve your baby's cord blood be sure to inform your care providers both at your prenatal appts and at the birth that you are using both services so that they can preserve your placenta and cord appropriately.
What are the reasons I would be unable to encapsulate?
If your placenta has been treated with anything, taken to the pathology lab, not chilled within 4 hours after birth or if you developed a uterine infection during labor your placenta should not be consumed.
If the placenta is a filter, does that mean it's full of toxins?
Your placenta is classified as a facilitator organ and acts as more of a "gateway" than a "filter". It transports nutrients to your baby from your body and transports toxins from your baby into your body where they are processed through your body and eliminated naturally. No toxins are stored in the placenta at any time. If this were not the case it would be extremely toxic to consume. Thankfully that is not the case!
How much does encapsulation cost?
Encapsulation services start at $175. You can find more details here: http://myrtlebeachplacentaencapsulation.com/services-pricing/
What is required to hire you?
I require a $75 deposit to hold your space on my calendar. The balance is due when I drop your capsules off.
How should I pay you?
I accept payment through PayPal, cash, check, credit or debit.
What are your travel fees?
Travel to any of the Myrtle Beach area hospitals (Conway, Loris, Grand Strand & Waccamaw) are included in my fees. On the rare occasion that I need to travel outside of those areas, I charge a small fee $0.50 a mile.
What do I need to bring to my birthplace in order to be prepared?
You will need a cooler to properly store, the placenta release form and instructions to the staff in your birth plan.
When should I call you to get my placenta?
I ask that all clients text me when they go into labor so I can make arrangements to pick up. Then another text or call when you are ready for me to come.
How should I store my placenta before it's picked up?
Your placenta should be kept on ice until I am able to come pick up, generally within 18 hours of delivery.
Where do you encapsulate?
The majority of placentas are prepared in my own sterile encapsulation space. I prefer to encapsulate in my own space because I have more control over that environment.
Can I have my placenta prepared in my home?
I do offer the option of in home placenta preparation for an additional $25 fee.
How is my placenta prepared?
Depending on the method you choose, your placenta is either steamed and dehydrated at a low temp or dehydrated while raw. Then the dehydrated placenta is ground into a fine powder. I then fill gelatin capsules with the powder.
Are there any other ingredients added to my capsules?
I never add any ingredients other than your placenta to the capsules.
Will I be able to taste the placenta in the smoothie?
Since a very small piece of your placenta is added to a full 12oz smoothie, the only thing you taste is the smoothie. The placenta is undetectable.
Are there different flavors for the smoothie?
Of course. Standard options are strawberry, blueberry, peach and cherry. All smoothies are packed full of vitamins, probiotics, healthy sugars and omega 3s.
How soon can I expect to receive my capsules?
Once I pick your placenta up you can expect to receive your capsules within 48 hours.
How many capsules does a placenta produce?
This varies based on the size of your placenta, preparation method and extra services you choose, but generally anywhere from 100 to 200 capsules.
How often should I take my capsules?
This also varies from woman to woman. I give a basic guideline to start with and then you can adjust your dose as needed. I typically recommend starting with 9 caps a day (3 caps 3x/day) for the first week and then reduce the dose to 6 caps a day during week 2, 4 caps a day during week 3 and 2 caps a day during week 4. Then you can save the remaining capsules to take as needed. Again, this is just a guideline.
Is there any reason why I shouldn't take them?
If you have any infection in your body you should discontinue use of your capsules until the infection is resolved.
How long should I take my capsules?
As long as you feel you need them. Some women only take them for a couple weeks while others take them for months. There is no time limit, the important part is that you take them as long as you feel they are necessary, then you save the remaining capsules for times of hormonal fluctuation, stress or anxiety.
What is a tincture?
A tincture is an extraction of the placental nutrients. This is accomplished by adding a piece of raw placenta to a high proof alcohol and allowing it to cure in a dry, dark place for 6-8 weeks. The tincture has the same benefits as the capsules.
What is the benefit of the tincture over the capsules?
The tincture is a wonderful addition to your encapsulation as it will last forever when stored properly. The alcohol in the tincture preserves it indefinitely. However, I don't recommend only having a tincture made due to the 6-8 week curing process. Many women save their tincture for menopause or even to give to their own daughters when they start menstruating.
How do I store my capsules?
For the longest shelf life, store your capsules in the provided container in the freezer. Raw capsules are good for up to a year in the freezer and TCM for up to 2 years. Beyond that timeframe your capsules will begin to lose potency. If you find that you are approaching your "best by" date and you still have capsules left you can use the contents of your capsules to create a tincture as well.
If I become pregnant again can I continue to take my capsules?
I recommend that you not take your placenta capsules during pregnancy. The hormones contained within the capsules may negatively impact a pregnancy as they are meant for postpartum recovery.
What if I am having twins?
Well first off, lucky you!!! There are various types of twins (fraternal, mono di identical, mono mono identical), but to simplify things, if you're expecting twins nothing really changes. I do charge an additional $50 to process twin placentas, regardless of whether it's a shared placenta or a fraternal placentas. You can still choose any method and you'll get more capsules!