We provide placenta encapsulation services to families in Missouri and Kansas that are in the Kansas City Metro Area. This includes, but is not limited to, Olathe, Shawnee, Leawood, Lenexa, Prairie Village, Overland Park, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Liberty, North KC, Grandview, Parkville, and Independence. There is a small traveling fee for families outside of the Kansas City area.
The mother will contact Postpartum Peace and let us know she wishes to encapsulate. We will reply with an information packet, a link to a questionnaire and the scheduling deposit. Once the mother has completed the questionnaire and paid the deposit her due date will be put onto the calendar. The information packet will provide all the information she needs safely care for the placenta following the birth. We ask that the mother call, e-mail, or text, if possible, when she is in labor. This helps us to clear the schedule so a Postpartum Peace Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist can start the encapsulation process as soon as possible following the birth. This is optional but helpful. After the birth, the mother or some designated will need to contact Postpartum within 12 hours to set up a time that we can come to their home to begin the encapsulation process.
We follow the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of placenta encapsulation. This includes steaming, drying and grinding the placenta and then encapsulating. This method has been used in the Eastern world for hundreds of years to treat postpartum fatigue and to increase breast milk production. This method has been shown to be effective and safe for postpartum recovery.
As Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialists (CPES) through PBi we have been trained to follow OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Standards) standards for safety regarding bloodborne pathogens. OSHA Standard 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogens.

We also have been trained in the disinfection and waste disposal guidelines of:

  • EPA (Environmental Protection Agency): Environmental Management Guide for Small Laboratories. My training is specifically focused on the section on Biological Waste Management Program.
  • CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Health and Safety, Biosafety Branch): Use of Bleach in the Prevention of Transmission of HIV in Health Care Settings.

Each CPES also carries a food handler’s permit and a blood borne pathogens safety course certificate.

In order to follow these guidelines and safety procedures we will only encapsulate placentas in the home of the family and never in our own homes. Also, in accordance with PBi, we ask the family to transport the placenta from the hospital/birth center.

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How often and when you take your capsules is completely up to you depending on how they affect you and when you need them. We do offer a dosage recommendation based on others experience: 2-3 capsules 3 times a day for the first 4 days, 2 capsules twice a day up to 2 weeks postpartum, following 2 weeks take two capsules once a day until you run out or feel you no longer need them.
The number of capsules is dependent on the size of the placenta. It can average anywhere from 50-200 capsules.
The capsules should be kept in a cool, dark, dry place, preferably in the freezer or refrigerator. For long term storage (past 8 weeks postpartum) capsules should be stored in the freezer.
Stressful Transition: If the mother returns to work following the birth taking some addition placenta capsules will help ease some of the stress related to the event. This will also help her maintain milk production while pumping. Any time the mother is feeling particularly stressed or fatigued taking addition capsules can help.For Infants and Children: Placenta capsules can also be given to children who are in need of stress relief. Examples of this would be a move, first day of school, or separation from the parents. Infants can be given placenta powder during stressful events as well. Open the capsules and place some powder on the inside of the infants lip or use a placenta tincture. One dropper full needs to be diluted in an 8oz glass of water and then 4-10 drops under the infants tongue. When the infant begins eating pureed food, the powder from one capsule can be mixed daily with the food.
Topically: Dried placenta is great for treating skin issues such as eczema, dryness or irritation. Open a capsule and mix the placenta into a small amount of pure natural oil or a mild natural baby lotion and apply directly to the skin or use placenta balm prepared by the placenta encapsulation specialist. It clears up the redness quickly.
Menopause: Placenta capsules are great for hormone replacement during menopause. If mom wants to save some capsules for menopause store them in the freezer. Make sure they are clearly labeled and recognizable so as not to get thrown away. Adding a moisture absorbing packet to the capsules for long term storage is very helpful in maintaining their integrity.
Although there are no known negative side effects to placenta capsules, they affect every woman differently. There have been some women that have experienced the “jitters” when taking a large amount of capsules similar to a caffeine high. If you are sensitive to caffeine or medication start by only taking one capsule to see how it affects you. As stated above, the dosage is only a recommendation and how many and how often they are taken is completely up to the mother’s specific need. As with any medication or supplement you should discuss taking placenta capsules with your healthcare professional. Learn more here.

 

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