Placenta Encapsulation Process

The expecting mother will need to let Postpartum Peace know at least two weeks prior to the due date that they wish to encapsulate their placenta. This gives us time to prepare for that specific client. We are flexible with last minute clients but advance notice makes the process of client intake go much more smoothly and allows minimal disruption to the new family. The client will be provided with an information packet, complete a questionnaire and pay the deposit to schedule with Postpartum Peace. We request that the client (or someone they designate) to call us by the 12th hour following the birth. The quicker the placenta is encapsulated the more potent the placenta will be and therefore, will be better for the mother. If, for some reason, the placenta cannot be encapsulated within the first 48 hours it will need to be frozen until it can be encapsulated. When the client calls we will arrange a time for a CPES to come to their home to begin the encapsulation process.

When it comes to placenta encapsulation our first priority is the client’s safety and well being. Because of this we do not ever have possession of the placenta outside of the home of the client so there is peace of mind that their placenta is well cared for in the safest manner possible. We ask that the client make arrangement for her placenta to be brought to her home following the birth where a CPES will begin the encapsulation process.

The encapsulation process must be done in two parts according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We will only be at the family’s home for a total of 3-4 hours. The first part of process takes two hours. We will bring all the materials needed. The family does not need to provide anything except access to the sink, counter and the stove. During the first part the placenta is steamed and prepared for dehydration. Then the work space and tools are cleaned and disinfected and the dehydrator is turned on to dry for 10-14 hours depending on the size of the placenta. The dehydrator is on a timer so it will shut off on its own. A glass jar containing “Mother’s Broth”, the water used when steaming the placenta, will be left behind. This can be used immediately to gain the benefits of the placenta capsules before they are complete. It can also be refrigerated or frozen for future use. We will return the following day to complete the encapsulation process.

The second part of the process takes about 1-2 hours. If other services are requested such as the tincture, balm or salve the completion time is increased anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the additional service. During the second part of the process the dried placenta is ground into a course powder and put it into capsules. Depending on the size each placenta will make 50‐200 capsules. Then he work area and tools are cleaned and disinfetcted. Then I present the finished product, including the wreath or heart shaped dried umbilical cord in a satin pouch, to the mother with instructions for consumption and any additional information. The capsules should be kept dry, sealed tight and stored in a cool dark place (preferably the refrigerator or freezer) and they will last indefinitely. Capsules should be frozen for long term storage. We leave the family with a clean kitchen and a solution to a healthy postpartum recovery.

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