Frequently Asked Questions
What is Placenta Encapsulation and how is it done?
Placenta Encapsulation (Also know as placentophagy) is the process by which you consume your placenta after it has been processed and put into capsules. There are two ways to process a placenta for encapsulation. The first is the raw method in which the placenta is cut up and dehydrated without being steamed or cooked in any way. The second is done by first steaming the placenta, then it is cut up and dehydrated. In both methods the dehydrated placenta is then ground up into a fine powder and put into capsules to be taken like a vitamin.
What is your process?
Once you've registered for my services I will send you a welcome email with instructions on notifying your provider, proper storage of the placenta between delivery and pick-up, and how to arrange for your placenta to be picked up. Once I have your placenta I will take it to my dedicated work space to be processed using the traditional chinese method (TCM). The placenta is cleaned, the membranes and cord removed, and then it is steamed over fresh organic chilli, lemon, and ginger. When it's finished steaming I then cut it into thin pieces and dehydrated at 160 degrees for 18-24 hours. After it is completley dehydrated it is ground into a fine powder, I then add my herbal blend, and assemble your capsules. I am usually able to deliver your capsules between days three and five postpartum, but depending on how busy I am it may take up to one week to deliver your capsules. Payment is due at the time of delivery. I accept cash, venmo, apple pay, and check.
How many capsules will I get?
Typically an average sized placenta will yield 130-170 capsules. The herbal blend I use adds extra volume to the placenta powder making it so I am able to yeild, on average, 250-300 capsules.
Where is your dedicated work space?
My dedicated work space is in the basement of my private home. My husband built an industrial kitchen that I use exclusively for encapsulation.
Do you pick up the placenta?
Yes, I will pick up a placenta anywhere within the Utah and Salt Lake counties. Anything outside of these two counties will be charged an additonal $25 for gas and mileage. My pickup hours are between 9 am and 6 pm. If you birth in the night you will need to store your placenta on ice unitl I am able to pick it up the next day. Once you register I will send you a welcome email with more details.
What would prevent me from being able to encapsulate?
Not many things will prevent you from being able to encapsulate, and fortunately, the few things that could are rare. The most common thing that prevents someone from being able to encapsulate is a bacterial infection called chorioamnionitis. Chorio is an infection of the membranes and amniotic fluid that surround the baby. If you have chorio you are likely to have a fever, bodyaches, and chills.
If you are Hep B/ Hep C and or HIV/ Aids positive
If your placenta is not refrigerated or put on ice within 4 hours of the birth or if it's not put in the freezer within 4 days of the birth (some people take longer to decide if they want to encapsulate, and thats okay! just be sure to freeze your placenta after day 4 postpartum)
If your placenta is sent to pathology to be examined or tested for any reason (this is extremely rare, but can happen. Usually the hospital will not release the placenta after its been sent to pathology, but you can always ask!)
Prolonged Rupture of Membranes (PROM) CAN be a reason to not encapsulate IF you also have a fever and a suspected or confirmed case of chorioamnionitis. PROM on its own is NOT a reason to not encapsulate
Any other condition deemed by your provider to be contraindicated for encapsulation