Placenta encapsulation (also known as placentophagy) is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground and placed into capsules (or there is also a raw method).
The placenta is an organ that is attached to the mothers’ uterus and allows nutrients and oxygen to pass through to your baby, and waste to be taken away from your baby. The practice of consuming the placenta after birth can be found dating back centuries and is documented in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
In TCM postnatal women are considered to have an excess of cold in the body. The prepared or cooked placenta will have a warming (tonifying) effect on your system, bringing you more quickly into balance.
How long does it take?
You must ensure that your health care providers are aware of your decision to have your placenta encapsulated so that they can place the placenta in the fridge before collection or delivery to me.
I will need to start the process of encapsulating your placenta within 48 hours of the birth and only if the placenta has been kept either on ice on in the fridge or even the freezer if delivery cannot be done straight after birth. I prefer to collect the placenta myself within 24 hours of being contacted to ensure a timely process. However, you can arrange for someone to deliver the placenta to me if you prefer.
It usually takes around 24-36 hours for the whole process, so that is for me to collect, prepare and encapsulate your placenta and deliver it back to you. It will take longer if your placenta has been frozen as it must be defrosted in the fridge naturally.
What are the benefits of taking placenta capsules?
Your placenta is perfectly made for you because it is you.
The placenta is thought to be rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and hormones that the mother needs to recover more easily from pregnancy and childbirth.
Once your placenta has been processed into capsule form, it is believed that this may provide you with really positive outcomes – and although there is little research, anecdotally we hear women say they have experienced many benefits such as:
- A much faster postpartum recovery;
- Feeling balanced and happy;
- Less fatigue and so much more energy;
- Not suffering with postnatal depression that they experienced previously;
- A boost in their milk supply;
What does the research say?
Small studies have been published determining the benefits of placenta encapsulation, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from mothers who have used the placenta capsules.
Here are some resources provided by Placenta Services Australia for you to read more about the research on placenta encapsulation.
In recent months there has been discussions on Group B Strep and placenta encapsulation. Here is some information relating to this so you have a better understanding:
Some women have even heard that take placenta capsules can inhibit milk production so let’s look at an article about that:
I have completed my training with Placenta Benefits (PBi) as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and have insurance for this service. You can only obtain insurance if you are a fully qualified practitioner who has completed all training including Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control for Placenta Encapsulators and the Australian Food Safety & Hygiene Practices.
I am also a verified member of Placenta Services Australia, which is a governing body for ensuring that members adhere to the Code of Conduct and professionalism and have also trained in Placenta Encapsulation Services through a recognised facility.
I also hold the following current qualifications, which are updated every year to ensure that your placenta will be handled in the safest, hygienic and most respectful way.
I also hold the following current qualifications, which are updated every year to ensure that your placenta will be handled in the safest, hygienic and most respectful way (click on title to view certificate):
Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control for Placenta Encapsulators – Updated July 2017
Hospitality Institute of Australia – Safe Food Handlers – July 2017
I am also a verified member of Placenta Services Australia, which is the largest Placenta Encapsulation Network in Australia to ensure appropriate training, insurance, professionalism and code of conduct is adhered to.
My name is Vicki Hobbs and I am a Childbirth Educator (Back to Basics Birthing), Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner, Remedial Massage Therapist specialising in Pregnancy Massage, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Certified Placenta Encapsulator, Hypnotherapist, Aromatherapist, Reiki Practitioner and Life Coach. I am based in the northern suburbs of Perth and can be contacted by email by firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 9303 9111.