Why should I encapsulate my placenta? For a naturally happier & healthier postpartum transition! Placenta encapsulation may lead to many advantages* such as better mood, increased energy, increased breastmilk production, lower chances of anemia and lower chances of the 'baby blues'.
From a survey of the nearly 100 encapsulation clients served by Lia since 2009, the majority report more even mood, increased energy, decreased anxiety and irritability and a quicker recovery. 98% would be likely to encapsulate with a future pregnancy.
What is involved in the process? How long does it take? In the traditional method of placenta encapsulation, the placenta is first steamed with special herbs to enhance the effects, then it is dehydrated and ground into powder, and finally the capsules are filled with the powder. The raw method skips the steaming step and the placenta is dehydrated, ground, and then the capsules are filled.
Encapsulation is a two day process. On the first day the placenta is prepared for dehydration and the drying process is started. On the second day the dried placenta is ground and transferred into capsules.
We only use a dehydrator to dry the placenta, NEVER an oven (ovens generally do not have low enough temperature options, so the placenta may dry in just a few hours, but with higher heat and we do not know if higher temperatures may alter the effectiveness of your capsules).
All of this is carried out with the utmost respect and reverence for the placenta and the process.
When should I not encapsulate or consume my placenta? There are a few circumstances in which the placenta is unsuitable for encapsulation. It is important for the fresh placenta to remain refrigerated, or frozen if the encapsulation process cannot be started in the first 48 hours post-birth. If it is not kept chilled bacteria may grow and consumption would pose a health hazard.
Also, should you develop an infection during the labor or postpartum you should not consume your placenta.
There are other situations where deciding to go ahead with encapsulation should be made on a case-by-case basis.
I have a frozen placenta from my last birth - can I still have it encapsulated? It is best if the encapsulation process is done within a few days of the birth, however, a previously frozen placenta can be encapsulated. The general guideline is that the frozen placenta should not be much more than 6 months old. If your placenta is older than this you may chose to explore other options like burial.
How many pills will I get? How long will they last me? The average placenta provides about 140 pills. The number of pills available will vary depending on the size of your placenta (women have reported as little as 75 and as many as 200).
Standard dosage is 2 capsules, 3 times a day for the first two weeks and then slowly reducing the dose until the mother feels she no longer needs to take them. Depending on the quantity of pills your placenta provided you can continue to take them for 4-6+ weeks or until your supply runs out.
If you choose to stop taking the pills before you run out, the pills may be stored in the freezer for future use during stressful transitions or menopause.
I'm giving birth in a hospital, can I take my placenta home with me? Your placenta belongs to you and you are entitled to do with it as you wish. Many times it is as simple as speaking with your care provider prenatally to let them know you wish to take possession of your placenta after the birth, and reminding the staff during and after your birth of this preference.
Occasionally you may face some opposition. Politely explain to the staff that you will be needing your placenta for sincerely held religious or cultural beliefs.
Sometimes the placenta will need to be examined by the pathology department. If this is the case question whether the examination can be visual only, or whether they can take a small sample of the placenta and leave the rest to you. If the placenta must be sent to pathology you should request that it remain refrigerated or frozen and not be adulterated with formaldehyde or.
Should you be unable to acquire your placenta you will not incur any fees from me.
*The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The services offered are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who opt to utilize the services on this page take full responsibility of their own health and for researching and using the remedies.
Have you participated in placenta encapsulation for yourself? Yes. Lia's own experience with placentophagia was an awakening for her. After suffering from postpartum depression following the birth of her first child, she was seeking a natural path to a happier postpartum. For Lia, the difference was very profound and noticeable to herself and the others around her. It was a blessing to have such a joyous postpartum experience with her second and third children. Lia is honored to provide placenta preparation services for new mothers in the hope that they too will feel the amazing power of the placenta remedy.
Are there any studies to support the benefits of consuming my placenta? Yes, here is a link to some study summaries and abstracts about the effects of placenta consumption.
Can I do my own encapsulation? Yes, you can. If you prefer to handle the encapsulation yourself there is much information to be found on the internet.
If I can do it myself, why would I want to pay for the service? Encapsulation should begin as soon after the birth as possible. The first few days postpartum can be quite taxing and stressful for a new mom without the added burden of preparing her placenta for encapsulation. By providing encapsulation services the work of caring for and preparing the placenta is left to the professional and the mother and father are free to spend their time resting and bonding with their new baby.
Are there other options for consuming or using the placenta? Yes! Placenta encapsulation is a popular method because the capsules are tasteless, odorless and do not resemble the original organ, but it is not the only option.
Some people choose to consume their placenta raw in smoothies (a good combination is frozen strawberries, orange juice and sweetener), prepare the placenta as they would beef or organ meats, or have a piece of their placenta made into a liquid tincture.
Many recipes are available online and I am happy to accommodate additional preparation requests when possible.
It is also possible to use the placenta powder inside your capsules to create non-edible creams, ointments and other cosmetic products.
What areas of Massachusetts do you serve? We provide placenta encapsulation services to all of Massachusetts including Boston, MetroWest, North Shore, South Shore, Worcester, Central Mass, and Western Mass.