Placenta encapsulation has been around for thousands of years but has really gained in popularity just over the last few years. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Katherine Heigl, and Alicia Silverstone have helped bring awareness to the practice and make it more mainstream.
At Lake Country Doulas we serve clients from Muskoka down to Toronto and everywhere in between such as Orillia, Barrie, Collingwood, Alliston, and Newmarket. Many expectant parents are curious about the benefits but don’t know all the details as to how the process works! Here are some of the most common questions that our clients ask us.
1. What is your training to be able to encapsulate placentas?
Both of our certified doulas, Samantha and Alannah, received their professional training through IPPA (Formerly Full Circle Placenta). IPPA is one of the largest, most trusted placenta encapsulation training organizations in North America.
2. What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation?
Some of the benefits reported by our clients include:
3. What are the risks?
The main risk would come from improper handling of the placenta prior to, or during the encapsulation process. This is an important reason to choose a properly trained, experienced encapsulation specialist. Some reported negative side effects include jittery feeling (like you consumed too much caffeine), sleeplessness, and possibly oversupply of milk. These potential side effects are rare. If you have any questions about these, please talk to your placenta specialist!
4. What is the difference between the raw and TCM inspired (steamed) methods of encapsulation?
The raw method is taking the placenta and slicing and dehydrating it from its raw state. In the TCM/steamed method we first lightly steam the placenta. We are often asked which method is better. If the client does not have a preference, we recommend the raw method as it preserves the most amount of the hormones/nutrients of the placenta as well as yields the most amount of capsules.
5. How do you sanitize your equipment?
All of our equipment is sanitized twice (once before and after each client) using a bleach/water solution. Much of our materials is single-use and thrown away after each client- such as cutting boards, sponges, paper dehdrator tray covers, etc.
6. Do I have to handle the placenta?
You do not personally have to do anything physically with your placenta! Your midwife or nurse will take care of placing it in a bag and in the cooler for you.
7. If I have medications administered during birth (antibiotics, pain medication, a cesarean, etc) can I still encapsulate my placenta?
Yes absolutely. All the medications used in birth are safe for encapsulation. If you were to have a cesarean birth you can still have your placenta encapsulated. It may be even more beneficial due to the often more difficult recovery from surgery.
8. How do I get it to you? When will I get my capsules back?
We come the day you give birth to pick up the placenta. We come wherever you gave birth whether you are at home or one of the many hospitals we service. We strive to have your capsules back to you the next day. If there is going to be a delay (due to other clients or prior obligations) we will let you know when we pick it up.
9. How many capsules does it make? And how many do I take?
The amount of capsules varies depending on the size of the placenta. The average is anywhere from 125-175 (sometimes 200+!) capsules. You take the highest dosage in your early postpartum, our recommendation is generally 2-3 capsules, 2-3 times a day. After the first 10-14 days you may taper down the dosage to where you are only taking 1-2 per day or just as needed. We only provide guidelines and encourage you to take them based on your own postpartum feelings and needs.
10. How much does it cost? What other placenta services do you provide?
Beyond basic encapsulation, we provide tinctures, smoothies, salves, placenta prints, and more! For a full list of services and our current prices- please visit the fees page of our website.
To inquire about booking services, please see our Contact page. We look forwarding to working with you in achieving a better postpartum!