The placenta is the amazing organ that protected, supported and nourished your baby in the womb. It has done such an incredible job of helping grow your child and yet in modern hospitals it is often regarded as nothing more than "medical waste" after it is born. In many other cultures, the placenta is given much respect and honored in a variety of ways. Some cultures have long traditions of utilizing the placenta medicinally to restore the health and vitality of the mother and to calm and balance the child. Just as it protected, nourished, supported and sustained its baby, the placenta, when carefully prepared for consumption, can continue its job by supporting lactation, facilitating an easier postpartum recovery, increasing maternal energy, easing life transitions, avoiding postpartum depression.
WHEN SHOULD THE ENCAPSULATION PROCESS BEGIN?
Once baby has been separated from the umbilical cord, put your placenta into a container and put it in the fridge. If you are birthing in hospital they will provide a container and ice to keep it cold until I arrive. Your placenta can also be frozen and stored in the freezer for up to 6 months, (after 6 months encapsulation is not recommended.)
LIMITATIONS & DISCLAIMER
I am not a licensed medical professional and I am not able to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any health condition. No specific benefits or effects are promised. Any benefits will vary from person to person. Some of the ascribed benefits of placenta consumption are supported by research; however these benefits have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. It is your responsibility to determine whether using placenta preparations may be of benefit to you.
It is your responsibility to discuss release of your placenta from the hospital where you give birth (or backup hospital for home births). Please remember to indicate on your birth plan that you intend to keep your placenta!
It is important to note that there may be circumstances under which your placenta cannot be used. Significant abnormalities of the placenta may necessitate your doctor or midwife sending your placenta to pathology for further examination. In this case, it is best to request that a piece of the placenta is sent to pathology rather than the whole placenta, as chemicals are often used on the placenta in the testing process. Other conditions, such as signs of infection in the mother during labor, may mean that consuming your placenta will not be beneficial to you. If in doubt, I will consult with you before proceeding. In the majority of cases, it should be possible to claim your placenta after a cesarean.
Please let me know if you have any health conditions which may affect the health of your placenta or the health and safety of anyone who may come in contact with your placenta. If you taking any medications regularly, other than prenatal vitamins, please let me know.
I will pick up your placenta at an agreed upon time and have your capsules completed within 3 days.
I will provide instructions of the proper storing and handling of the finished placenta capsules and guidelines for daily usage.
Taking your placenta in capsules is convenient, tasteless and preserves the nutrients you have been building during your pregnancy so you can enjoy the ongoing benefits for months, or even years. The vitamins, minerals & hormones in the capsules are extremely bio-available – they are easily absorbed by the body because they are completely natural and were created uniquely by you, for you.
Tip: Any leftover capsules will last indefinitely if stored in the back of the freezer. Take when your cycle returns, when you need a pick-me-up, or save for future stressful transitions, i.e. menopause or returning to work.
PLACENTA PREPARATION METHODS
I treat the encapsulation process as a sacred ritual. The placenta will be revered and honored for its amazing job growing and nurturing your baby, and once encapsulated, you.
Steamed Method $330
Traditional Chinese Method (TCM) is the "original" method of encapsulation - the Chinese believe that after a women gives birth, the balance of heat needs to be restored in the body. This is also mirrored in the traditional Indian medicine system of Ayurveda. The placenta is lightly steamed with warming herbs - such as ginger, lemon and chilli. It is then is dehydrated, ground and put into capsules.
Raw Method $330
Unlike the Traditional Chinese Medicine preparation of the placenta, when processing a placenta with the raw method the placenta is dehydrated without being steamed. We simply forgo the steaming process and your placenta is dehydrated from raw. This method required longer dehydrating, but does yield more capsules as the placenta has not 'shrunk' from the steaming process. There are many debates on which method is superior. In our experience I find the results of both methods to be quite similar. There are pros and cons to each method depending on a woman’s needs, beliefs, and opinions.
Umbilical cord keepsake is included for free with encapsulation.
Fees are inclusive of pick up of placenta and delivery of capsules within the Gold Coast area only.
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