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.
Placenta Smoothie $30
Placenta Smoothies have also been reported to spike energy levels and bring in breast milk much sooner than predicted.
I strongly recommended a Placenta Smoothie if you are having a planned Caesarean section as it will aid healing and recovery. Packed full of your own uniquely designed healing nutrients, stem cells, growth factors, iron and essential hormones, it provides the immediate health-enhancing benefits of the placenta.
Having a fruit smoothie with a walnut size piece of raw placenta added gives the mother a great revitalising energy boost. Made with organic strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana & coconut waterthis vitamin-rich Placenta Smoothie tastes no different to any regular smoothie – I promise!
Placenta Chocolates $430
Have your placenta turned into decadent, filled chocolates! Made with organic dark or milk chocolate and filling of your choice such as nuts or dried fruit etc. This is an amazing option for mamas that struggle with taking capsules. You will receive 125 chocolates.
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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The known list of nutrients giving the placenta it's healing properties:
Gonadotrophin - a precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
Prolactin - promotes lactation
Oxytocin - offers pain relief and baby bonding. It is produced during breastfeeding to promote healthy bonding between mother and baby.
Interferon - stimulates the immune system to protect against infection.
Thyroid stimulating Hormone - boosts energy and aids in recovery of stressful events.
Cortisone - releases energy stores and helps with stress.
Prostaglandins - are anti-inflammatory.
Haemoglobin - replenishes iron deficiencies and anaemia.
Gamma-globulin - boosts immune system and helps protect against postpartum infection.
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor X111 - stops bleeding and enhances healing of wounds.
Growth factors - in the form of cytokines & hormones, stimulate cellular growth. They have anti-inflammatory properties, aid blood circulation, wound tissue healing and has an analgesic effect.
Placenta Stem Cells - provide new cells for regeneration of tissue, using growth factors they enhance their ability to multiply much faster.
Vitamins and minerals
Iron - essential for absorption of oxygen in the cells needed for repair.
Vitamin B6 - promotes the production of red blood cells, aids in normal functioning of the brain. Helps in the making of antibodies, keeping the immune system strong.
Vitamins A, D, E & K
Vitamins C & B complex
Human Placentophagy Research Studies with Jena University and Dr. Sophia Johnson and Jana Pastuschek