Placenta Encapsulation

Traditionally placenta capsules are used to help:
·         Balance your hormones
·         Enhance your milk supply
·         Increase your energy and combat fatigue

Placenta capsules may help you:
·         Recover more quickly from birth
·         Bring the body back into balance
·         Prevent or minimize the “baby blues” and postpartum depression
·         Shorten postpartum bleeding time and increase iron levels
·         Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnant size

Studies show that placenta is extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6 and of course, your own natural hormones, making it perfectly made for you, by you. Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones, and thus reintroducing them to your system may ease hormonal fluctuations.

General Process: 
Angie Evans and Karen Herriot offer this service together.  We pick up your placenta, process it into capsules and deliver them back to you. Your placenta will be gently cleaned, dehydrated at a low heat, ground into a powder and encapsulated.  The capsules are delivered to you.  Most women get over 100 capsules.  There are other methods of processing available by request.

The processing is done using OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standards.  All surfaces and equipment are cleaned, then disinfected, then double-sterilized using chemical methods.   

I just wanted to thank you for how quickly you provided your services. My milk came in the day after my child was born, after taking the pills just once.  I really didn't expect it to come in that soon, especially following a cesarean section!                 Brenda

I was so pleased to have chosen you to encapsulate my placenta. You were prompt with the service, answered my many questions, and provided great information and resources about placenta ingestion.           Jess

After the birth of our daughter, it was such a blessing to know that my wish to keep and ingest the placenta was honored and taken care of with such respect and professionalism.                Jennifer

The placenta processing was great! She just took care of it. The next day we were back from the hospital and she stopped by with the pills. I took 3 capsules in the morning and afternoon. They felt like my happy pills!! I felt great and had energy that I didn't have with my first birth. In addition my recover time was substantially less. I'm sure the placenta pills helped!! Thanks!                   Jill

I think those capsules kept me from needing a blood transfusion!     Carol


Q - How long does it take? 
A – The capsules are ready in 1-3 days from when we get the placenta.

Q – Can I keep my placenta if I have a caesarean birth? 
A – Yes.  The steps are exactly the same.  Simply ensure your O.R. nurse knows you wish to keep it.

Q – Am I “allowed” to keep my placenta?  Do I need permission from my doctor? 
A – It’s yours to keep.  Simply write in your birth plan or tell your care-provider (including your nurse or midwife), “I’m keeping my placenta.”  Any other details are for you to share or not, as you choose.  Midwives and obstetrical staff at RGH are quite used to women keeping their placenta.  If you’re at another hospital that has concerns, then you can sign their Release of Live Tissue waiver.

Q – Can you make capsules from my placenta if I choose to use epidural or other medications in labour? 
A – Yes.

Q – Is my placenta safe to encapsulate if there’s meconium (baby poops inside) during the birth? 
A – Yes.  The initial cleaning process takes care of this, and besides that, babies in utero poop throughout the pregnancy!

Q – Are there any cases where my placenta can’t be encapsulated? 
A – Only if you have a uterine or placental infection during labour (uncommon), in which case it is considered unsafe for ingestion and will be sent to the pathology department for analysis.

Q – How do I package the placenta for you? 
A – At Regina hospital births, the placenta is usually put it into a plastic container.  You can use that for storage and transport.  You can ask the nurse to help you get it ready; while it’s not her “job”, most are happy to help.  At home births or other hospitals you’ll need to put it in your own tightly-lidded container, preferably a disposable one.  If you have your baby at night then you’ll have to keep it cold (instructions included in your birth-bag note) until the morning when it’s picked up.

Q – Do you serve out-of-town clients?
A – Yes.  We have systems in place to make this easy for you.  We provide easy-to-follow instructions.    

Q – How do I get the placenta to you? 
A – One of us picks it up at Regina General Hospital or at your home in Regina city limits, depending where you give birth.  If you have your baby at an out of town site then you can have delivered to us in a sealed cooler with a friend, courier, or Express bus.  We provide details on this.

Q – How do you ensure the capsules are returned to the right person? 
A – This is the most important part of the process.  We have a triple-system in place to ensure 100% accuracy.  These are a matter of routine, and are followed with every client’s placenta, even though we rarely have 2 placentas in the same building at the same time.  One of several advantages to working in partnership is that we can process two placentas at the same time in two separate locations.

Q – How do I get the capsules back? 
A – We deliver the capsules to you where ever you are in city limits.  If you live out of town then we send them via courier.  We provide details on this.

Q – What is the Traditional Chinese Method? 
A – Chinese method involves adding warming herbs to the placenta during processing.  It’s an extra step that adds 1 day to the process.

Q – How do I store the capsules? 
A – Just keep them in the glass jar.  There’s no need to refrigerate them.  They’re good for up to a year at room temperature in a cupboard.  If you wish to keep them longer, then store in a deep-freeze for up to two years.

Q – Can you make capsules out of my frozen placenta? 
A – Yes.

Q – What qualifies you to provide this service?
A – Proper training and a lot of experience:  We’ve offered this service since 2009 and between us have done 200+ placentas.  We are both OSHA certified and formally trained in Universal Precautions.  Our placenta training includes a variety of methods of preservation and processing but encapsulation is by far the most requested method.

Q – How do we proceed
 A – Please e-mail us for next steps.  You will receive a contract via e-mail that you sign and return, and an instruction sheet for your birth-bag.  We need your estimated due date and contact info.  You can send a post-dated cheque or provide payment with the placenta.

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