How many placentas have you worked on?
As of May 2016, Instinctive Birth + All Birth Kelowna have worked on over 220 placentas!
How many capsules will my placenta make?
The number of capsules varies from person to person. Just like babies, placentas vary in size and shape. The average placenta makes approximately 90-150 capsules, which should last at least one month depending on how many are taken.
How many capsules should I take?
The following guidelines are included with your capsules:
Take 2 capsules twice daily
It is important to note that every mother will react differently to the placenta capsules. Some women find they only need to take a low dosage with desirable effects, where some women need to maintain a higher dosage. We encourage mothers to play around with the amounts until they find level that works best for them.
How long can I keep my capsules?
Placenta Capsules with last indefinitely with proper care and handling. Always keep capsules dry. Seal tightly in an airtight jar for optimum freshness and potency. The capsules should be kept in a cool dark place – preferably the refrigerator. Please note that if they accidentally sit out on the counter for a week or even a month, your pills will not spoil. This is a just a recommendation for maximum freshness. When you are done with the capsules for postpartum recovery and have any left over, they can be frozen for future use, such as menopause, PMS, any stressful transitions, or if you are just having and “off” day.
Is there any time I shouldn’t take my placenta capsules?
It is recommended that you not take placenta capsules during times of infections. This includes the common cold, flu, mastitis, and at any time when running a fever. Placenta is one of the most powerful tonifying medicines in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It works by burrowing deep into the system to provide the desired effects. However, when the person taking placenta is fighting off an infection, the placenta can actually push that infection deeper into their systems, making it harder to recover. You can resume a normal or slightly higher dosage when the infection is healed. Some women choose to ignore this advice with no harmful effects. Each body is different, and it is important to do what you feel is best for you.
I have a thyroid disorder, can I still have my placenta encapsulated?
We have dealt with a few clients who have had thyroid issues. Women with low thyroid seem to do quite well with the placenta capsules – the placenta contains TSH so it helps boost levels back to where they should be. Hyperthyroidism on the other hand does not seem to work well – it has been reported to seriously effect the thyroid disorder to dangerous levels. It is ALWAYS recommended that you talk service over with your doctor or caregiver before proceeding.
How do I know placenta encapsulation is right for me?
We ALWAYS recommend that you discuss this service with your health care provider to determine whether placenta encapsulation is a good fit for you. As well, it’s always good to trust your gut instinct. If you are very drawn to this service, you are probably headed down the right path 🙂
How fast after the birth do you need to start the process?
A fresh placenta should be started within 24-48 hours of the birth for maximum hormonal and nutritional content. If the placenta cannot be started within that time, it should be frozen as soon as possible following the birth. If you have booked services, please call to discuss before freezing your placenta.
I have my frozen placenta in the freezer, is it still usable?
Generally, placentas that have been immediately frozen for up to a month are perfectly suitable, and should not differ from a fresh placenta. However frozen placentas from 6 months to a year have been encapsulated with positive results. Important factors are: a.) how the placenta was handled before freezing – was it handled in a foodsafe manor and placed in the refrigerator or on ice prior to freezing? b.) has the placenta been properly packaged for freezing to avoid freezer burn?
After the birth, how should the placenta be handled?
The placenta should be packaged in an airtight food grade container or bag, and placed in the fridge or on ice as soon as possible (within 3-4 hours following the birth max). Kelowna General Hospital routinely bags up each placenta and places it in the fridge. When you are ready to take the placenta home, they usually put the bag in a white ice cream looking pail for transport. If you are having a home birth, you will need to provide the midwives with 2 x large freezer ziplock bags and have them double bag it, or place any medium to large size foodgrade container. During transport, please consider the placenta as you would any fresh meat – it will be fine out of the fridge for 20-30 minutes (assuming it is not 35 degrees out that day), but any longer it should be placed in a cooler or on ice. If you are birthing in the summer, please plan to have a cooler ready and available for transport.
Can the placenta still be encapsulated if I am having a c-section?
YES! The placenta will still be packaged and refrigerated following your birth.
The placenta is a filter, so does it store the toxins it filters, and the mother ends up ingesting them too when she uses the capsules?
The placenta is a part of an advanced filtering system. Nutrients from the mother get passed to the baby via the placenta, which tries to filter out anything harmful to the baby before letting it get through. The baby passes waste back to the mother through the placenta, which the mother’s body can then remove, just as her body removes all the other waste products in her system. The placenta is not a filter that traps everything that can’t get through, like an air filter. Those waste products and other things that the baby can’t use are generally sent back out to the mother for removal. If the placenta held onto everything, it would be a health hazard after nine months! So, no, the placenta is not filled with toxins by the time the baby is born. That being said, there are some things that do get held by the placenta, such as heavy metals. So if a mother smokes, the heavy metals in the cigarette smoke will build up in the placenta over time, making it questionable whether or not it should be ingested.
I will be receiving medication during labour. Do you know if this will cross into the placenta and thus create a problem for encapsulation?
The amount of medication that cross the placenta is unknown; although, many mothers encapsulate their placentas following c-sections, epidurals, incuded labour, and antibiotics during labor without a problem.