Information on Placenta Encapsulation
I am a Certified IPEN Placenta Encapsulation Specialist qualified in both Traditional Chinese Medicine Encapsulation, Dehydrated Raw Encapsulation, Tinctures & Essences. I am honoured to be providing woman with a range of options for the use of their own placenta.
The Placenta is believed to provide a range of health benefits as it contains all of a woman's very own specific hormones. Replenishing the body with these is believed to aid in the prevention of the commonly known 3rd day blues, caused by the hormonal shift that occurs after birth. It is a known traditional remedy that is also known to be used by woman as it may prevent Postnatal Depression due to the range of Hormones, Vitimins & Minerals it contains.
Encapsulating the placenta means that Woman can consume their placenta conveniently & effortlessly. I personally collect the Placenta at an arranged time after the birth & aim to have your capsules returned within 3 days after pick up ( Although I aim to & have so far always had capsules returned within 48hrs )
Aswell as Placenta capsules being full of a range of the womans own hormones, it is also rich in Iron, contains Stem Cells & H. G.H.
Restoring Iron levels promotes cellular renewal which is why it is believed to be aiding in a faster post natal healing process.
The Placenta also contains a range of C & B complex vitamins. Vitamin C is known for being great for the immune system & also aiding in cell renewal, along with being a free radical scavenger & as B vitamins deficiencies are known to be a contributing factor to sufferers of Depression it is in restoring these levels that is believed to also contribute to its prevention. Not freezing the placenta prior to encapsulation is important if this factor is an important issue for you.
Placentas are known to be BIG happy inducing Pills due to being a source full of Oxytocin along with other Minerals & a range of Vitamins. Placenta has been known to be majorly energy boosting! Which is why capsules should never be consumed late in the afternoon. Placenta may aid in boosting a mothers milk supply if needed due to the milk producing hormones it contains.
The Placenta has many believed benefits including the feeling of being a stress reducer but aswell as capsules there are also other ways in which the placenta can be used.
Tinctures are also believed to be hormone balancing & can be used in times of stress, emotional shifts or transition & are known to be great for different times throughout a womans life, for example to ease PMS or later on in life during Menopause. I highly recommend using the opportunity to make a tincture, especially if you are interested in using the believed benefits of placenta in the future.
There are two "Methods" that can be used for Encapsulating a Placenta.
Traditional Chinese Methods (T.C.M) include wrapping the Placenta within its own membranes (membranes are also believed to amplify the benefit of boosting milk supply) & lightly steaming over warming herbs prior to slicing & dehydration. The herbs do not come in contact with the placenta & I never Encapsulate herbs with Placenta. In T.C.M it is believed Placenta augments the qi (Energy) & nourishes the blood. The herbs give the Placenta a warming energy for her internal organs in line with the beliefs that a woman who has birthed should keep even her external extremities warm e.g, not put hands or feet in cold water.
The method of "Raw Encapsulation" involves removing the membranes as without steaming prior to dehydration it is believed to contribute to over supply of Breast Milk. Raw Encapsulation involves dehydrating the Placenta without lightly steaming first. The capsules still contain dry ground down Placenta however it is called RAW. This method is believed to not damage some of the nutritional value that some believe lightly steaming may.
After dehydration of either method the Placenta is encapsulated into capsules that are sourced from Australia & made from Gelatine. I do have Vegi Caps as an option for Vegetarians or for people who may require gluten free, have celiac disease or for people who only eat Halal. Veggie Caps are available upon request.
The most common question I am asked is does it smell or can I tast it. The answer is NO. The capsules contain only dried powder placenta. The powder is inside the sealed capsule and can be compared to taking a vitamin pill in capsule form.
The Consumption of Placenta originated back in the days when midwives would give a slither of the womans own Placenta to stop or prevent haemorrhaging from childbirth. In todays medical system quite commonly an injection is used for this. Although in some hospitals this injection is given routinely to encourage a faster birth of the Placenta, some woman still prefer to use the Traditional method & consume a piece of there Placenta when it has birthed
"Slithers" are a nice way to do so. They are a very thin piece of Placenta that has been sliced from a certain part of the Placenta & it is placed along the gum line. This is tasteless & of the same texture as the inside of your cheek & an amazing way to reap the benefits immediately.
Smoothies are also another way in which woman consume their placenta after birth.
Although the Placenta is Tasteless, smoothies are made with the nutritional benefits of Berries. I provide options to assist those interested in making themselves smoothies & welcome enquiries however do not provide the service.
Another method that can be used aswell as Encapsulation, Tinctures & Slithers is Essences. All of these are believed to be hormone balancing & can be used in times of stress or transition fatigue or emotional upset, Menopause or PMS.
Tinctures can be taken by drops added to a glass of water or made to take directly under the tongue. Tincture can also be used to make Homeopathic Remedies. It is Tincture only, that can be used even Later on in a womans life or even used Homoeopathically for the child of the Placenta.
Essences however store shorter term & work by holding the essence of a womans being. Essences work purely on an energetic level & are to be consumed by drops by the Mother herself only.
I do believe & feel very strongly that the Placenta contains very powerful energetic life forces of a Mother & Baby. Therefor along with my professionally trained routine of preparation of utensils & space which begins prior to its collection, I am extremely respectful & acknowledging of your Placenta & of the energy that it contains & of the respect & nurturing care that it requires. I routinely energetically clear my work space & hold that space & time for every individual placenta that I work with to honour the placenta & yourselves. From upon collection, during our travels, throughout the process of working with your Placenta & through to the delivery of your items, I am consciously aware of holding beliefs of positive intentions for yourself & for your baby. It is believed especially in Traditional Chinese Medicine, that a Placenta can also pick up on energy that may surround it. In experiencing feeling the energetic waves & emotions that a placenta can give first hand, I take this concept very seriously & welcome with a very open heart any blessings, preyers, wishes or affirmations that you may like me to use whilst working with your Placenta that you would like your Placenta to absorb. I always have a candle lit & sometimes do burn a hand rolled natural incense whist working with Placentas. The positive intention I create is through mind & heart awareness, your contribution to create intention is welcomed if you please. Simply let me know in advance to your encapsulation.
~Traditional Chinese Medicine Encapsulation $300.00
~Dehydrated Raw Placenta Encapsulation $300.00
~Placenta Tincture $80.00 with Encapsulation Bookings
or $60.00 for woman using Doula Services & also booking Placenta Encapsulation.
~Placenta Essence $50.00 With Encapsulation bookings
or $40.00 for woman using Birth Doula Services & also booking Encapsulation.
~Raw Slither options are available for $40.00 for Birth Doula Clients only. This includes for Hospital or Homebirth, Birth Doula Clients.
~Placenta Prints are $20. & only avail with encapsualtion bookings.
~Smoothy options available upon request.
~Umbilical keepsakes are provided Complementary with Encapsulation bookings.
~Collection & Delivery
Booking forms in advance are essential.
Appropriate handling & storage information is provided upon booking & prior to your birthing time.
I personally pick up the placenta in its appropriate storage usually by meeting with the support person or care provider at an arranged time after the birthing time. I personally do the Encapsulation & depending on your location hand deliver the return of your capsules or can post them for an extra fee simply to cover postage.
Tinctures take 6 weeks to make & Essences take 1 month before they are ready & will be posted separately to capsules if not hand delivered.
Collection & delivery arrangements are negotiable for locals although I usually pick up directly from the Hospital or your home if you are having a home birth.
To make your booking go to the "Contact Me " section, send an email & I will get back to you ASAP or feel free to phone me.
Best Wishes Casey x
"Casey did my placenta capsules within 24 hours of picking up my placenta. She came into the hospital late in the evening and picked up my placenta shortly after being informed my little man was born. I started in my capsules straight away and found that I had so much more milk this 2nd birth compared to my 1st. My post partum bleeding was minimal in comparison to my first birth also. Fantastic results overall. I highly recommend going ahead with Encapsulation. As a bonus, Casey's labelling and packaging is just beautiful!"