IS IT SAFE?
My own experience along with the experiences of my clients helped me know this was true well before the study, however; it is validating to see."The largest study of its kind found mothers who consumed their placenta passed on no harm to their newborn babies"
Maternal placenta consumption causes no harm to newborns - University of Nevada, Las Vegas (May 2018)
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TRADITIONAL AND RAW START METHOD?
The traditional and raw start method has the same benefits. The placenta in the traditional method is steamed, dehydrated, and grounded into a powder. The raw start method skips the steaming and is only dehydrated and then ground into a powder. It has been reported that the raw start method has more of an effect on mothers because of the hormonal content. The raw start method also contains a higher bacterial count compared to the traditional method.
IF I HAD A MEDICATED BIRTH OR CESAREAN SECTION, MAY I STILL ENCAPSULATE MY PLACENTA?
You may absolutely still continue the process! As long as it has not been sent to pathology prior and was properly placed on ice within 1-2 hours.
ARE THERE ANY REASONS THAT ENCAPSULATION SHOULD NOT TAKE PLACE?
The following are some reasons that it is best to not encapsulate:
Improper storage of the placenta
Not placed on ice within 2 hours of delivery
Refrigerated longer than 48 hours before being frozen
The placenta was not kept under 40° F for the entire storage
GROUP B STREP & PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION
Being Group B Strep Positive (GBS+) does NOT mean you have the infection, it simply means you have a colonization. Group B Strep alone is not a contraindication for encapsulation. Many women test positive during pregnancy but, this does not necessarily mean you will test positive at delivery.
It is also important to note that Bliss Birth Services offers Traditional Method preparation, which is both steamed & dehydrated at food safe temperatures for recommended lengths of time.
Research from Dr. Sophia Johnson with Jena University verifies that this kills bacteria, such as GBS. Her research has concluded: "The preparation of placental tissue has a clear effect on the microbial contamination: dehydration causes a drastic germ reduction, steaming followed by dehydration causes an even greater reduction of microbial species. Regarding foodstuff regulations of the European Union, no “unsafe” organisms were detected in our samples."
GBS is sensitive to moist heat at 55 ºC for 30 minutes, so steaming goes above and beyond that point.
Group B Strep and Placenta Encapsulation Safety - June 2017
Group B Strep (GBS) and Placenta Encapsulation Safety (Association of Placenta Arts (APPA))
HOW MANY CAPSULES WILL I GET?
The amount of pills that are processed depends on the size of the placenta.
DO YOU ADD HERBS TO THE CAPSULES?
I am not regulated to add any herbs to your capsules as I am not a certified Herbalist.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK FOR YOUR SERVICES?
Whenever you are ready! It is only too late to book services after birth and you have not saved your placenta. We have even been booked the day before a scheduled cesarean before. So as long as you have not given birth yet it is not too late. Please visit the CONTACT US tab and fill out the contact form. If it is a last minute booking please make sure you call us ASAP to let us know you have booked our services last minute and we will make the proper arrangements for pick up.
LACTATION AND PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION (CONTRADICTION?)
Research does show evidence that dried placenta positively affects milk supply, however; with 86% of women in the experimental group had a significant increase in milk production within four days of taking placenta. But, this study does not conclusively uncover how placenta affects milk supply but narrows down the variables.
This research examined if the effective substances on milk supply were the protein of the placenta, the placenta acting as a biogenic stimulator, or the hormones contained within the placenta. The results showed that milk production was not caused merely due to the protein content of the placenta or the placenta acting as a biogenic stimulator since the experimental group who ingested placenta had different results than the control group that ingested beef, which is also high in protein and can act as a biogenic stimulator.
Due to these finding the focus of how placenta effects milk supply is on its hormonal content. The placenta retains hormones upon the birth and these hormones could be positively affecting a woman's milk production. But, more research needs to be done to examine more thoroughly how specific placental hormones, such as prolactin and oxytocin, effect lactating mothers. The question now is not if placental hormones play a role in milk production, but which hormones or combination of hormones are the keys.
Does Placenta Encapsulation Lower Milk Supply? - September 2017
Response to “A Lactation Consultant’s Perspective on Placenta Encapsulation” - September 2017
Does Placenta Encapsulation Increase Milk Supply? - October 2018
"In traditional Chinese medicine, dehydrated placenta powder is used to stimulate lactation as well as treat fertility disorders among a host of other ailments" - Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia medica - 1986
Stimulation of milk yield and feed intake by bovine placental lactogen in the dairy cow
Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption - 2013
WHAT IF MY PLACENTA HAS TO BE SENT TO PATHOLOGY?
Unfortunately, if your physician feels your placenta needs to be sent off to pathology, I will not be able to continue with the encapsulation process. Placentas that are sent to pathology are often treated with formaldehyde or other solutions. You may discuss the option of sending only a small sample off for testing and keep the remainder of the placenta. If the placenta has to be sent off, we can discuss the option of a burial. But in most cases, they only need a small amount of the placenta to be tested and we can hold off on encapsulation until after the results come back.
WHERE DOES ENCAPSULATION TAKE PLACE?
Encapsulation happens in our home, APPA strongly encourages using a safe workplace and my home qualifies under the regulations. I want to be able to give you piece of mind knowing how your placenta is properly prepared. Your placenta is prepared by a certified Bloodborne Pathogens encapsulator, and follow OSHA and Georgia Food Handler Standards. Before and after every encapsulation we clean all surfaces and equipment, and sanitize in a 10% bleach solution for 10 minutes, according to OSHA standards. We wear gloves, isolation gowns, shoes with covers, and masks when preparing the placenta.
REBUTTALS AND REVIEWS
Uncovering the Truth About Bacteria and Heavy Metals in the Placenta - June 2015
Placentophagy Papers, Reviews & Studies: What They Really Mean - June 2015
Good News for Mothers- Placenta Capsules Contain More Iron Than Beef - November 2016
Placenta – Worth Trying? Human Maternal Placentophagy: Possible Benefit and Potential Risks - 2018