Placenta FAQs

1. What is Placenta Encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is the process of taking your fresh, raw placenta and dehydrating it to be put into consumable capsules. The first thing we do is examine your placenta and rinse any extra blood off. The placenta is thinly sliced and these slices go into a food grade dehydrator until the internal temperature reaches 160° F for about 12-24 hours. We then grind it into a fine powder and put the powder into capsules. These capsules can be swallowed or opened up and put into a smoothie. We package your capsules using dark glass jars to protect the quality and potency.  

2. What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation?
There are many benefits to having your placenta encapsulated including balancing your hormones, decreased risk for postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, reducing postpartum bleeding, speeding postpartum recovery, increased milk supply, increased energy levels, and replenishing iron levels.

3. What is a placenta tincture?
Placenta tincture is a piece of raw or powdered placenta that is fermented in high proof alcohol. The alcohol draws all of the nutrients and hormonal compounds from the placenta, preserving it for longer periods of time. 

4. Can I encapsulate my placenta if I have a c-section?
Absolutely! Just make sure you let your care provider and hospital know that you plan to take your placenta home with you. They will place it in a small, plastic container labeled with your information. If you know the date of your c-section prior to the birth, please let your placenta specialist know.

5. How should my placenta be stored until pick up?
Ask your nurse to help pack your placenta. They will usually put it in a biohazard bag or tub. Then put the container in a small cooler with ice until your encapsulation specialist arrives to pick it up. Your nurse can help you get ice for the cooler.

6. How do I know my placenta is being prepared correctly?
Louisiana Birth is professionally trained in placenta preparation as well as OSHA protocol for working with bloodborne pathogens. Universal precautions and safe food handling are always followed during any encapsulation. Safety is our top priority! 

7. I'm several months/years postpartum and still have placenta pills left. What can I do with them?
If you placenta pills are less than 2 years old, they can be made into a tincture. The tincture is fermented placenta powder in a high proof vodka preserving it for years to come. It's perfect for use during your period or even menopause.