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Frequently Asked Questions

How does placenta encapsulation work?

Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby (by separating the membranes and umbilical cord from the placenta, rinsing and draining maternal and fetal blood) and dehydrating it to then be ground and placed into capsules for the mother to ingest.




Why do people encapsulate their placenta?


The purpose of ingesting your placenta is to reintroduce the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients to her body following labor and birth to help restore a more balanced body function, prevent “baby blues” and the more serious postpartum depression, increase breast-milk production, shorten healing time, increase maternal energy levels, and provide an over-all feeling of wellness to aid in the transition between pregnancy and the early postpartum period in the woman who has just given birth.

How does the process work?

Getting set up is super simple. I will provide you with a link that allows you to fill out the contract, the brief intake form, and make a payment online with a debit, credit, FSA, or HSA card. I will mail you a cooler to store your placenta in once your baby has been born. I will pick up your placenta, process it, and deliver the product back to you with in 3 days.




What is the difference between modified raw preparation and steamed?


The modified raw method that is used is said to preserve the highest amount of hormones and nutrients. The placenta is rinsed, sliced, then dehydrated. 

Alternatively, after being rinsed the placenta is lightly steamed.  After steaming the placenta is sliced then dehydrated. People often choose steaming method when they have a past history of anxiety or depression not related to pregnancy. The steaming of the placenta seems to provide a lower "dose" of the hormones, thus less likely to exasperate any existing issues.

Can I encapsulate with Group B Strep?

Many people are talking about the recent article warning people against encapsulation when a woman has been diagnosed with Group B Strep (GBS). In that one particular case, it was warned that GBS was transferred to baby from the encapsulated placenta the mother was taking. Unfortunately, in that particular case there are many unknowns in how the placenta was prepared, the temperature it was prepared at, the cleanliness of the area it was prepared, and the disinfecting protocol used. With each placenta prepared with East Valley Placenta, we follow best practice safety standards regarding processing and disinfecting. For more information about the safety of encapsulating with GBS check out Association of Placenta Preparation Art's post for further information.

Why don't you promote Traditional Chinese Method?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a long existing tradition of medicines that we do not approach lightly. While the concept of transforming your placenta using TCM is simple (steamed with lemon, ginger, and pepper before dehydrating) we seek to respect the historical power and beliefs. If this is something you desire please contact us to see how we can assist you.



Can a frozen placenta be encapsulated?


A frozen placenta can be encapsulated. If the placenta was stored properly, has no freezer burn, was not left out at room temperature for over four hours, and stayed no longer than 4 days in the refrigerator. Over time a frozen placenta can lose its quality. The general time frame to encapsulate a frozen placenta is about 12 months.




Can I encapsulate my placenta after having an epidural or c-section?


There are no known issues from having an epidural or c-section and encapsulating the placenta.




What are the helping hormones in my placenta?


Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone,

Prolactin: promotes lactation,

Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. In pharmaceutical form this is a very addictive drug because it promotes a feeling of connectedness with others,

Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events,

Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores,

Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections,

Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory,

Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition,

Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing,

Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections.




Is there any reason why I can't encapsulate my placenta?


There are a few reasons why a placenta cannot be encapsulated.

1. You had an infection such as chorionamnionitis.

2. Your placenta was not placed on ice or in a fridge after 4 hours.

3. Your placenta was in the fridge for more than 4 days.

4. Your placenta went to pathology.

5. Some cancers may be a reason not to ingest your placenta



What is a tincture?


Placenta tincture is made by cutting off a small piece of the placenta and steeping it in 100 proof alcohol, vodka or brandy, for 6 weeks. Once the placenta tincture is done, it is strained and ready to use once you are out of your placenta pills. The most helpful times to use the tincture is during times of stress, anxiety, great life changes, during PMS, and can even be used during menopause!


I didn't make a tincture and I'm almost out of pills. Now what?


You can make a tincture out of your capsules! It may not be as strong as using a raw piece of placenta, but I'd be happy to email you the directions on how to do this on your own usign 6-8 pills.



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