Placenta Encapsulation

Postpartum Service

Deciding to encapsulate your placenta is a very personal choice.

After researching placentophagy (consuming one’s placenta) you may have already decided that placenta encapsulation is for you. Or perhaps you still have questions about the benefits and risks of encapsulating your placenta. Call us and we will discuss your reasons for wanting your placenta encapsulated and answer any questions.

Why choose Journey to Motherhood for your placenta encapsulation?

Our placenta encapsulators are trained and certified by International Placenta & Postpartum Association, have completed Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control training, and received a Texas Food Handler Safety Certificate. This training and having your best interests and overall health in mind, ensure that we follow a very strict professional and safety protocol throughout the encapsulation process. As your San Antonio Placenta Encapsulation Specialists, we will also discuss the proper handling of your placenta throughout the encapsulation process during your consultation.

Placentophagy can be a great aid in:

Reducing the risk of postpartum hemorrhage & lessening the lochia phase
Providing the hormones human placental lactogen (hPL) & prolactin to assist with your milk coming in sooner & maintaining a healthy supply
Replenishing iron lost from birth & helping to prevent postpartum anemia. Low iron levels can lead to depressive symptoms in a new mother.
Balancing out your hormone levels until the body is able to regulate them on its own
Providing natural pain relief from the labor and birthing process
Helping your uterus return to pre-pregnancy size
Lending you a consistent flow of oxytocin (the bonding & euphoric hormone)
Replenishing your B-vitamins and offering your body protein for energy
Protection from infection due to retained placenta or bacteria in the uterus

Placenta Encapsulation

Standard Service - $225
$50/Deposit
  • Pick up
  • Choice of flavored capsules
  • Placenta print
  • Umbilical keepsake
  • Postpartum info
  • Delivery
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Placenta Encapsulation

Bliss Service - $265
$50/Deposit
  • Pick up
  • Choice of flavored capsules
  • Placenta tincture
  • Placenta salve
  • Custom sitz bath herbs
  • Placenta print
  • Umbilical keepsake
  • Postpartum info
  • Delivery
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Placenta Encapsulation

Add-on Options
Varies
  • Placenta smoothie
  • Additional salve(s)
  • Additional tincture(s)
  • Placenta beads, pendants(s)
  • Breastmilk jewelry, rings(s)
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Special pricing on all services for military families.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is placenta encapsulation safe?
Dedicated supplies and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after use using an EPA-approved disinfectant. Our placenta specialists have successfully completed training in Bloodborne Pathogens for Professionals in Placenta Encapsulation in accordance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and encapsulation preparation by International Placenta and Postpartum Association. Additionally, each has completed the Texas ServSafe Food Handlers program.
What does placenta taste like?
If you’re having your placenta encapsulated, the dried out placenta is like taking any other herb, fully enclosed in a capsule. Mothers report no taste or aftertaste this way. (The moms of Team JTM have had their placentas encapsulated, and we can vouch for this!)
What methods does Journey to Motherhood use for placenta encapsulation?

Raw Foods Method

Your placenta is prepared and put into capsules using the Raw Foods Method of preparation which uses lower temperatures and no steaming. This method of placenta preparation yields a higher, more potent capsule. The Raw Foods Method Capsules are NOT recommended for women with previous history of anxiety, insomnia, jitters or sensitivity to hormones.

This process is only used within the first 48 hours after birth to ensure freshness. Some people choose this method because they are raw food activists and believe the cooking or steaming process destroys some of the nutrients. Using the RAW method provides a burst of energy up front but does not offer the longer more tonifying benefits of TCM. Some benefits for choosing RAW encapsulation would be: long labor, postpartum hemorrhage or history of it, desire to increase breast milk and energy immediately postpartum.

You get approximately 150-220 capsules using the Raw Method.
Traditional Chinese Method/Basic Heated Method
Your placenta is prepared and put into capsules using the lightly steamed method. The placenta is not cooked all the way through and retains many nutrients and vital hormones. TCM is believed to have tonifying, healing, and warming properties.

Warmth postpartum is essential to replenishing and moving blood, balancing the Qi and energy and removing obstructions. If your placenta has been frozen, this is always the method of choice.

You get approximately 100-175 capsules using the TCM Method.
When you reserve your encapsulation service, we will discuss your maternal health history and determine the best option for preparation.

  • Our capsules are made from 100% vegetable product. They are free of starch, sugar, corn, syrup, wheat, dairy, and other potential irritants and preservatives.
  • You can also choose from flavored capsules (berry, bubble gum, or grape).

Placenta Tincture

Placenta tinctures can be used in addition to and long after your capsules are gone, during times of trauma, transition, or emotional distress – your first postpartum menstrual cycle, menopause.

Your placenta tincture is made by tincturing a small amount of the placenta in a high grade organic alcohol (vodka) & will be ready for use six weeks from preparation.The tincture is very shelf-stable if kept sealed and in a cool dark place, such as a cupboard, and will last for many, many years. It does not need to be refrigerated.

Placenta Smoothie

Basic Placenta Smoothie : Utilizing the placenta, raw, directly after birth is becoming an extremely popular and important step in a new mothers postpartum healing. Taking raw placenta directly after birthing is a great alternative to pharmaceutical means of controlling bleeding. Offering organic berry, green or tropical fruit smoothies. Can be made dairy free or vegan.

Deluxe Placenta Smoothie: Your entire placenta is cleaned and separated into individual servings with selected fruits and vegetables. Add liquid and throw it in the blender to make a power packed energy pick me up! Keep in the freezer up to 6 months.

What's going on with Group B Strep and Placenta Encapsulation?

There are several things going on in the article:

  • The paper says that they cannot rule out reinfection from household contact. Given that GBS colonization is transient and present in both vaginal secretions and the bowel, it would be a very common scenario, especially with rushed or improper hand washing.
  • An encapsulator should ensure that the placenta reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. The article says that the range for these capsules was 115 to 160. That is too much room for error.
  • This article infers that GBS can be transmitted via skin, which is pretty impossible according to the March of Dimes and other sources. So handling capsules would not result in transmission to the baby from the skin itself. Proper hand washing would be sufficient to protect the family.

There are many errors and assumptions from this case study of one unfortunate incident that do not support the CDC’s broad caution against all placenta consumption.

If you are GBS positive, your placenta will be steamed prior to processing and dehydrated until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. This is the minimum temp according to food safety processes and will ensure that GBS is eliminated. In the article, the processor used temps varying from 115-160 degrees.

In addition, all equipment (with the exception of a dehydrator and knife) is disposable. In the dehydrator, your placenta is on disposable tray liners to minimize what it comes into contact with to prevent contamination from outside sources.

While we cannot and do not test for GBS, the processes and temperatures that are in place for EVERY PLACENTA are meant to minimize the risk. These universal precautions are followed with every client.

If you have any more questions, please ask!

 

References:

1.Buser GL, Mató S, Zhang AY, Metcalf BJ, Beall B, Thomas AR. Notes from the Field: Late-Onset Infant Group B Streptococcus Infection Associated with Maternal Consumption of Capsules Containing Dehydrated Placenta — Oregon, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:677–678. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6625a4.

2.Streptococcus agalactia E, Pathogen Safety Data Sheet, Public Health Agency of Canada. April

30, 2012. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/streptococcus-agalactiae-eng.php

3.Schuchat A. Epidemiology of Group B Streptococcal Disease in the United States: Shifting Paradigms. Clin. Microbiol. Rev. July 1998vol. 11 no. 3 497-513

4.Cunningham R. Recurrent group B streptococcal disease in infants: a possible explanation. Clin Infect Dis. 2000 Aug;31(2):627. Pubmed PMID: 10987746

5.Johnson, S. A scientific approach to placenta remedies: What hormones are found in placenta tissue? Preliminary Research Results. April 11, 2017. https://experiment.com/u/DKKnUQ

 

Can I still have my placenta encapsulated if I have a C-Section?

Yes! These interventions have no noticeable effect on your placenta capsules. Epidural anesthesia and pitocin break down very quickly after entering the placenta, and encapsulating is a great option to assist with your C-section recovery.

Make sure you specify clearly in your birth plan that you will be keeping the placenta, and that it needs to be refrigerated as soon as possible after the birth.
How do I know I will not receive someone else’s placenta?

We take great care to keep our placenta encapsulation service the safest available. Only one placenta is ever prepared at a time by our specialists, so there is not a chance of an accidental switch or any cross contamination of any kind.

How long can a placenta be stored in a freezer?
Placentas that have been properly frozen (double-bagged and protected from freezer-burn) can be encapsulated up to six months after the birth (even longer in some cases).
Has your placenta been frozen for a year or more?
We can evaluate your defrosted placenta to see if it is fit for encapsulation, however we do not guarantee results, only provide the service.
How easy is it to get my placenta after delivery?

Texas passed HB 1670 on June 17, 2015 allowing patients to take possession of their placenta barring any medical complications. We can help you work with your facility if you are receiving push back.

Please note: SAMMC and Westover Hills Santa Rosa may hold on to your placenta for up to 72-hours before releasing to you. Contact us with any questions.

Anything else?
We also offer placenta prints, umbilical keepsakes, and placenta jewelry. Contact us for details.

Amy has changed the health and well being of my entire family. From emotional and spiritual relationship, to a better diet, she is a wealth of information and provides it in a loving, non-judgemental way. She’s become more than my nutritionist, she’s now a dear friend. Our family will be forever grateful to Journey to Motherhood and the many services we’ve benefited from. In fact, we’ve hired Amy as our doula for the upcoming birth of our second child!

– Vanessa H., Health Coaching Client

This being my 6th pregnancy, I found that I still strongly wanted labor support for when it came time to deliver. One big reason I wanted a doula by my side is I was planning to VBAC after having delivered twins by cesarean 3 years before. When the big day finally arrived, I am so glad to have had Amanda by my side. She met me at the hospital and was a wonderful source of both hands on and emotional support. And I got my VBAC! Amanda not only provided me with amazing support in birth, but she also encapsulated my placenta delivering my capsules a day later.

– D. S., VBAC Client

Naomi Thomas was our (postpartum) doula for 8 weeks. She was amazing. She taught me how to nurse, bathe, and care for my newborn. She helped with preparing dinner and some chores around the house. She answered every question I had. If she didn’t know an exact answer, she would research and answer the next day. I would recommend Journey to Motherhood to all my friends who plan to have children.

– Lizzie A., First Time Mom

Not only was I able to get capsules in different flavors, I was able to get a tincture! Dalia was very helpful with any and all questions or concerns I had. Well worth it!!

– Angel, San Antonio Mom