How does Placenta Encapsulation work? by Ellen Allen
Placenta Encapsulation: Cauldron, Broomstick and Spell Book at the ready... not really! Our guest blogger, Ellen Allen, from The Placenta Connection, explains how Placenta Encapsulation works.
As a recently trained placenta encapsulation specialist, my most common question is “what are the benefits?”.
Anecdotes and testimonials from thousands of women, as well as from my own experience and my clients are easy to access online, and it doesn’t take long to see why more and more women are choosing this service to help with their postnatal experience. But that is not why this blog is here because the next most commonly asked question is “what do you actually have to do?” meaning me as a specialist!
To qualify as a placenta encapsulation specialist, I have undergone a huge amount of theoretical and practical training – most importantly food safety qualifications and infection control. It is with this knowledge and training I have been able to create a strong and safe infrastructure for preparation which has enabled my company to be awarded with a 5-star food rating by Environmental Health, something of which I have been so proud to achieve, as client safety is my absolute top priority, it must be really - when dealing with a human organ!
When I receive a placenta from a new mama, they will have followed my storage instructions ensuring it is safe to consume and would have been chilled down to under 8°C within 4 hours, using the chill pack provided free of charge. When I get into my designated prep space I clean down using hospital grade disinfectants and I am ready to go. That’s when my magic wand comes out and the chanting starts……oh no that’s later!
I wear full protective equipment throughout the whole process. I take the placenta out of the chill pack and prepare it for a unique placenta print if the client has requested one. The placenta is then washed thoroughly to remove any excess blood or meconium if it is present, and the cord is removed and shaped if the client would like to keep it as a keepsake.
There are two ways of preparing the placenta for dehydration I will briefly summarise here – Simple Prep – the whole placenta is sliced extremely thinly from raw and placed onto the dehydrator for approx. 16-20 hours. Steamed Prep – the placenta is steamed for approx. 15 minutes before being sliced extremely thinly to go onto the dehydrator for approx. 10-16 hours. Whichever way the placenta has been prepared, it must reach 70°C for a minimum of 2 mins whether that is by steaming or in the dehydrator, and must reach a stage where the pieces “snap” when they are broken – in order for it to be turned into a powder. Whilst the placenta is in the dehydrator, it’s time to wash and sterilise my equipment and prep space.
The next stage is the grind! Placenta pieces are put into a grinder, which can be completely dismantled for cleaning and sterilising after. It takes approx. 2 minutes of pulsed grinding for the placenta to break down into a fine enough powder to go into capsules. At this point I use a special capsule machine (perhaps this is where the magic happens!) with vegan capsules, and fill them to the brim with placenta powder, and put the lids on! Any placenta can yield from 80-300 capsules depending on the size, type of prep and range of remedies ordered. Once the capsules are counted and put into jars they are ready to go back to mum so she can start taking them asap after birth. After this process, all equipment is washed and sterilised again ready for the next client.
Most important things to note about “the processes”
Your specialist should be registered and approved to work by their local council, we at The Placenta Connection have a 5 star food hygiene rating with Medway Council Environmental Health Dept
Your specialist should provide you with all you need to keep your placenta safely stored at no additional cost
Safe storage of the placenta is vital to the encapsulation process being viable – good communication with your specialist is paramount
If you have any questions about the benefits, the processes and the services I offer at The Placenta Connection please don’t hesitate to contact me @theplacentaconnection on Instagram or Facebook, firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to send an email.