What is encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is based in Chinese medicine, where the placenta is specifically processed for maternal consumption shortly after birth.
How is the placenta processed?
In order to be consumed, the placenta goes through a meticulous process of: steaming, dehydrating, then is ground into a powder and placed into capsules for easy consumption.
Why is the placenta first steamed?
Gently steaming the placenta prior to dehydration reduces the incidence of bacteria. During the steaming process, lemon, ginger and cayenne are added for their antibacterial and healing properties. If you have any sensitivities or allergies to these ingredients, you can add a note to the order and we will be happy to adjust the process to your specific needs.
Is it safe?
In most instances placenta encapsulation is safe. Research has not shown consistent risk of any kind associated with ingestion of dehydrated placenta capsules. Additionally, Kindred takes special attention to meticulously follow cleaning, preparation and processing techniques that align with IPPA and food safety guidelines.
When should I NOT consume my placenta?
There are some instances when it is not safe for you to consume your placenta after birth. Encapsulation Contraindications include:
-Chorioamnionitis (infection of the amniotic membranes)
-Maternal infection during or immediately following delivery.
-Neonatal infection within the first 48 hours of birth
-Improper storage of the placenta ( not placed on ice within 2 hours of delivery and/or refridgerated longer than 48 hours before being frozen.
-Any active infections or untreated sexually transmitted infections
What if I have an epidural, induction or a cesarean section?
Many mothers ask if they are able to consume their placenta if they had an epidural, induction or cesarean birth and the the answer is yes! These procedures do not interfere with the benefits of safety of consuming the placenta.
Can I still delay cord clamping?
Yes, delayed cord clamping does not interfere with placenta encapsulation.
Can I still bank my cord blood?
Yes, cord blood banking does not interfere with placenta encapsulation.
How long does it take?
Average time is 1-3 days to pick up, process and deliver your placenta capsules back for you to enjoy.
How many capsules will my placenta produce?
The average placenta produces between 100-250 capsules. This changes and differs depending on the size of the placenta.
Will the hospital release my placenta?
Yes, some care providers may have you sign a release form, but all hospitals should allow you to take your placenta. Your care provider should be able to get the proper form to you beforehand. When you go into labor, let your nurse know you plan to keep your placenta as well.
Do I need to bring an ice chest or container to the hospital or birth center?
For your safety, it is important for the placenta to be placed on ice within 2 hours of delivery. If you are locally located and contact us in the desired time frame there should be no need to bring your own ice chest. Most hospitals and birth centers will provide a plastic container with a lid to store your placenta, but please double check with them beforehand. If you are planning a home birth, simple store the placenta in a single use container in the refrigerator until pick up.
How do I know I am getting my placenta back?
To avoid any cross contamination or mix up, we only process one placenta at a time.
Do you have flavored capsules?
Yes! We are currently offering both non-flavored and flavored gel capsules to fit your personal preferences. Flavored capsules are subject to availability and currently include strawberry, mix-berry, lime, orange, coffee and bubblegum.
Are the capsules vegetarian?
Yes, all our capsules, both flavored and non-flavored are 100% Pharmaceutical-grade gelatin that is vegetarian, gluten free, allergen free and Halal and Kosher certified.