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Is placenta encapsulation safe? Well, that depends on who is doing the processing and what type of standards they have. I follow all OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) guidelines, as well as all APPA guidelines. I also work in a dedicated placenta work space and with equipment that is used ONLY for placenta processing. Below are some key points.

  • Dedicated workspace for placentas only.
  • I work on only one placenta at a time, so no chance of mix-ups.
  • I use only high quality Veg-Capsules. *Unless flavored gelatin capsules are requested.*
  • Dehydration ONLY takes place in a high quality dehydrator with a temperature gauge, NEVER in an oven.
  • Food safety, OSHA, and APPA sanitation standards are strictly adhered to.
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  • All surfaces and equipment are washed and sanitized prior to use.
  • All personal protective equipment (gloves, mask, etc.) is used EVERY time.
  • All surfaces and equipment are washed, sanitized, or disposed of after each use.
  • 15 min. on the clock
  • All items being sanitized are left to soak in a concentrated bleach solution for at least 15 min. OSHA standard is a minimum of a 10 minute soak.
  • All items will have a clean water rinse to remove bleach residue.
  • Group B Strep and Recent CDC Article

    When the placenta is properly prepared, this bacteria cannot survive. The placenta is therefore perfectly safe for encapsulation. Please have a look over the following articles.

    Placenta Encapsulation Methods

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    Traditional Encapsulation Method

    This method loosely follows the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory of placentophagy.  It is believed that after a birth the woman has an empty cold spot within her, which needs to be filled with warming things. In this method the placenta is gently steamed, along with warming and tonifying herbs, before the dehydration process.

    *Clients who are GBS positive should stick to this method.

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    Fresh-prep Encapsulation Method

    Some believe this method keeps the essence of the placenta intact. This method skips the heating phase of the encapsulation process altogether. This method gives a more intense energy boost and will also enable production of more pills, as the placenta shrinks slightly when steamed.

    *Clients who suffer from anxiety typically have better results with the Traditional method.

    1/2 & 1/2 Option

    Not sure which option to choose? How about a little of both? This option means half of your placenta is prepared with the traditional method and half with the fresh-prep method. This allows you to make your own decision on which method you prefer.

    The Placenta Process

    Curious what happens to your placenta when it leaves your custody?


    Day 1

    Once your labor begins you will contact me and let me know. After you have given birth (preferably within the first few hours) someone should again contact me. I will come pick up your placenta. I will properly store and transport the placenta back to my work space. The placenta will first be examined and weighed. Notes of anatomy and pictures will be taken to be kept in your client record. A thorough cleaning will then take place, as well as the process to begin a tincture if the option was chosen. The placenta is then prepared for steaming with warming and toning herbs in the water. If you choose the fresh-prep method, this steaming step will be skipped. Next the placenta will be thinly sliced into strips and dehydrated completely to remove all moisture. This can take anywhere from 12-26 hours.

    Day 2

    After complete dehydration has taken place the placenta strips will be ground into a fine powder. This will then be encapsulated – reserving a small portion for salve production if the option was chosen. Final products will then be delivered to you, at your convenience.

    Placenta Storage

    Your placenta may remain at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Place the placenta within two Ziploc bags and place in the cooler I provide you with and surround with ice. If a refrigerator is available at your hospital or birthing center you may place the double bagged placenta in it.

    Eyes on Your Placenta

    Please try to keep eyes on your placenta at all times. It is helpful if your support person can take on some of this responsibility. This is for your safety. We do not want any cross contamination.


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