Has anyone on this board done this before?
I'm strongly considering doing this. I'm just curious what questions I should ask to the person I want to hire to do it (don't really think I could do it myself).
I found this one lady who does it in my area. She even lists other people who do it near me if she is too busy.
Lucina Birth Services: Placenta Encapsulation
Anyone have suggestions on what I should ask? Such as - what hygeine practices do you have in place to prevent cross contamination of blood products? Things like that....
Also, she offers two methods. One is Chinese medicine based where the placenta is cooked with herbs. The second is where it's dehydrated while raw.
I'm concerned about the safety of the raw one....but I'm not sure about herbs in the cooked. Which do you think would be better? I guess I could always ask for it cooked without herbs...
I have no experience with this but I know tons of ex-pg.org ladies who have. If nobody chimes in I'm happy to ask them for you.
I had my placenta encapsulated with my 3rd. I hired someone else to do it. I believe she used the TCM method. I got a mason jar of placenta pills. I didn't have it encapsulated for a long time after his birth, I kept it in my freezer for nearly 6 months before I decided to do it. I didn't really ask too many questions of the provider, she is well regarded in town and friend of a friend. I didn't have any problems with the pills and didn't get sick. This is the website of the provider I used Other Services - Beth Murch I know you are not in KW, but maybe it is another option for you. She sent me pictures of the process, I will upload them in a second to show you...
EDITED TO ADD:
Also, I just read my agreement and it said she would not prepare the placenta if any of the following conditions are present:
- active herpes outbreak
- uterine infection
- Hepatitis B and/or C
- unexplained maternal fever during labour
So, it's possible that you may want to do it but it might not be possible
In Traditional Chinese Medicine method, cooling foods, i.e. raw placenta, are best in the first 48 hours because they calm the hormonal rush and slow the blood flow. After that, warming foods, i.e. cooked placenta, are best because they help rebuild blood and energy. So use a bit of the raw placenta for a smoothie immediately after birth, or stick a chunk of it between your jaw & cheek, and then have the rest processed with the TCM method. It's been working for 5000+ years! The herbs they use are to help boost your post-partum health as well as to help preserve the placenta and mask it's flavor, and cooking destroys any bacteria from the birthing process. (Remember what meconium is???) Cooking is also thought to help make the beneficial hormones more available to the mother.
The two biggest downsides to the raw placenta method is that the capsules don't stay good for very long, and also some moms find that they feel *too* good too quickly, and then they tend to overdo things, rather than using her time and energy to rest and heal.
ETA: I totally chickened out and removed the pictures, if someone wants to see the photos of the placenta and the preparation please PM me and I will send you a link.
I'm just worried about sanitation mostly. I mean, you don't want your parts mixing with anything that might have touched someone elses parts (kwim?)
I really want to do it still though. Maybe I should just call the lady and talk to her to see how she does it.
I really thought about it but didn't end up going through with it since I had a hospital birth and taking your placenta with you isn't that easy. I do remember when researching it they had to prepare it in your home. But since you are planning a home birth that shouldn't be a problem. I guess ask about timing and how to keep it until the doula or whoever is encapsulating it for you arrrives to your house. Its great the ladies here have so much knowledge on the different types. That always confused me too.
I think they lady takes it and does it at her house, that's why I was concerned. I guess if there was a chance of problems, the government would make it illegal....I would think....
Hmm interesting. There are only a couple ladies in a 30 mile radius from me that do it and they both said it had to be done in your home. But I guess its different everywhere is different.
Well i just googled it again and found that it can take up to 3 days to encapsulate' so maybe I am remembering wrong. Im sure its fine. Just ask her for references if you are worried.