Total Maternal Support recommends that the ideal time to encapsulate a placenta after it has been frozen is within 6 months of being frozen in a regular freezer or within 12 months if frozen in a deep freezer. This is a general recommendation based off of food safety guidelines for storing meat. When you request preparation of your placenta education is given on benefits, risks, proper storage and handling, and a waiver is required for the sole purpose of acknowledging you have been informed and relinquishing liability of Total Maternal Support. As a client you are to assume responsibility for your own health and actions. Every effort on our end is made to provide you with safe wellness tools to optimize your postpartum healing.
Placenta Encapsulation is the process of turning raw placenta in to safe to consume capsules, similar to herbal supplements. Placenta goes through a verified set of processes over a number of hours and end up being dehydrated at certain temperatures, ground in to fine powder, then manually filled in to capsules.
Sometimes, care providers would like to send the placenta to a pathology lab for further testing and study. Some reasons why this may happen include suspected substance abuse, suspected maternal or neonatal infection, neonatal neurological concerns, and placenta abnormalities among others. If your care provider informs you they would like to take your placenta to pathology, ask them to take a small piece of the placenta instead of the entire thing. It is illegal in all 50 states to prevent a parent from bringing home their placenta.
Some facilities will provide you a container and ice to store your placenta once it is delivered if asked and some will not. Some facilities require placenta to stay until baby is discharged and some require it to leave the premises within so much time post delivery. Ensure you are aware of the policy where you plan to deliver and that your birthing team and family are aware that you wish to keep your placenta and note this in your birth plan as well. Bring a cooler to store your placenta as your placenta needs to be kept cool to ensure it remains safe to consume. Your placenta should be refrigerated and kept below 45°F after the cord is cut.
Your placenta should be placed into a clean leak-proof container as quickly as possible, but definitely within 30 minutes of its birth. This container should then go in to a cooler for no longer than 6 hours. The placenta needs to be refrigerated as soon as possible within 6 hours of being on ice or in a cooler and processed or frozen within 3 days of delivery.
We can collect your placenta from your home or the hospital within our service area. Beyond our service area a travel fee is assessed. When you book we will ask for your due date and contact you before this date to make sure you are prepared. When you go into established labor you should alert us via text, and send another text once you have given birth. You (your partner, family member, or designated person) can then liaise with us over collection of your placenta for processing per preparation arrangements or arrangements can be made during that time.
There are a few situations where we would not be able to process your placenta. These are:
This is why labs are requested to ensure you and babies safety as well as the safety of the specialist. Please let us know if you have any specific questions or concerns. You can have capsules made from your placenta if you are given medicine or anesthetics during the birth of your baby, including a Syntometrine injection. If you are taking any prescription medicines other than those used during pregnancy we ask you to seek advice from your consultant before deciding on placenta encapsulation.
Encapsulation is still possible if you give birth with an epidural, if you have a caesarean section, or water birth. The placenta acts as a filter, filtering out toxins and sending them back to the mother’s liver to be detoxed from the system. With water birth it is important that the placenta is delivered onto a clean surface (such as a pad or towel) and NOT into the birthing pool. Unfortunately, the temperature and condition of the water makes it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Delayed cord clamping (waiting at least 10 minutes after delivery to cut the cord, preferably until it has completely stopped pulsing) has been proven to hold lifelong benefits for babies, and is something we encourage all families to research before giving birth. Delaying cord clamping will not have any negative effect on your placenta.
Cord blood or stem cell storage are both absolutely fine with placenta encapsulation. You need to ensure your your chosen storage company is aware you will be keeping your placenta for consumption. They will need to follow our handling procedures and ensure the temperature is kept below critical levels at all times.
Meconium is sterile, does not contain the fecal bacteria that normal stool does and therefore is perfectly fine to encapsulate. Meconium is only dangerous for the baby to aspirate into the lungs, but is otherwise harmless. If your placenta is heavily stained we will wash it thoroughly before encapsulation preparation. We will advise you once we have checked it. If it is thick with meconium you may only be able to have Traditional Chinese Medicine capsules. You cannot have a Placenta Smoothie if there is meconium staining because bacteria may be present.
We process each placenta within 24 hours of receiving it. Over 90% of clients will receive their remedies with 3-5 days after collection (excluding Placenta Tincture and Homeopathic remedy, which
both take longer to produce). However size of your placenta, state of the placenta, and remedies you have chosen will all play a role in how quickly we can send them out. Weekends, Bank Holidays and severe weather conditions can delay delivery, if that looks to be the case we will inform you.
Yes they can. Capsules have a best before date and must be consumed accordingly. It is also important to store your capsules correctly. Traditional Chinese Medicine capsules should be consumed within 6 months of birth. Simple Capsules will last for 12 weeks. Both types of capsules should be stored in a cool, dry place, but not in the fridge to prevent molding.
Mothers of premature babies need all the help they can get bringing in their milk, healing quickly, and balancing post-natal emotions and mood. As long as your placenta is examined and cleared for any type of abnormality after birth we are happy to encapsulate it.
It is not advised to take your TMS capsules if you have an infection, common cold, flu, fever or an infection such as mastitis. Only once your symptoms have subsided should you start taking your placenta capsules again. We advise you to order Placenta Tincture to complement TMS capsules.
Do not take placenta capsules while you are pregnant because of their hormone levels.
If you do experience any side effects stop
taking the remedies immediately and inform us and seek medical advice.
Most women consume one or two capsules no more than three times a day during the first couple of weeks post-partum or until they feel their hormones have returned to normal. You can take one or two capsules whenever you feel you may need a little more energy or to boost your milk supply when breastfeeding. Placenta capsules can be taken as needed and there is no single correct dose. You may adjust your dose as you feel right. Listen to your body – it will tell you what it needs!
Placentas vary in size so the number of capsules also varies. The number of capsules made can be anywhere from 80-180.
Smoothie needs to be made within 12 hours of birth. It is not possible to prepare Placenta Smoothies on hospital wards or in other public areas. The smoothie is prepared freshly for you and you should drink it as soon as possible after preparation with your own personal blender.
We only ever process one placenta at a time. It is physically impossible to work on multiple placentas at the same time. So it is simply impossible to receive someone else's placenta.
As professionals we work to the highest safety and quality standards. We have complete confidence in the integrity of our technique and processes in our controlled environment.
Placenta encapsulation is not contra-indicated for mothers with pre-eclampsia. Many women who have had pre-eclampsia have very successfully used placenta capsules. Although the placenta does seem to play a part in pre eclampsia, it is not usually unfit for consumption. After the birth, your placenta will be examined for irregularities and problems. Most of the time the placenta is completely fine and you should have no problem encapsulating.
Group B Strep is a common bacterium that does not normally pose health risks to the mother. All bacteria in the placenta are killed during the steaming process, and with Group B Strep we only use the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of placenta encapsulation.
Rarely, Group B Strep can lead to uterine infection. If you developed a uterine infection or fever during your labor, your placenta would not be considered useful in healing, and is likely to be taken to the pathology lab for testing. Otherwise Group B Strep is not contraindicated in placenta remedy preparation.
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