What if I am a vegetarian/vegan?

Only life has provided you with these amazing nutrients and benefits. In addition, the dehydrated and powdered placenta is inserted into vegetarian capsules, not gelatin, and stored in a cobalt blue glass jar.

What type of equipment do you use?

I use a food grade dehydrator with a top mounted fan. To grind the placenta into a powder I use a Nutri Bullet. Both appliances allow all parts that come in contact with the placenta to be fully immersed in a disinfecting solution.

How do you sanitize your equipment?

I try to use disposable items whenever possible. Everything else is scrubbed with hot soapy water, rinsed, then immersed in an CCOHS approved, hospital grade disinfectant or bleach solution for 20 minutes, then rinsed again and dried.

How should I handle the placenta before it is encapsulated?

Double bag and refrigerate the placenta as soon as possible after the birth. If a refrigerator is not available, place the placenta in a cooler on ice. If for some reason you do not want me to pick up the placenta within the first 4 days, double bag it in Ziploc freezer bags and freeze it.

I have my placenta from the birth 6 months ago in my freezer. Will you still encapsulate it?

Yes, we will encapsulate a placenta up to nine months after the birth. As long as it has been properly handled and kept frozen, the hormones should remain viable. Some women don’t think to encapsulate their placenta until postpartum depression crops up later on in the first year of baby’s life. Others choose to encapsulate to help with other hormone imbalances such as PMS or menopause.

When is it considered unsafe to consume the placenta?

If you develop a fever from an infection during childbirth as confirmed by your doctor or midwife, or if your baby became ill from an infection then the placenta would be considered unsuitable.

Is there any time that I should not take the capsules?

There are different schools of thought about this in TCM. Some believe that placenta should not be taken if the body is fighting off a common cold, flu, or infection. If you should get a breast infection (mastitis), the capsules should not be taken until infection is cleared. If symptoms such as chills, fever, sneezing, aches, flushed cheeks, hot palms and feet or night sweats should occur, stop taking the capsules until the body has fought this off. The Placenta is extremely tonifying in nature and can cause a pathogen to grow stronger and get deeper into the body.

What if I have an epidural/Oxytocin/ Fentanyl/other medication or a c-section?

Your placenta acts as a filter and most drugs are eliminated during the process. In the case of a c-section, if you advise the hospital staff ahead of time, your placenta will be properly packaged and given to you (or your partner). It is advisable to refrigerate it as soon as possible. The cooler I transport your placenta home in will keep the temperature stable.

If there was meconium present, can I still encapsulate my placenta?

Yes. The placenta is gently washed in a water and vinegar solution to remove any residual meconium and thoroughly rinsed. This is the only additional step in the process

How do I know I won’t receive somebody else’s placenta?

We prepare each placenta individually – one at a time – so there is never a risk for mix up or cross contamination.

What kind of capsules do you use?

We use vegetarian capsules that are vegetarian, and entirely derived of HPMC, Kosher and Halal certified, irritant-free and preservative-free, no corn, dairy, soy, starch, sugar or wheat.

How many capsules will I get from my placenta?

It depends on the size and health of your placenta and what method of preparation you choose. When choosing TCM preparation which involves steaming, the placenta loses a large amount of mass, mostly blood which is iron rich. We therefore steam the placenta very gently to ‘warm’ it while ensure as much of its mass as possible is retained. It is not completely cooked when placed inside the dehydrator so you get the benefits of TCM preparation with maximum yield potential. When preparing a placenta using RAW food method, there is no steaming involved so there is more mass available for dehydration which therefore yields more capsules.

I still have questions, can I contact you?

Absolutely! If you would like to call me, my number is 604-340-6684. I would prefer emails, my address is: info@fromtummytomummy.ca

what is the placenta

The placenta is an endocrine organ, meaning it is a hormone producing organ. The placenta begins producing hormones at 6-8 weeks gestation to help sustain pregnancy. These hormonal levels continually increase during pregnancy, and by the third trimester there are 3 times the normal level of hormones in an expectant mother’s system. By 4-5 days postpartum, these hormone levels will drop to below normal. This is a huge fluctuation going from 3 times the normal level to below normal hormonal level, and this is where the healing properties of the placenta come into play.

The placenta’s hormonal make-up is completely unique to the mother. No prescription, vitamin or herbal supplement can do what one placenta capsule can. Each woman’s placenta is unique to her hormonal make-up, and by ingesting the placenta you are replacing the hormones you lost during the birthing process. Encapsulation is the most common preparation for placenta medicine, as capsules are simple to take, store well, and can be ready fairly quickly after birth. These qualities make them perfect for several weeks of postpartum nourishment.

Here are just a few of the scientifically known hormones and their functions that are produced by the placenta and are still viable and intact after delivery. Amazingly these hormones are such that are needed postpartum, so why would the placenta naturally create postpartum hormones if not to be used to replenish the new mother’s system?

Prolactin: promotes lactation
Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; also known as the “love” hormone
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infection
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: boosts energy and helps recover from stressful events
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks stores of energy
Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anaemia
Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
These are just a few of the powerful healing hormones that the placenta produces, so doesn’t it make sense to safely welcome these hormones back into your system as well as your baby’s through your breast milk?