Raw Placenta Encapsulation

Unlike the Traditional Chinese Medicine preparation of the placenta(see previous blog about TCM encapsulation), we do not steam the placenta with herbs during this raw encapsulation process. We forgo the steaming to save the vital nutrients and hormones that may be depleted once the placenta has heated to above 118 degrees. This method follows the general “Raw Foods” rule that nothing should be headed beyond 118 degrees or vital enzymes are lost.  This is not to say one method is better than the other, just that you have several options for encapsulation and should choose the method that best suits your needs and preferences.

Women have called these capsules “happy pills” and report phenomenal energy levels while taking them. Raw placenta is extremely high in hormones such as progesterone and oxytocin. Midwives have traditionally used fresh placenta to stop bleeding immediately postpartum by slicing off a piece of the maternal side and having the mother put this between her cheek and gums. The high hormone levels cause the uterus to close down and bleeding is diminished.

Here are answers to questions we receive frequently regarding placenta encapsulation:

Why should I consume my placenta?
During birth women lose 1/8-1/10 of their blood supply. The mammal placenta was made to be consumed and make up for this loss by giving the new mother essential fats, amino acids, vast amounts of iron
and essential hormones to aid the body in self recovery after birth.

Will placenta capsules help with my breast milk supply?
Dried placenta has been proven to increase a breast-feeding mother’s milk supply. The first and still one of the few ever studies on using placenta as a lactagogon gave incredible results. 181 out of 210 women who were given dried placenta to increase milk supply had positive results and saw an increase in their milk supply.
Placenta as a Lactagogon; Gynaecologia 138: 617-627, 1954

I’m delivering in a hospital. Can I still have my placenta encapsulated?
Absolutely! When you sign up for our service, we will provide you with instructions and paperwork to give to all your hospital caregivers to make bringing the placenta home easy and stress free for you.

How long does the placenta encapsulation take?
Once we receive your placenta we are usually able to complete the encapsulation process is about 24 hours.

How many capsules can I expect from my placenta?
It all depends on the size of your placenta. We have seen anywhere from 100 – 200 capsules from various placentas.

What about sanitation? I’ve been told the placenta is a bio-hazard.
Uninformed people call the placenta a biohazard. We thoroughly disinfect the area where we work before , during, and after the process. All of our equipment is used solely for encapsulation and is disinfected with a hospital quality cleaner that is effective against HBV and HIV (the viruses that cause hepatitis B and AIDS), EPA registered, and meets OSHA requirements for blood spill clean up. We are careful to go beyond OSHA’s rigid requirements to ensure total safety everyone involved.

I delivered some time ago; my placenta is in the freezer. Is it too late to encapsulate?
Absolutely not. Although it is best to process the placenta within six months, all hormones and some nutrients are still viable and beneficial.


Disclaimer
Despite centuries of safe placenta use, the information in this entry have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The services we offer are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilize any such services take full responsibility for researching and using the remedies.

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27 responses to “Raw Placenta Encapsulation

  1. I’m so thankful that there’s people like you to educate and help others. :)

  2. maria

    May I ask how big the jar is?
    Thanks!

  3. Dawn

    Charlie,
    I am looking into doing encapsulation in my area (WI). Did you need to be certified or become a specialist before you were able to prepare the placenta for encapsulation or consumption? If so, how did you do that? Thank you for any info you may be able to give me.

    • (sorry not signing in ;-) )Both myself and Megan work as Midwife’s assistants for several midwives. We had training through many of them and since we work in a birth center we had to take OSHA and Bloodborne Pathogens training.. We also took a special course just on BBP in lacenta encapsulation. That being said, PE is an ancient process and there are many different ways you can become educated.
      I would highly reccomend trying to find someone near you who does PE and pick their brain a little bit. Also goodle the NING group for independent placenta encapsulators.
      Whatever you do stay FAR away from Placenta Benefits….

  4. Kim

    Since I am not affiliated with PB I can speak against them. They charge outrageous fees to teach ppl how to encapsulate. They charge a yearly membership fee. A fee to help you with questions. You have to fulfil a quarterly quota, as well as share your earnings with them. It’s a huge pyramid scam. There is nothing PB teaches that you cannot find out how to do on your own. It’s just best not to get involved with them….

    • PBi has actually changed a lot of what you have described.
      1. “They charge outrageous fees to teach ppl how to encapsulate”-I do not know what you mean by outrageous but they do charge a fee for the materials they send you during your education period as well as they provide person to person support during the training period, at no extra cost (just in case you were wondering)
      2.”They charge a yearly membership fee”- I would not call it a membership fee but there is an annual renewal fee to continue your affiliation with PBi just like any other certifying org in any other line of work.
      3. “A fee to help you with questions”- Not true. You are provided with person to person help through out your training period, at no extra cost. After your training is done you are free to ask questions of anyone you desire. I have personally spoken to Jodi on the phone and was never refused answers to questions or concerns as well as never asked to pay a fee. There is nothing that states this either. You may be referring to an outdated policy or maybe misunderstood what was being said I am sure.
      4. “You have to fulfil a quarterly quota”- again, I believe you are referring to an outdated policy that has been completely omitted years ago.
      .5. “share your earnings with them” – another outdated policy that was wiped away years ago.
      6. “It’s a huge pyramid scam” – I do not know how you define this but PBi truly does not fit the definition. A pyramid scam by legal definition is something in which a person makes money off of the sign up of another and there is no way for the people you sign up to ever surpass you. This is not PBI by any means. You do get a referral fee for referring people to become Encapsulations though. No diff really than any other referral fee people offer to incentivize, i.e. midwives offering $??? for referrals, workplace offering fees to you for referring someone to apply there. .
      Kim and Charlie Rae, you may want to revisit PBi and rethink what you know. They do not seem to be the same certifying org you thought they were. Maybe you were thinking of someone else and just misstated yourself. Either way, I am sure you do not mean to spread ill will about your fellow woman in the birth community. Hope this helps to clarify a few things for you about PBi.

  5. Michelle

    How long can you keep the pills if you encapsulate the placenta in the raw method?

    • Capsules can be kept indefinitely if stored in a closed container in the back of a standard freezer away from light, or in a deep freezer. Once anything has been dehydrated it is preserved really well, and the freezing helps ensure the integrity.

  6. Hello!

    Thank you for your wonderful post on PE! I am just getting started to offer this service and as a person into RAW/Living foods, the raw method appeals to me the most. However I am curious about any exposure in the birth canal (bacteria, maternal fecal matter). I would think that the steaming process would help to kill off this bacteria and can help protect against any potential illnesses from bacteria allowed to culture on the placenta before encapsulation…
    I would love to hear your thoughts/wisdom on this please!
    Thank you kindly,
    Jenn
    Perth, Australia

  7. Charlie

    Hi Jenn!
    We use grain alcohol or vodka to soak the placenta in for a few hours before processing with the raw method if there are any concerns over contamination. Otherwise- bacteria that was on the placenta is the mother’s so there should not be an issue. Anytime we have a placenta from a birth we were not at, we always do a soak. I have heard from other IPEs that they use vinegar instead of alcohol as a disinfectant.
    Hope this helps!

  8. Thank you very much for your help Charlie!

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  10. jessica marshall

    Do you rinse again after vodka bath? thanks, jess

  11. Mary

    Hi! Thanks so much for this informative post! I have also recently begun offering this service to new parents after encapsulating my own placenta after my baby’us birth!

    I am trying to learn about the differences in different methods; so far I’ve always done the TCM method since that’s what I was taught in the workshop I attended for training. I have yet to use the raw method but I may try it after reading this post! I have never heard of the vinegar/alcohol soak so thanks for that info; I’ll have to look into that a little more and ask some more practitioners what they do!

    Thanks also for the info about Placenta Benefits, I have been wondering if I should check them out and become “official” but sounds like I am better off on my own!

    Also, what dose do you normally recommend? I’ve most often seen 2 caps, 3x/day for 2 weeks, but don’t know the reasoning behind that, or if the dose would be different with raw vs steamed placenta.

    Thanks!! :))

    • Hi Mary!
      So glad you found this information useful. We usually recommend 1 capsule 3xday until pp bleeding subsides and then as needed from there. We encourage clients to keep capsules in their freezer so they can be kept and thus used longer.

      Best of luck, happy placenta-ing :-)

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  13. katebesleme

    i’m also beginning to do this for families in my area in thailand after doing my own (TCM style) and have just discovered the raw method. would love to offer both. if i can’t get the placenta raw and start right away, how do recommend mama stores it until i can? i know there are various recommendations on “meat storage” from freezer vs. fridge? curious to know your thoughts. thanks!

    • We always encourage normal safe food storage guidelines that would be used for raw meat. We have people keep it in their fridge if we will be getting it in 2-3 days…other wise it should be stored in the freezer. We then do a vinegar or grain alcohol soak of the placenta in the fridge to slowly defrost for about 24 hrs. Hope this helps!

  14. Hi! My husband and I are contemplating PE for our August delivery. Where do you prepare the capsules?

    Thanks!
    Andie

  15. Hi! My husband and I are contemplating PE for our August delivery. Where do you prepare the placenta for encaspulation?

    Thanks!
    Andie

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