Placenta Bliss

Questions and Answers

Why take placenta capsules?

Your baby's placenta, dehydrated and place in capsule form, is believed to:

•  be perfectly made for you
•  contain your own natural hormones
•  been shown to increase milk production
•  balance your system
•  replenish depleted iron
•  give you more energy
•  lessen bleeding postnatally
•  help you have a happier postpartum period
•  hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state
•  be helpful during menopause

 Studies show that placenta is extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6 and of course, your own natural hormones, making it perfectly made for you, by you. Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones, and thus reintroducing them to your system may ease hormonal fluctuations. Almost every mammal ingests their own placenta after the birth to replenish what they have lost during birth. This has been in practice in China and many cultures for thousands of years.

What hormones are in the placenta?
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.

• Prolactin: promotes lactation
• Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; also known as the “love” hormone

• Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infection

• Prostaglandins- acts as an anti-inflammatory

• Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: boosts energy and helps recover from stressful events

• Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks stores of energy

• Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, stimulates iron production in blood

• Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections

• Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing

What should I do with the placenta after birth?

   Make sure to inform your care provider that you would like to take the placenta home before labor. Inform them of your desire to encapsulate and ensure that your placenta is suitable to be ingested. We do provide you with a Release of Placenta and Waiver of Liability form if needed at your place of birth. 

   Bring a Ziploc bags with your name on it to your birth space, you may chose to use a food safe container to place the bag in or the plastic container your provider offers, keep in a cooler with some ice. At home births place the placenta in the ziploc and refrigerate. Keep the placenta sealed and refrigerated at all times. 

Important: The placenta should sit out no more than 2 hours at room temperature. Please be sure to have someone in charge of placing the placenta in the ziploc and kept cold, in the cooler with ice or refrigerator, asap.

Can I still consume my placenta if there was meconium present at birth?

   Yes, We will soak the placenta in vinegar if there has been meconium staining. This disinfects without compromising the integrity of the organ, so you can still use the Raw Method too.

What if they want to take my placenta to pathology?

   If the placenta needs to be taken to pathology ask if they  cut a small piece to take to examine, which they can do in your room, instead of taking the whole placenta. They only need a small piece to do their testing and can do visual review in your room also. Do not allow the placenta to leave your room.

If they insist on taking the whole placenta is no longer a candidate for encapsulation through us. We can not guarantee that it has not had chemical on it, touch with instruments that have chemicals on them, or that it was keep refrigerated. We will put together a Placenta Keepsake package for you (see Placenta Keepsake scroll down). 

Is it illegal to take my placenta home and eat my placenta? 

 North Carolina’s stance on placenta release and consumption:

"Patients may take possession of their placentas providing certain criteria are fulfilled. First, patients wishing to retain possession of their placentas must consult with their physician. Physicians must be comfortable that possession of the placenta by the patient poses no threat to the public health and that there is no compelling medical reason why the patient should not have possession. Secondly, the patient must state the reason that the placenta is not to be designated as a “waste” and should not be destined for disposal. It is acknowledged that examples of these uses include: -A patient wishing to retain possession of their placenta for the purpose of fulfilling a religious requirement is acceptable. The medical waste laws and rules of the State of North Carolina are not meant to interfere with the religious practices of any person or group. The exceptions to this are those practices where the placenta is intended to be consumed by persons other than the patient.  -Patients who may wish to retain  the placenta for interment.  -Patients wishing possession for the purpose of placentophagy for the alleviation or prevention of post-natal depression and/or pre-menopausal or menopausal symptoms is also acceptable providing that the patient certifies that the placenta is for their personal use only." Bill Patrakis, Environmental Biologist with the Division of Waste Management, Solid Waste Section of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources November 2010

How is the equipment clean between encapsulation? 

Our equipment is cleaned first by hand washing with an antimicrobial/bacterial agent and then sterilized using a chlorine bleach solution before and after every encapsulation. Our equipment is non porous glass, ceramic, or stainless steel.