Placenta Encapsulation Process and Pictures
I am thrilled to say that placenta encapsulation in Tulsa is becoming more and more popular. Not only are more new moms learning about the benefits, the act of consuming your placenta isn't as taboo or ewww as it once was.
Some clients want to be 100% involved in observing and asking questions and taking pictures. Others want to take a nap and pretend we aren't doing what we are doing in the kitchen.
We love working with all kinds of clients at whatever their comfort level and we respect the responsibility that we hold while preparing this precious organ.
Our task is not taken lightly.
For those clients that are supremely curious about encapsulation or anyone that just plain thinks placentas are awesome, this blog is for you - complete with detailed pictures.
Fair warning for the faint of heart. Actual placenta is going to be shown.
Behold the Placenta
The placenta is quickly rinsed and set on to a disposable cutting board on top of absorbent pads on a wonderfully sanitized counter top.
Perfect opportunity for pictures and pleasantries regarding this amazing organ.
Many moms look over and smile a sweet smile of wonderment at the miracle of their bodies and treasure their amazing placenta that nourished their baby for many months.
Check out the size of the blood vessels and the length of that cord in the one presented here! You'll get to see what we did with the cord a little bit further down in the blog. Totally worth sticking around and seeing.
This is the fetal side of the placenta and you can see the amniotic sac settled at the bottom of placenta itself.
A beautiful, healthy placenta that grew a beautiful, healthy baby girl.
A little bit of education
Maybe the best part of being with new moms and their families during the encapsulation process is giving them some fantastic in-person education about their recently evacuated baby holder.
We get to show and explain all the good stuff about the placenta. Mom gets to see the maternal and fetal side of the placenta, talk about the umbilical cord and observe the one vein and two arteries, the curl of the cord, and the incredible amniotic sac.
They can visualize the movements, kicks and baby's growth inside that precious sac and wonder at some of the uniqueness that we find like cord placement, blood vessels in the sac, blood clots and other variations we find in their own placenta.
It's a very special time that allows the mom (and family members) a time to connect to their placenta and honor it.
Then we ask permission to proceed.
Preparing for processing
We then begin preparing the placenta for the encapsulation process.
We remove the umbilical cord and set it aside for a special purpose, and remove the amniotic sac and place it on the cutting board.
Then, we begin the process of removing the excess blood that is inside the placenta. Once that is completed, we place the placenta and amniotic sac into a steamer pot that has had water with sliced up ginger and lemon gently simmering on the stove top.
The ginger and lemon both have warming properties and many traditional theories hold to the belief that warming a newly postpartum body aids in healing and is very beneficial for the new mom.
Steaming the placenta
The method that we utilize is based on Traditional Chinese Method. None of us are Chinese Medicine practitioners, but we hold true to the value in their method of encapsulation.
Tulsa Family Doulas only provides placenta encapsulation services that utilize steaming as part of the process prior to the dehydration step.
Slowly steaming the placenta kills off any potential bacteria that may be residing on the placenta itself.
It's okay if you want your placenta prepared using the raw method, we just aren't the encapsulators that will provide that service for you.
Hey, even restaurants have to disclose about the potential negative effects of consuming raw or under-cooked meat. Why would we be any different?
Dehydrating the placenta
While the placenta is steaming, we clean up the counter and sink and prepare for the next step - dehydration.
We check the placenta frequently to assure it does not overcook, and as soon as there is no more pink in the pieces, we remove the placenta and place it on a clean cutting board.
The ginger and lemon water is disposed of and not included in the dehydration process. The only thing that goes in the capsules is the placenta itself.
Once the placenta is done steaming, we thinly slice it and place it on parchment paper that is placed on the trays of the dehydrator.
The dehydrator is left running, and then we clean up, sanitize the work surface and our equipment, and provide a printed overview to the client of every step we took on Day 1.
making it beautiful
A great part of doing the encapsulation is giving the mom another treasure!
We find a way to create a design with the umbilical cord. It can be as simple as a heart or a cirlce. Sometimes, the cord is long enough to commemorate the baby uniquely by writing the word "love" or even their name.
Look at what we were able to make with Claire's umbilical cord!
Preparing the capsules
The next day, the cleaning and work begins again! We remove the dehydrated placenta from the trays and begin grinding it so it can be placed in the capsules.
This process becomes cathartic and peaceful.
The capsule machine you see at the bottom right of the picture helps get at least 50 capsules done at once.
Some of the capsules have their tops on (the shiny looking capsules) and some have not yet received their smaller tops.
Many average-size placentas will produce anywhere between 85-120 pills. Sometimes there are those fantastic placentas that produce more than 150 pills. Bravo, mama, bravo.
Enjoying the benefits
All encapsulations are completed within 24 hours, so you can begin enjoying the benefits of your placenta therapy as soon as possible.
Once we are completed with the encapsulation, then we package it up and give the client a printed overview of every step we completed on Day 2.
We also provide a printed set of consumption guidelines, storage information, and sit down and go over all the material in person.
If you have chosen to add the tincture and salve to extend your placenta therapy, we review the use of each as well.
Tulsa Family Doulas Placenta Encapsulators
Tulsa Family Doulas has 6 placenta encapsulators - allowing for immediate availability in beginning your processing. Each encapsulator has completed an in-depth in-person placenta encapsulation training, observation and certification process, blood-borne pathogen training, and are subject to peer review to assure that every encapsulation is our absolute best service possible.
We look forward to serving your family with this incredibly personal and valued service. Connect with us to schedule your encapsulation today!