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More and more people are choosing to encapsulate their placentas after birth for cultural, spiritual, health, and/or emotional wellness reasons. Placental consumption has been done in many cultures worldwide for centuries and is rapidly increasing in popularity in the west. A few reported benefits of placenta encapsulation include: a decrease in postpartum mood disorders, increased production of oxytocin, a decrease in stress hormones, restoration of iron levels following bleeding after birth, and increased milk supply. 

What does the process look like?
I will encapsulate your placenta in my own home in a sterile area following all health and safety precautions. Your placenta is washed and then steamed with ginger, lemon, and jalapeño if desired. This steamed method is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. This process is seen as “warming” to the body, the ingredients have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and can help aid in healing and digestion. If you would like your placenta steamed alone that is also an option. After steaming, it is thinly sliced, dehydrated, powdered, and encapsulated into easy-to-take capsules. It will then be returned to you within 72 hours after birth. Placentas vary in size, and will produce anywhere from 75-150 capsules.

How many capsules should I take?
The standard suggested dosage is 2-3 capsules 3 times per day for the first 2 weeks, then 1-2 capsules per day as desired. Some people choose to take fewer capsules over the first 2 weeks so that they have more capsules in later weeks to combat postpartum depression and fatigue. Your returned capsules will come with these instructions.

How long do they keep?
Your capsules can be stored in the freezer, and will keep indefinitely. 

Are there any reasons I should NOT take my placenta capsules?
You should stop taking your capsules during a fever, cold, flu, mastitis, or other illness. You can resume taking your capsules once you are feeling better.

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