In-Home Placenta Encapsulation: What to Expect
You've decided that placenta encapsulation might be for you...so, now what? What happens next? What do I need to do?
why in-home placenta encapsulation?
At Louisville Area Doulas, our Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist only encapsulate placentas in the home of our clients. That means entire process of turning your placenta into capsules will take place in your kitchen.
Why? We have a few reasons. The first is safety. We believe that the safest place to encapsulate your placenta is in your home, where the capsules you ingest won't be exposed to anything that you aren't used to.
The second is that we don't want there to be any doubt in your mind that the capsule that you get are from your placenta. When your loved transports your placenta from hospital to home, and we come to your home to complete the whole process, there is no question.
Third, and most importantly, our Postpartum Placenta Specialist is an expert not only in placenta encapsulation, but also in supporting you through your postpartum recovery and caring for you newborn. She encapsulates in your home to be right there in case you need anything.
With that out of the way, what does this process look like?
before your baby is born
Before your baby is born, you will receive everything you need to transport your placenta home safely, including a transportation kit and guidelines for transportation and storing your placenta.
You'll want to keep your transportation kit with everything else you plan to bring to the hospital.
yay! your baby is here!
Your baby's birthday has finally come! We know you want to focus on spending time with your new little family, so we want to make the scheduling process as easy as possible. All you have to do is shoot us and email and schedule a time when someone can be at your house to let you Postpartum Placenta Specialist in.
Choose a loved one to transport your placenta home and place it in the fridge or freezer, cooler and all. This is a great job for grandparents, aunts, or uncles that want a way to help or that may be heading to your place already to feed the pets, water the plants, etc.
We typically try to schedule day one when you're still in the hospital to get you your capsules as soon as possible. But if you want to watch the entire process, you're welcome to schedule day one for when you will be home!
On this first day, you Postpartum Placenta Specialist will bring in all of her supplies and equipment, clean and sanitize your kitchen (don't worry if you left a few dishes in the sink in the rush to the hospital), and get started.
Day one takes about 2 hours, give or take, and you can stay as far away from the process or be as involved in the process as you'd like!
On this first day, your Postpartum Placenta Specialist will be steaming your placenta (in accordance with the traditional method that we use), preparing it for the dehydrator, and leaving it in the dehydrator overnight.
We'll leave the dehydrator somewhere unobtrusive, sanitize the kitchen, tidy up, and make plans to be back the next day sometime between 12 and 24 hours later.
When possible we like for day two to take place your first day home from the hospital. This way, we can answer any questions that you have and be available to offer any advice, support, or resources that you may need. Day two is a little less "icky" to look at since the placenta is fully dehydrated, but your welcomed to be as involved as you'd like. Some parents like to watch, some parents would rather be in another room.
After sanitizing your kitchen, your Postpartum Placenta Specialist will grind your dehydrated placenta into a powder, and add them to capsules. If you have decided to have a tincture or salve made, she'll create those products now.
After only about and hour and a half, you capsules will be beautifully packaged and ready for use! After cleaning up, your Postpartum Placenta Specialist will sit down with you and explain the guidelines for taking your capsules and answer any questions that you may have.
Your Postpartum Placenta Specialist will still be there for you after your encapsulation is complete! She's there to call or email with any questions that you have about taking your capsules, postpartum recovery, or newborn care.
curious to learn more about placenta encapsulation? join us April 7th at Rainbow Blossom for our "Postpartum Health: Placenta Encapsulation" workshop! Pre-register, and you will recieve 10% off any placenta encapsulation package with Louisville Area Doulas.