In keeping with my Placenta mini series, I thought I'd briefly answer a few of the regular questions I receive from local clients.
What are the reasons to encapsulate my placenta?
This is the broadest question, as there are so many potential reasons to ingest placenta. With newer research and studies coming out we are seeing women report using placenta for various reasons; mood balance, energy, strong milk supply, nutrient replenishment from birth, etc.  
In various cultures, the placenta is considered sacred. There are reports of people drying, salting, and burying as well. Encapsulation can also be used as a method to store your placenta long term for spiritual reasons.
Is placenta encapsulation safe?
A recent study  from UNLV & Oregon State University reviewing over 23 000 midwifery patient files shows no correlation between adverse mother or infant outcome when consuming placenta.
GBS has been a specific topic of concern since the one CDC report. This case was limited to one infant, and while we do not want any child sick, there was no conclusive evidence to show that the illness was from placenta capsules. When using a properly trained encapsulator, the risk is basically nil. 
How is the placenta processed?
There are various ways to prepare the placenta for encapsulation. I offer steamed and non steamed preparation. Both methods are dehydrated. To ensure that capsules are prepared safely, I follow food safe temperatures for dehydrating meat, for a minimum of 24 hours. This ensures that the placenta is fully dehydrated and kills any bacteria. This makes the placenta safe to handle.
I have my blood borne pathogens certificate, and follow all universal precautions to ensure top safety of my clients and my family. Placentas are prepared in my stand alone placenta kitchen.
Is there anything added to the dried placenta?
Nothing is added to the placenta while steaming, dehydrating, or capsuling. As I am not a herbalist, nutritionist, or TCM practitioner, I prefer to not add anything to the capsules that may compromise quality or interfere with your ability to take them.
What are the capsules made of?
Capsules come in 3 varieties; standard gelatin, flavoured gelatin, and vegan/gluten free.
How much does encapsulation cost?
Standard encapsulation package with one prep method is $220. If you are wanting to add both methods (steamed and non steamed), the fee is $250.
I also offer various other options which may add to your chosen package.
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** Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA or Health Canada. I am simply sharing information for educational purposes **