Can I Encapsulate My Placenta If?

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Having spoken to numerous women who have encapsulated their placentas, I have received nothing but positive feedback.

 

Women often ask if they can have placenta encapsulation in different scenarios, so I turned to my good friend Jenny from Mama Bird Doula, an IPEN trained member of the Placenta Remedies Network for the answers.

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Can I encapsulate my placenta if I’ve had a water birth?

Yes if the placenta is not delivered in the water.

Holding On

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Can I encapsulate my placenta if I’ve had a caesarean birth?

Yes you can.

Can I encapsulate my placenta if I’ve had an induction?

Yes you can.

Can I encapsulate my placenta if I’ve had antibiotics?

Yes if there is no infection present.

Can I encapsulate my placenta if I am Group Strep B Positive?

Yes but only by the steamed method.

Can I encapsulate my placenta if I’ve had Syntocin or a managed third stage (placental delivery)?

Yes you can.

Can I encapsulate my placenta if I’ve had a physiological (non managed) third stage (placenta delivery)?

Yes you can.

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Can I encapsulate my placenta if I’ve had delayed cord clamping?

Yes you can.

Can I encapsulate my placenta if I have had twins?

Yes you can, it may take longer for the encapsulator as twin placentas are bigger.

Can I encapsulate my placenta if I’ve had a a lotus birth?

Yes for lotus birth as long as not full lotus birth, placenta needs to be less than 8 degrees within 4 hours to be suitable for consumption.

Can I encapsulate if I do cord burning?

Yes but being mindful of food hygiene rules the placenta needs to be less than 8 degrees within 4 hours, our tests have shown that can be achieved in a cool bag if the placenta is placed there within half an hour.

Cord Burning

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How do I store my placenta while I’m waiting for it to be collected?

Your specialist should provide you with Tupperware, cool bag and ice packs where it can stay for 12 hours.

Samantha Says 

Can I insist on having my placenta given to me/keeping my placenta?

Yes you can – there is an urban myth that there are legal requirements around the burial of placentas or that in some situation they “have” to be sent off for testing, neither of these are true.

What else can I do with my placenta I don’t want to eat it?

There are many ways you can honour your placenta, it is the tree of life that grew your baby for 9 months.

You can bury it under a plant, it is great for fruit trees, you can make placental art with it (this is lovely), this you can do yourself using acid free paper, or your doula or placenta specialist can do it for you, you can have it made into placenta jewellery like these beautiful items from Grandmother Turtle.

These are beautiful twin placenta prints made as a gift for me to give one of my twin clients, by Lisa of Birth Roots.

 

As Jenny, of Mama Bird and Lisa of Birth Roots and I are close colleagues, my clients get a 10% discount on their encapsulation services. Please feel to contact me if you need more information or have any questions.

Samantha Gadsden walks with women on their life’s journeys. She is an experienced Doula, based close to Cardiff in South Wales, mother to 4 children and wife to Eddie, more information can be found on her facebook page, Samantha Gadsden Doula and her website, Caerphilly DoulaSOS DoulaTelephone and online support is always available.

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