I experience an aftertaste when I take the pills, is there any way to avoid this?
"Three things can be done to stop the aftertaste that sometimes occurs when taking the capsules. One, I add ginger powder to the steam bath which stops most people from experiencing aftertaste. Two, swallow the capsules with a bite of food instead of a gulp of liquid to assure that it descends the esophagus without getting stuck. Three, try storing the capsules in the freezer instead of the fridge."
I still have some placenta capsules. Are there other uses for them?
"At the very least, placenta is a good medicine if you intuitively feel that your energy levels have dropped, or that you are having difficulties maintaining your milk production. Also:
Resume taking the capsules after you return to work if you plan to do so, to help with fatigue and lactation issues that may arise from pumping.
You may give the capsules to the child for stress relief such as on the first day of school, during a move, or separation from the parents
Dried placenta can be used topically, it is wonderful for treating eczema – open a capsule and mix the placenta into a small amount of pure natural oil then apply to skin."
Is there any time when placenta capsules should be avoided?
"As placenta is a toning medicine, and brings heat into the body, it is recommended that you stop taking the capsules during times of infection, for example if you are presenting symptoms of common cold, flu, mastitis and at any time when running a fever, as the toning effects of the medicine can actually push the infection deeper into your system, making it harder to recover. Only after the infection has completely cleared, resume taking capsules, at a slightly higher does than when you stopped."
How do I care for my placenta capsules?
"Placenta capsules will last indefinitely with proper care and handling. Keep capsules, dry, dark and cool – ideally in a sealed container in the refrigerator. For long term storage, keep capsules in the freezer."
Can I have my placenta encapsulated if I had a caesarean section, epidural or Induction of labour?
"Absolutely yes. These interventions have no noticeable effect on your placenta capsules. Epidural anaesthesia and syntocinon ( IV medication used for induction of labour), breakdown very quickly after entering the placenta".
What if my placenta is deemed unsuitable for consumption by my care provider?
"This is rare, but it does happen. If your placenta is not suitable, or it is accidentally destroyed or misplaced, we will render our contract null and void, releasing you from my fees and the contract."
Can I still have my placenta encapsulated if I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia?
Placenta encapsulation is not contraindicated for moms with pre-eclampsia. Many women who've had pre-eclampsia have very successfully used Placenta Pills. No one fully understands pre-e or exactly how to prevent it, and although the placenta does seem to play a part, it is not usually unfit for consumption. After the birth, your placenta will be examined for irregularities and problems. Most of the time, the placenta is completely fine and you should have no problem having it released for encapsulation. If your care provider diagnoses a problem or infection in the placenta, it ill be sent to pathology and you won't be able to take it home."
What is the ideal timeline for encapsulation?
"While encapsulation may take place any time after the birth (with proper care to ensure the placenta remains suitable for consumption), the medicinal properties of the placenta will decrease over time. Ideally, the placenta should be prepared within 48 hours for the most benefits, and the dosage begun within 72 hours to mitigate the drop in hormone levels after the birth (around 4 days post-partum).
Is it safe to have my placenta encapsulated if I tested positive for Group B strep (GBS)
"Yes, Group B strep is a common bacterium that does not normally pose health risks to mother. All bacteria in the placenta is killed during the steaming process. Rarely, Group B can lead to uterine infection. If you developed a uterine infection or fever during your labour, your placenta would not be considered useful in healing, and would likely be taken to the pathology lab for testing, but others, Group B strep is not contraindicated in placenta remedy preparation."
Can I encapsulate my placenta if my baby passed meconium before birth?
"Yes, meconium is sterile, it does not contain fecal bacteria that normal stool does. Meconium is dangerous for the infant to inhale, but is otherwise harmless. Additionally, your placenta is thoroughly washed before encapsulation preparation."
What if I have a disease such as HIV, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia or Hepatitis B, or C?
"For your safety and the safety of others, we will not be able to process your placenta if you have any of the above diseases. If you have any of these diseases the hospital will not release your placenta to you. "
Here are some time guidelines to follow to assure that your placenta remains suitable for your consumption. Within 0 – 3 hours the placenta may be left at room temperature. If the placenta will be encapsulated between 3 and 48 hours after the birth, wrap the placenta in a sealable, food grade, plastic bag and lay the placenta flat in the fridge at 4ºC or below. If it cannot be encapsulated until after 48 hours, place the placenta in a second bag, being sure to expel as much air as possible from around the placenta, and lay flat in the deep freeze at 0ºC or below (or the back of your fridge freezer, which is not ideal for longterm storage). The placenta can be encapsulated up to six months after the birth or more (I know of placentas being processed up to 5 years postpartum!) provided that it has been properly cared for."