FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have my placenta capsules made in my home by a Placenta Remedy Specialist?

Due to an increasingly busy schedule, I am only encapsulating in my home at this time. I encapsulate one placenta at a time, so there is no risk for cross contamination.  If more than one placenta is in my possession (a very rare occurrence), it is clearly labeled and stored safely and properly until it is time to prepare it. 

How can taking placenta capsules boost my milk supply or help keep the ‘baby blues’ at bay?

Nestle & Bloom recommend taking 3-4 capsules a day for the first 4-6 weeks postpartum, then as long as you feel necessary after that. Placenta capsules have supported many women through many months of successful breastfeeding , mainly due to the levels of Oxytocin and Prolactin which promotes the generation of breastmilk . In some cases some mothers have still struggled with their breast milk supply however, there were other problems involved that may have caused the reduced milk supply. Nestle & Bloom cannot guarantee any effects from placenta capsules on breastfeeding however, many women have noticed their milk ‘comes in’ much quicker than expected and remains consistent without problems for many weeks, months or even years post-birth.

The baby blues often arrive between days 3-5 after birth. The placenta is rich in iron and the body’s natural stress relieving hormone CRH, so we recommend you consume your placenta as soon as possible to prevent the hormone imbalance that causes ‘baby blues’ which may develop into postnatal depression.

Which is better, consuming the placenta raw or encapsulating?

Both! I recommend mothers to consume some of their raw placenta after birth with the frozen smoothie cubes to support the body in immediate repair and then consuming the rest of their placenta in capsules. The many potent stem cells and growth factors found in the raw placenta may be the key reason so many of my clients report almost immediate reduced blood loss and increased energy within minutes after enjoy a raw placenta smoothie. Nestle & Bloom can offer half frozen smoothie cubes and half placenta capsules for ongoing benefits from the placenta.

Do the capsules have a distinct odor or taste?

Some clients find their capsules do have an iron rich taste or smell, while some do not. I recommend taking the capsules with breakfast and lunch with plenty of fluid.

How big are the capsules and how long will they last?

Size ‘0’ capsules are used when preparing placenta pills. These measure roughly 2cm in length and 0.7cm in width.

How long should I take my placenta capsules for?

You can take your placenta capsules for as long as you feel you need them.

How long does the encapsulation process take?

The encapsulation process can take approximately 24-48 hours, depending upon when I am called to collect the placenta and the placenta itself. While most placentas will fully dehydrate within 14-17 hours, some may take a full 24 hours. Your safety and health are priority, so I do not encapsulate until I am 100% sure the placenta is ready. I keep clients informed and updated during the process.

What is the ideal time frame for encapsulation?

When possible, the encapsulation process should begin within 24 hours of the birth. The placenta should be stored in a cooler with ice or in the refrigerator until I can arrive. If it is not possible to start the process within the first three days post birth, the placenta should be frozen. Double bag the placenta in large ziplock bags. The placenta will need to be thawed prior to encapsulation - this may take 24-48 hours in the refrigerator.

How do I store my placenta safely after birth?

Your placenta should be placed in two large ziplock bags, then into a sterilised, leak-proof container immediately after cord cutting and transferred straight to a refrigerator in your hospital room (or at home), or have frozen ice placed around the placenta. Transferring the placenta to the refrigerator or surrounding with ice MUST occur no longer than 30 minutes after it’s birthed. If this doesn’t occur, your placenta will not be able to be encapsulated. Hospitals typically have their appliances saved on ‘energy saving’ mode. Before the placenta goes into the refrigerator, please ensure it is set to at least five (5) degrees Celsius.

As soon as I have given birth can I keep my placenta and decide to have it encapsulated later?

Yes, of course, however nature has intended for your placenta to be consumed as soon as possible after birth. It is advise you read the storage guidelines above. Keep your placenta below 5 degrees Celcius after birth using ice in the placenta container and transferring to a refrigerator as soon as possible. You can also store your placenta in the freezer for up to 6 months and still benefit from remedies.

How long can I store my placenta in the fridge or freezer for before using it?

We always advise mothers to make use of their placenta as soon as possible. However if circumstances arise where this preparation cannot take place immediately, placentas are only safe stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and must then be transferred to a home freezer. The placenta should be thawed thoroughly in the fridge for 24-48 hours before encapsulating or making any other remedy. Frozen placentas should be turned into remedies within 6 months.

What if I had pitocin, an epidural/pain medication, a cesarean birth, or meconium was present?

Rest assured, you may still have your placenta encapsulated. None of this excludes you from the service. Many drugs are metabolised and broken down during labour. Consuming your placenta can also be very beneficial after a cesarean birth; it can promote healing as well as milk production, which can often be delayed following a cesarean.  If meconium is present, it is rinsed away with the routine preparation of the placenta, and encapsulated with TCM method only.

What if I give birth prematurely?

Premature birth does not automatically determine your placenta being unfit for encapsulation. Most care providers will try to accommodate your wishes to take your placenta home, if possible. However, in some cases, the placenta will need to be sent to pathology in order to determine preterm cause.  

What if I have a yeast infection/cold/mastitis/etc.?

If you have or had a yeast infection or develop thrush, you can still consume your placenta. However, if you suffer from any infection or illness during the postpartum recovery period, and you choose the TCM method of preparation, it is recommended you stop taking the capsules until you have recovered from the illness. Any heat or tonifying effect from the capsules may result in an extended or aggravated illness. You may continue to take the capsules if you have chosen the Raw/Dried Method.  Some clients report continuing capsule consumption with no adverse effects and some have even reported an increased healing time/lessening of symptoms; this is up to the individual client.

Are there any circumstances when it would not be possible to use the placenta for encapsulation or other placenta remedies?

If there is a diagnosis of HIV, Hep B or C, your placenta should not be prepared for consumption; most hospitals will not release your placenta in these cases. If you develop a fever (diagnosed by your midwife or care provider) during labor as a result of GBS or any other infection (not epidural related), or the infant is diagnosed with a fiver or infection during labor, your placenta, will not be suitable for you to consume.   

 

Additionally, if your placenta has been sent to pathology in hospital for any reason we do not recommend you consume your placenta because it may have been contaminated while in the pathology department. You can request the hospital to take just a small piece of your placenta for examination in this instance.  We also do not recommend using your placenta for encapsulation if your placenta has not been stored properly after birth.

I want to donate my baby’s cord blood. Will I still be able to have my placenta made into capsules?

Yes, you can do both. We advise parents to bring two separate containers with them to hospital and ensure their midwife or doctor knows you are planning on both consuming your placenta and banking cord blood. The placenta should be put into the placenta container after birth and stored safely in the cooler bag. The umbilical cord should be stored in a separate container awaiting collection from the company of choice.

When is the best time for the cord to be cut if using my placenta for placenta encapsulation?

We highly recommend all mothers to choose delayed cord clamping for the benefit of their newborn. Delayed cord clamping involves leaving the umbilical cord intact for at least 3-10 minutes after birth, longer if possible. During this time the cord is still pumping up to 150ml of iron and stem cell rich blood to your baby which has been scientifically proven to have lifelong benefits to your baby. Delayed cord clamping does not affect placenta encapsulation in any way.

I’ve heard the placenta is full of waste and may contain toxins, is this true?

Your placenta acts as a life supply for your baby during pregnancy and if it were full of toxins this would make a very dangerous organ for your baby to be fed from, therefore it is not possible for the placenta to be ‘full of waste’. The placenta acted as a gateway for nutrient supply to your baby and waste from your baby to be passed back to your body to be filtered through your organs. There are small amounts of heavy metals in the placenta however it is scientifically proven that these levels are no greater than normal levels of heavy metals found in the body and in mothers colostrum and breast milk.

Source 1: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969701008270

Source 2:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02990130

Aren’t the hormones contained in the placenta actually destroyed during the cooking process used when preparing TCM capsules?

To some extent the heat process when preparing TCM capsules may affect the stem cells, hormones and B vitamins but to what degree is unknown. Minerals such as iron are not damaged by heat and there may be minimal damage to other nutrients found in the placenta.

Source (http://www.lucinebiotech.com/placental-encapsulation-and-postpartum- healt/)

What other ingredients are in the placenta capsules and are they suitable for me as I’m a vegetarian?

Placenta capsules contain 100% placenta – nothing else. All specialists use vegetable cellulose capsules only, so they are safe for vegetarians and vegans. When preparing Traditional Chinese Medicine capsules, the placenta is steamed with lemon (for grounding), ginger (for circulation) and chilli (for heat), which are added to the water below when steaming.

Will I experience any side effects when taking my placenta capsules?

Nestle & Bloom cannot guarantee results with placenta capsules or any other placenta remedy. Because your placenta is made by you, the quality and potency of the products is unique to your own placenta. Nestle & Bloom highly recommend you follow the care instructions given. Storing your placenta capsules properly, avoiding TCM capsules when ill and not taking over the recommended dose will reduce your chances of experiencing any side effect. Very rarely, less than 2% of IPEN clients have reported some side effects when taking their placenta capsules. I have listed these below for your benefit.

  • Mild headaches (reported 3 times – we believe a lower dose is recommended to solve this problem).
  • Stomach cramping or abdominal pain (reported once – possibly the result of bacteria growth due to improper storage of capsules)
  • Stomach cramping for those also taking iron supplements (we recommend not taking iron supplements and placenta capsules at the same time)
  • PUPPPs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pruritic_urticarial_papules_and_plaques_of_pregnancy) rash returning after 3 days of consuming capsules (reported twice)
  • Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) sufferers feel less relief (we believe this is due to the high level of relaxin hormone in the placenta, which is the cause of PGP)
  • Unexplained lack of milk production (reported from 4 women over the last 5 years)

Emotional symptoms, stress, anxiety, depression (reported 5 times).

The information on this page has not been evaluated by the Therapeutic Goods Association. The services offered by Natalie Johanik are not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Mothers who choose to utilise the services offered here take full responsibility of their own health when using these remedies.