Asheville Placenta Encapsulation FAQs

Is the term "placenta encapsulation" new to you? Maybe you've heard it but you're wondering whether you should have your placenta encapsulated and who you should hire for placenta encapsulation. Don't worry, you're not alone! We get lots of questions from friends, family, and even clients about placenta encapsulation, why some people choose to have their placentas encapsulated following their birth, and the risks and potential benefits of consuming your placenta.

We've compiled a few of these "frequently asked questions" about placenta encapsulation to help you get a better understanding for this unique service and how Doulas of Asheville provides it. 

Doulas of Asheville Placenta Encapsulation | Frequently Asked Questions

We hope you'll find this FAQ helpful, but of course we are always available to talk with you personally about your family's needs and how our Postpartum Placenta Specialists can support you!


What Is Placenta Encapsulation?

"Placenta Encapsulation" is the process by which your placenta is processed into capsules you can consume like a daily multi-vitamin. Doulas of Asheville Postpartum Placenta Specialists follow the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of cleaning, steaming, and then dehydrating your placenta prior to grinding it into a powder and placing in capsules.  


Why Do People want Placenta capsules?

Many women believe that they can improve their postpartum recovery by consuming their placenta. Capsules make for an easy (and not so "icky") way to do this. The benefits mother seek from consuming their placenta include increased energy and milk supply, nutrient and hormone replenishment, and reduced risk of postpartum depression.  


What are the risks of placenta encapsulation? Is Placenta encapsulation Safe?

While there are many potential benefits of placenta encapsulation, it is not without risk. The main risks are your potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens (from your encapsulator or other clients) and exposure to bacteria from an improperly handled placenta. Doulas of Asheville follows the industry's highest standards for safety to mitigate every possible risk. We never transport our clients placentas ourselves, you maintain possession of your placenta. We only process placentas in our clients' own homes, the only way to ensure the capsules you receive are from your own placenta and never came in contact with another placenta. We adhere to World Health Organization guidelines for transport of potentially hazardous substances by providing our clients with their own coolers. All our placenta encapsulators hold bloodborne pathogen certification, adhere to food handling and preparation guidelines, and have completed extensive hands-on training from leaders in the field. 


Are there reasons why I shouldn't have my placenta encapsulated?

If you developed an infection (chorioamnionitis) during your birth, you will not be able to consume your placenta. There may be other rare complications that might prompt your medical care provider to want to keep your placenta for examination. If your placenta is sent to pathology or has chemicals applied to it, we cannot encapsulate it for your consumption. Additionally, if your placenta wasn't stored properly we will not be able to encapsulate it for you. You placenta must be placed on ice or in a refrigerator within two hours of its birth and must remain refrigerated. If the encapsulation doesn't begin within 72 hours, the placenta must be frozen. We can encapsulate placentas that have been properly refrigerated and/or frozen within 6 months. Beyond that, the placenta is not considered safe for consumption according to our training standards. We go over all these details with our clients and you'll have clear, written instructions in your transportation kit. If you hire Doulas of Asheville for placenta encapsulation and you aren't able to keep your placenta, any fees paid are refunded to you.


How Many Placenta pills will I get? and how long will my placenta pills last?

This varies from person to person. The number of pills you can expect depends on a few factors, including how large your individual placenta is. Other factors include how long the placenta is steamed for prior to dehydrating, and how fine or course the dehydrated placenta is ground. Most clients can expect anywhere from 60-175 capsules from their placenta. How long they last depends on how quickly you consume them. Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists will go over consumption guidelines with you as we complete your placenta encapsulation. We do recommend taking your capsules in the weeks and months immediately following your birth, rather than saving them for future use. If you are interested in long-term use of your placenta, we recommend having a long-lasting placenta tincture made from some of your prepared capsules. 


What questions should I ask my placenta encapsulator?

As placenta encapsulation grows in popularity, there are an increasing number of people providing placenta encapsulation services. We're compiled a list of questions to ask your placenta encapsulator to ensure you're hiring someone providing a safe and reliable service. 


Will the hospital let me keep my placenta?

Unless there's a complication or illness that requires your placenta go to pathology, it should not be a problem for you to keep your placenta. Each birthing facility has their own policies for release of placentas, we're familiar with all the local hospitals and the WNC Birth Center and are happy to help you plan for safely getting your placenta home.  


Why do you process in my home?

Short answer: It's safest for our clients and for our encapsulators. Placenta encapsulation isn't without risk, so we have put in place a process that eliminates as much risk as possible to provide you with the safest placenta encapsulation service in WNC. By maintaining possession of your placenta and having your placenta encapsulated in your home, you don't have to wonder if your placenta was stored properly before being encapsulated. You don't have to wonder if your placenta was processed at the same time or soon after another person's placenta. You don't have to wonder if anything was added to your capsules. You don't have to wonder if anyone other than your encapsulator had access to your placenta (like other family members, children, pets, curious visitors..). You don't have to wonder if your encapsulator's space and process is a clean and safe as s/he says it is, because the whole process is happening right in your home. You are welcome to observe as much or as little as you desire. We're discreet and efficient but happy to show you every step of the process and answer any questions you have along the way. 


Ok, so What's the process? Does it SMell? How do I Get my home ready for you?

It takes us about two hours on two consecutive days to process your placenta. All we need from you is access to you home, a sink, a few feet of counter space, a stovetop for boiling water, an electrical outlet for plugging in our dehydrator. You don't need to do ANY prep for us before we arrive. You Postpartum Placenta Specialist will do what ever clean up may be necessary to get your kitchen ready for encapsulation. We'll take care of any dishes in the sink or knick-knacks on counter tops and have everything back where you left it before we leave your home. 

The most time consuming part of the process is thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing our work space. On the first day, we clean, drain, steam, and place your placenta in thin strips into our professional grade dehydrator. We use fresh lemon and ginger in the steam water, so most clients don't smell anything but the lemon and ginger. Your placenta remains in our dehydrator in your home overnight. Prior to leaving on day one, we'll completely clean and sanitize your kitchen and repeat the cleaning and prep when we return the next day. On the second day we'll test each piece of your placenta to ensure it is dehydrated completely before grinding it to powder and placing it in capsules. We'll thoroughly clean again when we finish your placenta encapsulation and will go over guidelines for consumption with you and answer any questions you have before we leave. You Postpartum Placenta Specialist will remain available to you for any questions that come up during your recovery. 


How much does Placenta Encapsulation cost and what is included?

What you can expect to pay for placenta encapsulation varies a lot from business to business and by geographic location. Our base fee for placenta encapsulation is $295 and includes your personal cooler, capsules, cord keepsake (if possible and if desired), and a placenta print (if desired). A long-lasting tincture may be added for $30 and an herbal placenta salve may be added on for $20 (complimentary with capsules + tincture). 


I already gave birth, is it too late to have my placenta encapsulated?

That depends, the best thing to do is give us a call as soon as possible. We'll need to know when your placenta was born, how long it was at room temperature before being refrigerated or frozen, and where it has been stored. If your placenta has been stored properly we should be able to process it for you. 


What is your service area?

Doulas of Asheville placenta services are available throughout most of western North Carolina. We have several Postpartum Placenta Specialists within Asheville as well as in Hickory, Hendersonville, Tryon, and Wayneseville. We can often accommodate requests even beyond these areas, if your encapsulator needs to travel beyond our typical service area a travel fee may apply. Contact us If you aren't sure whether you live in our service area or if you would like to reserve your due date on our calendar. 


How do I hire Doulas of Asheville for Placenta Encapsulation?

Simply get in touch with us to reserve your due date on our calendar or request our placenta encapsulation services if you've already given birth. If you haven't yet given birth, we'll get a cooler and transportation kit to you after you sign your contract and submit payment. (We do all of this online, easy peasy.)

Are you ready to learn more about Doulas of Asheville Postpartum Placenta Encapsulation?