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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Method TCM placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby by gently steaming, dehydrating, powdering and placing it into capsules for the mother to ingest. The Steaming process in the TCM method includes lemon slices, chili, and ginger. It’s known to provide warmth as well as adding “yang” energy to balance out the colder “Yin” energy that is left in the empty womb of a new mother. The purpose of ingesting the placenta is to reintroduce beneficial hormones, proteins, iron and other nutrients to the body following birth as well as to help restore physical and emotional balance, prevent or lessen the risk of the “baby blues” that may lead to postpartum depression, increase breast-milk production, shorten healing time, increase maternal energy levels, and provide an over-all feeling of wellness to aid in the transition between pregnancy and the early postpartum period. Initial for TCM Method
Raw Method is used by many women when preparing the placenta. It involves a similar process but I eliminate the steaming step and dehydrate at a lower temperature to protect the integrity and nutritional value of the placenta. Once something is cooked it loses some of the vitamins and hormones originally in place. Also some women find they yield more capsules to use during the early postpartum weeks when using this method.
Limitations and Disclaimer: I am not a licensed medical professional and I am not able to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any health condition. Services and fees are for the preparation and encapsulation of your placenta, not for the sale of the pills. No specific benefits or effects are promised. Any benefits will vary from person to person. Some of the ascribed benefits of placenta consumption are supported by ongoing research; however these benefits have not been evaluated or approved by Health Canada. It is your responsibility to determine whether using placenta preparations may be of benefit to you.
Client Responsibility: It is your responsibility to notify me when labor begins and as soon after the birth as possible to make arrangements for the process to begin. Failure to do so may result in delayed placenta preparation and encapsulation and may cause decreased potency of nutrients, hormones, and other beneficial attributes of the placenta, and even spoilage of the placenta which would render it unusable for encapsulation. It is your responsibility to discuss release of your placenta from the hospital or birth center where you give birth and to ensure proper storage of your placenta in a refrigerator or cooler with the placenta placed on ice until it can be delivered for preparation and encapsulation. Doula Lyanne does not determine whether or not the placenta is suitable for consumption; it is your responsibility to discuss this with your care provider. It is also your responsibility to inform me of any known blood-borne illness(es) or other health issues (such as HIV, hepatitis, etc.) that could place me or any others who may come in contact with bodily fluids (specifically maternal and fetal blood and amniotic fluid) at risk. Although I follow strict cleaning/sanitizing guidelines to ensure your safety, you agree that you are aware of the possible risks of blood-borne illness, and would like to move forward at your discretion.
Whether birthing at home or in a hospital, please ensure that your placenta is kept fresh. It can remain at room temperature for 3-4 hours following the birth. After that (preferably sooner) it should be refrigerated or otherwise kept cool. If you are practicing some form of delayed cord cutting, ice packs may be wrapped up with the placenta to prevent spoilage for up to 4 hrs. postpartum. Placenta encapsulation cannot be done after a traditional lotus birth. The placenta should be frozen if the placenta encapsulation process cannot start within 2 days of the birth. You can prepare your placenta for transport by placing it in a large, freezer strength Ziploc bag or in a large plastic yogurt or ice cream container, then into a cooler with ice, or with ice packs and placed in a refrigerator. As with any other meat product it’s essential to KEEP IT COOL. It is important to note that there may be circumstances under which your placenta cannot be used. Significant abnormalities of the placenta may necessitate your doctor or midwife sending your placenta to Pathology for further examination. Other conditions, such as signs of infection in the mother during labor, may mean that consuming your placenta will not be beneficial to you. If in doubt, consult your care provider before proceeding. In most cases, it should be possible to claim your placenta after Cesarean surgery. Be sure to discuss this with your health care provider prior to delivery.