When you book
your placenta encapsulation you will receive detailed information
about the service. Feel free to use the contact form to ask any questions
not answered below.
How far in advance
can I book placenta encapsulation?
have an estimated due date, you can book!
I’m about to give
birth! Is it too late to book placenta encapsulation?
No! Please contact me as soon as possible to discuss your options.
What if the hospital
won’t let me have the placenta?
The placenta is your property, not the hospital’s. Make
clear to your midwife that you are having your placenta encapsulated and (s)he
will make sure that it is respected and saved in the proper manner.
How is the placenta
I collect the placenta personally, as soon as possible after the birth
(usually within 12-48 hours). I collect from the hospital or your home,
depending on where you are at the time I am able to come. I bring a sterilised container and a cool bag for transportation.
How should the placenta be
midwife will check the placenta and clear it for ingestion. It should be placed
in a clean, lidded glass container (I send you a link to a suitable container at the time of booking) that is kept cool either in a cool bag or fridge. The placenta will keep in a fridge for up five days.
How big should the container
An average Pyrex casserole dish is ideal.
What if I have a caesarean
The only difference is that you may not be allowed to take
your storage container into theatre. In which case, the placenta should be
placed in a yellow biohazard bag and kept cool in a cool bag or
What if I have a managed
placenta can still be processed and consumed after a managed third stage.
Although the injection of synometrine leaves a residue of artificial hormone in the placenta, this does not outweigh
the benefits of encapsulation.
What if the placenta is
stained with meconium?
The placenta can still be encapsulated. Your midwife will need to make a note of the staining so that the placenta is sterilised before
Can I get stem cells taken
from the placenta first?
Placenta Options will collect the placenta after stem cells have been taken.
Can I use my placenta if I have Group Strep B?
Yes, provided you want TCM Method as the steaming part of the process will destroy the Group B Strep bacteria. Raw Method or smoothies are not recommended if you have Group B Strep.
Can I save some of my
placenta for planting?
mothers want to keep part of the placenta for planting or other rituals. This
is fine, but obviously the more you keep the fewer capsules you will receive.
I live more than 70 miles
from Ely – can I still have placenta services?
to the nature of the service, Placenta Options usually operates in a limited
region: Cambridge, Norwich, Ipswich, Essex, Bedford, Peterborough and
other locations within 70 miles of Ely. Services are sometimes offered further
afield, in which case the fee increases with mileage. Please contact me for more details.
Can I take placenta
capsules even if I’m ill?
In most cases, yes. Although the energy from placenta
tablets produced using the TCM method can delay recovery from infection so capsules should not be taken if
you have an infection, such as 'flu or mastitis, raw capsules can be taken.
How do you turn the
placenta into pills?
The placenta is taken away to be steamed (unless you book the Raw Method), dehydrated and
ground to a powder before being put into 100% vegetable capsules and returned
to you by post.
What steps are taken to guard against infection?
Tara Bungard holds a UK/EU
standards certificate for Food Hygiene and Safety and a certificate in Infection Control for Healthcare. All
equipment used in the encapsulation process is thoroughly cleaned and
sterilised using a hospital-grade chemical detergent before and after each
How long do the
capsules keep for?
If not consumed within the first few weeks, capsules can be kept in the fridge for up to a year and then frozen and kept indefinitely.
Some mothers keep a portion of capsules to help during menopause.
What is the benefit
of placenta pills for menopause?
The many hormones in your placenta are believed to ease
menopausal hormonal fluctuations.