PE FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the Two Birds Birth Services placenta encapsulation process! Please take your time reading over the FAQs I have compiled for you. If you have anymore questions, visit my Contact page and send me a message. I’d love to help you understand the process and answer your questions.

If you would like to get started on your own placenta encapsulation process, please visit my Contact page and submit the form. I look forward to hearing from you!


 

ABOUT PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

Q: Why should I encapsulate my placenta?
A: The placenta has been grown by you, for you and your baby, why let it go to waste? Ingesting your placenta has proven to be extremely beneficial in the early postpartum days. There is no other supplement that can compete with the placenta’s natural ability to help you recover from childbirth. If you ingest your encapsulated placenta, you could…

– Heal more quickly
– Gain newfound energy needed to care for your newborn
– Restore iron levels
– Balance your hormones
– Reduce your risk of baby blues and postpartum depression
– Increase your breast milk production

There are so many benefits. You only get one placenta with every birth, so hold on to it as long as you can.

Q: What is the encapsulation process?
A: As a PBi-trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, I follow the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to placenta preparation. First, once the umbilical cord has been detached and the placenta drained of its fluids, the placenta is fully steam-cooked with herb-infused water. Once cooked, the placenta is sliced and placed into the dehydrator for 10 to 12 hours to fully dehydrate. After the dehydration process, the placenta is ground into a powder and placed into size 00 capsules. The placenta tincture is prepared at this point as well.

Q: Is it safe?
A: Yes! Of course! Your placenta was made by you, so you will not be ingesting anything foreign. I practice the strictest safety guidelines as well. Each placenta is cared for as though it were my own. Only one placenta is processed at a time, so you can be assured you will be receiving your own product. All equipment is cleaned and sterilized before and after the encapsulation process, with only stainless steel, food-grade plastic or disposable products.

Q: What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
A: TCM has been practiced for centuries. Under this method, the placenta is slowly cooked and “warmed” so that it becomes a tonifying agent. According to TCM, warming foods are the most beneficial in postpartum recovery. Once the placenta has been cooked/steamed, and then encapsulated, it can help rebuild blood, qi (energy), and increase the body’s endocrine system. Also, cooking the placenta before dehydrating will eliminate harmful bacteria while maintaining the hormone level. TCM is the safest and most beneficial way to process the placenta.

Q: Is there any reason I should not process my placenta?
A: There are few contraindications for placenta encapsulation. If you have had a uterine or placental infection, then the placenta cannot be processed. If the placenta is sent to pathology, it cannot be processed. Also, if you have blood-borne illnesses such as Hepatitis A, B or C, or have HIV/AIDS, for the safety of myself and others I cannot process your placenta.

Q: What if I am RH-, test positive for Group B Strep, or have pre-eclampsia?
A: Your placenta can still be processed. Once the placenta is born, it is no longer connected to the mother’s bloodstream, so RH- factors are eliminated. Group B Strep is a common bacteria that is eliminated during the steaming process of placenta preparation. Pre-eclampsia is not a contraindication for placenta encapsulation, but be sure to speak with your provider beforehand, as they may want to send the placenta to pathology, thus making it unavailable for encapsulation.

Q: How many pills will I receive?
A: The typical placenta wields anywhere from 70 to 150 capsules, the average being close to 120. Every placenta is unique in size and weight, and there is a direct correlation between baby size and placenta size.

ABOUT THE TWO BIRDS ENCAPSULATION PROCESS

Q: How long is the encapsulation process?
A: As soon as I receive your placenta, I can begin the process. If you read above, you can get the full details. The entire process takes about 48 hours from start to finish. You will receive your placenta capsules either by the time you leave the hospital or shortly after you return to your home.

Q: How do you get my placenta?
A: Full instructions will be passed to you once the contract is signed. The delivery is easy – you or your partner will inform me that labor has begun, and also send me a message that the baby and placenta have been delivered. At that point, we will arrange pick-up. I will meet you at the hospital or your home, pick up the placenta, and as soon as I am home, I will begin the process.

Q: How much do you charge?
A: The fee for placenta encapsulation is $250. There are some additional fees for extra services, which you can read about below.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Currently, I accept USAA bank transfer, check, cash, or PayPal.

Q: Why should we choose Two Birds Birth Services?
A: I am passionate about everything related to birth and strive to make clients as happy with their product as possible. I am completely trained and knowledgeable about the wonders of the placenta and the encapsulation process. Please feel free to read this article about hiring a PBi-trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist!

EXTRA SERVICES

Q: What is a placenta tinctures and how do I get one?
A: The placenta tincture is an added bonus that can be used in addition to and long after your placenta capsules are gone. It is made by placing a small amount of dehydrated placenta in a high-grade alcohol (such as vodka). The tincture will need to sit for about six weeks before use. After that, you can add 5-10 drops of the tincture to water or juice to ease emotional, mental, and physical distress, and even menopause. Some women even choose to use a small amount to ease symptoms in their family members. The tincture is very shelf-stable if properly stored in a cool, dark place, and will last for many, many years. Even though it uses alcohol, at this dilution it has no intoxicating effects.

This service is an additional $20 fee. Please let me know if you would like this added.

Q: What is the Mother’s Broth and how do I get it?
A: The Mother’s Broth is a natural by-product of the steaming process. It is mostly water, but it also contains the essence of the placenta (hormones and iron), and the TCM warming herbs of Myrrh and Ginger. This broth is ingested by the mother. You can put a few teaspoons or tablespoons in a drink (such a tea, coffee, juice, etc.), or into stew or soup. Some people just drink the broth. You can drink as much or as little as you like. Once it’s cooled, it makes an excellent, nutrient-rich plant food. It can be stored in the refrigerator for three days or in the freezer for up to 3-6 months. Many mother’s have commented that the broth gave them instant energy, emotional comfort, and improved milk supply.

This service is complimentary, as long as you can provide a vessel to hold the broth (a medium bowl or large mason jar.) A charge of $5 is added if you would prefer me to provide the container.

Q: Can my placenta be processed at my own home?
A: Yes! While my standard procedure is to process the placenta at my home, I offer encapsulation services at your home for a fee of $100. Please be assured that I follow strict sanitary guidelines at my home, and process only one placenta at a time.

Q: What if I prefer not to have herbs in the steaming process?
A: Please let me know. The traditional method involves myrrh and ginger infused in the steaming water. It will not touch your placenta or change the potency of your placenta capsules. However, if you have allergies or simply prefer to not have the herbs in the water, let me know and I can easily omit them.

Q: What if I’m having twins?
A: Congratulations!! How exciting. I can definitely process your twin placentas, for an extra fee of $50 to cover supplies.

Q: What areas do you service?
A: Currently, I am offering my service to the greater Fort Hood area. Service areas include Fort Hood, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Kempner, Harker Heights, Belton and Temple.

A fee of $25 will be assessed for those areas outside what I have mentioned, at my discretion.