Placenta encapsulation is very popular right now. Because of this, there are many people who are offering the service. How can you know who has taken the specialized training and follows the proper protocols to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens? How can you know that you are getting your placenta and that it wasn’t confused with another placenta? Here are some questions you should ask your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist BEFORE using their services.

What training do you have?

Healing placenta salve, placenta encapsulation, placenta pills, umbilical cord keepsake, 4 oz. placenta tinctureA Utah Placenta Encapsulation Specialist should be able to tell you what organization they took their training from. The organization should be researchable and currently active. The specialist should be able to encapsulate using more than one method and be able to tell you the science, pros, and cons of each method. Even though there isn’t much scientific research on placentophagy in humans, there is research done in animals.

Your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist should have training and certification in accordance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists. They should also have a current Utah Food Handler’s Permit, both should be available to see upon request.

What is your sanitation protocol?

Your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist should submerge their non-disposable equipment in a 10% bleach solution (1:10 bleach:water) for a minimum of 10 minutes. They should use separate gloves for washing and for touching bleach solution. After bleaching, they should rinse their equipment again and allow to air dry. After washing all surfaces with hot, soapy water and thoroughly rinsing, they should spray down all surfaces with 20% bleach solution and allow the surfaces to stay wet for minimum of 10 minutes.

What equipment do you use to dehydrate and powder the placenta?

Your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist should have a food-grade dehydrator with an adjustable thermostat for different methods. An oven is NOT acceptable for placenta dehydration as it does not have adequate air-flow or temperature control.

Food grinders or coffee grinders must be able to be fully submerged in bleach in order to be cleaned, not simply wiped or sprayed.

Do you have a back-up Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in the event you are unable to do it?

Your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist should have a reliable, experienced back-up. They should provide you with the name and contact information of their back-up.

Will there be anything put into my capsules besides my placenta?

Plush placenta in steaming pot to prepare for the Traditional Chinese Method of placenta encapsulationIf you choose or risk in to the TCM preparation, some Placenta Encapsulation Specialists include the steaming herbs in the final pills. You should clarify this with your specialist as some do dehydrate the herbs and powder them with the placenta.

Utah Placenta Encapsulation does NOT use herbs in their steaming process as some women have negative effects from the herbs.

Under what circumstances will you not encapsulate my placenta?

If a specialist says they won’t encapsulate under certain conditions it’s important to understand whether those are their personal restrictions or restrictions by their certifying organization.

For their safety and the safety of their clients, Utah Placenta Encapsulation will NOT encapsulate if you have HIV, Hepatitis, or Ebola.

Your Placenta Encapsulation Specialists should NOT encapsulate your placenta if you developed a uterine infection (aka Chorioamnionitis or Chorio) as your placenta will not be helpful in postpartum recovery.

Your Placenta Encapsulation Specialists should recommend TCM if you have any infections present such as GBS (aka Group B Strep), Herpes, if meconium was present at birth (baby pooped in the womb), any other infections were present at time of birth, or if you are prone to anemia. TCM will help get rid of any bacteria present and helps bring out the iron content in the placenta.

If your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist does not offer different methods or recommend TCM under certain conditions, please find a trusted one who does.

What if two clients give birth on the same day?

Your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist should have a clear protocol if this happens. Their protocol may include referring the second placenta out to another specialist, or preparing one placenta followed by the second (disinfecting between) so that no placenta mix ups happen.

What is the difference between someone who charges less than $100 for placenta encapsulation and someone who charges $150+? 

The reason most Placenta Encapsulation Specialists charge at least $150 is because of the proper training, certifications, and OSHA sanitation protocols they have to maintain. Anyone who charges less than $150 probably does not have one or all of the above requirements for safe placenta encapsulation in Utah.

What containers are best for storage and longevity?

Capsules package from Utah Placenta EncapsulationBPA-free, glass, amber, or tinted jars are best for longevity. Glass is best to avoid any bisphenols and tinted jars are best to keep the light from affecting the efficacy of your pills. You should hire a Placenta Encapsulation Specialists with this knowledge.

Utah Placenta Encapsulation uses ONLY BPA-Free glass containers for your pills and tincture. We also ONLY use vegan capsules which are free of yeast, gluten, wheat, corn, soy, milk, sugar, starch, preservatives, and animal products.

Utah Placenta Encapsulation offers organic capsules–available upon request for an additional $10.  Flavored capsules are also available upon request for an additional $10. Flavored options include: berry, orange, grape, or strawberry. Organic and flavored are not available.

You can be sure you are getting the best quality from a trusted Placenta Encapsulation Specialist when you choose Utah Placenta Encapsulation.

When will you pick up my placenta?

Most placenta encapsulation specialists across the Salt Lake Valley should pick up your placenta the day you deliver, unless you give birth after 9 pm. If you give birth after 9 pm, they should pick it up the next day. They should tell you to keep it on ice or in the hospital’s refrigerator, if available. Your placenta is fine at room temperature for up to 4 hours. After that, it is not safe for consumption, so you should be instructed to bring a cooler to your birth place.

If for whatever reason your placenta cannot be processed within 72 hours after birth (kept cool the entire time), the placenta should be frozen until it can be processed.