The placenta is a unique treasure of blooming pregnancy and motherhood. The placenta grew, nourished and protected your precious one, and deserves to be handled with deep respect and honour.
Maybe you’ve heard about placenta encapsulation, but not sure it’s your thing? Here you’ll find out what placenta pills are all about so you can make an informed choice about whether placenta encapsulation is for you.
Bloom Treasure’s Placenta Encapsulation
As New Zealand’s first graduate of APPA (Association of Placenta Preparation Art), I’m excited to offer professional, safe placenta encapsulation services to women in the Nelson and Tasman region of New Zealand. I am certified and have undertaken more than 200 hours of training to achieve my dream of providing this special service to women in my local area.
Out of respect for each placenta and family, I only offer a limited number of encapsulations each month. This allows me to give my full attention to one placenta and family at a time. Ensuring safe handling, sterilisation and care is taken from start to finish.
With a dedicated workspace for processing each placenta, I personally collect your placenta and deliver your capsules to save you leaving the house with your newborn baby.
To help you decide whether placenta encapsulation is for you, please see the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and ‘Myth Busters’ below. Or, if you’re ready to talk – please get in touch.
Please note: I also create bespoke DNA and breast milk keepsakes and jewellery to treasure forever. The early years slip by so fast (don’t they?!) and this is my way of helping mamas capture something unique and precious from this time with their young baby. Find out more or give me a call.
Frequently Asked Questions
Placenta encapsulation is a process where the post birth placenta is steamed, dehydrated, ground and placed into vegan or flavoured gel pills by a certified practitioner. Traditionally it is taken by the mother for its many health benefits.
People report the following benefits: better milk supply, increased energy, less postpartum depression, faster recovery after birthing and feeling generally more balanced. See further down for ‘What’s in my placenta?’.
Please express your interest here or call/text me on 022 586 2686. This way I can give you all the information you need and answer any questions. When you’re ready to reserve your encapsulation, we’ll meet face-to-face so I can give you a safe transportation kit in exchange for some paperwork and your autograph. I will also give you guidelines on safe handling, storage and everything else you need to know.
If you’re ready to find out more about encapsulating your placenta, I’d love to hear from you! I would be honoured to answer any questions you have. I process a small number of placentas each month, so if you wish to secure your spot it is best to contact me as soon as possible. The earlier you book the better.
I have a special, sterilised workspace to process your placenta. I handle one placenta at a time and this is done under strict processing protocol and sanitation guidelines. Alternatively, I can come and do the preparation in your own kitchen. Please note: a surcharge applies to cover travel costs and extra time taken to prepare your kitchen with all safety and sanitation measures.
You can! Meconium is only potentially harmful if the baby inhales it at the time of birthing otherwise it is harmless. Your placenta is thoroughly washed before the encapsulation process begins, plus the high heat of steaming and/or dehydrating kills all bacteria present.
Absolutely. If your placenta was handled properly at birth, and put into the freezer within two hours after birth, we can go ahead.
I will provide you with all the guidelines you need when you get in touch. Once you book in, I’ll give you a pre-sterilised transportation kit with instructions for use. Your placenta needs to be placed on ice, then in the fridge within this kit until I am able to collect it, or come to your home for processing.
Your health and safety are my first priority. I have a dedicated placenta workspace and I use the highest quality equipment. I use hospital-grade cleaning products and sterilisation including bleach diluted to the required ratio before, during and after working with each placenta.
I offer the Traditional Method, where the placenta is gently steamed for 20-30 minutes, until the inside reaches the required temperature of 160°F. Then it is dehydrated for at least 14 hours at 160°F. This method ensures it’s safe to consume your placenta in pill form.
I offer three types of capsules for you to choose from:
- Clear, non-flavoured vegan capsules
- Purple, berry-flavoured gelatin capsules
- Green, lime flavoured gelatin capsules.
Generally 72 hours or less. The process takes place over two days, as the placenta needs to dehydrate for at least 14 hours. The hands-on process on day one and day two usually takes around two hours each.
Firstly, size does matter! A large placenta will yield more capsules than a smaller one. You should expect between 80 and 200 capsules, which will last you a couple of months.
Yes! I offer placenta planting kits and create beautiful keepsakes and jewellery where we can use your breastmilk, or a piece of your dried placenta, to create a gorgeous memento. The possibilities are endless, find out more here.
There are three cases in which it’s not advised to encapsulate, due to possible infection:
- If you are diagnosed with an uterine, or any other infection during or shortly after labour.
- If your placenta hasn’t been handled properly after birthing. Please note: you should always get a proper guideline for placenta handling and storage from your encapsulation specialist.
- If your placenta has been taken away for pathology for any reason.
Your placenta is a special organ packed with nutrients and beneficial properties, including:
- Gonadotrophin: the procurer to oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone
- Prolactin: promotes lactation
- Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
- Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores
- Oxytocin: for pain and bonding
- Prostagalandins: anti-inflammatory
- Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
- Haemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anaemia
- Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and factor XII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.
A piece of your placenta is preserved in high grade alcohol. It needs about six weeks for the tincture to steep and be ready for use. It can be great after your capsules are gone and may be useful during emotionally challenging times. It can work as your own personalised rescue remedy.
Truly Yours placenta salve is made with organic healing herbs and ingredients, plus some of your own powdered placenta. It is a great moisturiser with beautiful soothing properties. It can be used as a healing aid on scars, and soothing on skin that has stretched out during pregnancy.
Whenua Planting Kit
Waka Whenua – Placenta Burial Kit
Traditionally, the whenua (placenta) and pito (umbilical cord) of newborn babies are buried in a significant place. The placenta is placed in a specially prepared receptacle and buried in a particular location. This practice reinforces the relationship between the newborn child and the land of their birth.
This pack includes:
- 2 securely sealing biodegradable bags (1 large, 1 medium)
- 1 beautifully printed cardboard ipu (also biodegradable)
- A written tribute by Donna McLeod
Your ipu comes with instructions for planting, and ready to freeze or dehydrate.
Encapsulate your placenta in a precious personalised keepsake piece.
Something you can treasure for years to come.
I do have a special offer for encapsulation clients!
Full range yet to come, so for current design options please contact me.
The traditional method of placenta encapsulation I use is perfect for taking away the ‘gross factor’. It’s no different than taking any other supplementation or multi-vitamin in pill form. It’s easy to consume with no yucky taste.
No living being has been harmed in this process and we offer vegan / halal capsules. Your placenta was built to nourish your baby during pregnancy and was expelled from your body when it was no longer needed in that capacity. As we know, almost all mammals go on to eat their placentas (except camels and sea mammals) and many vegetarians and vegans feel comfortable doing the same. I understand this is a deeply personal choice and the importance of being comfortable with the process, so please get in touch if you’d like to ask more questions.
A study looking at the effects of placenta encapsulation on postpartum depression was recently carried out. One group took placenta pills, the other beef placebo pills – and both groups didn’t know which pill they were taking. Researchers found higher levels of iron in the placenta encapsulated pill than in the beef placebo pills. Iron deficiency often leads to anaemia, which leads to fatigue, which is linked to depression. This means the ones taking placenta pills had a better iron supplementation than the ones taking the placebo.
*Gryder et al. (2017). Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health 62:88-79
If the placenta is processed properly by someone who is certified, the placenta is only full of goodness! According to a 2016 study, no toxin levels have been detected in encapsulated placenta. The steaming process ensures it’s safe to consume, with no bacteria or toxins.
*Young et al (2016). Nutrition Research 36 (8): 872-8
I am honoured that I had the opportunity to receive such a caring, knowledgeable person to work with my placenta. Marta was extremely helpful and compassionate through the entire process and kept me well informed and was sensitive to my needs. The placenta capsules gave me an amazing milk supply boost as well as balancing hormones and moods, I recovered quickly from the baby blues because of this. Thank you Marta for helping me through this sacred time.
Tammy Holgersson, Tauranga