Vancouver Placenta Encapsulation – Frequently Asked Questions

Vancouver Placenta Encapsulation Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you specialize in the raw encapsulation method or the TCM method?

I specialize in the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) method of placenta encapsulation that has been used for centuries to create potent placenta medicine. It offers more of a “slow and steadyâ” release of energy, bringing balance to the body very gently and naturally.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, raw foods are considered “cooling” and not suitable for the tonifying purposes of nourishing blood and restoring energy for the postpartum mother. Steaming also destroys any bacteria that might be present from the birth process or handling of the placenta in the hospital, making it safer for the mother to consume.

As a holistic nutritionist, I feel that the warming qualities and sustainable energy release of the TCM method is more beneficial to a postpartum mom since she will be consuming her placenta 48+ hours after birth. If you would like to consume the placenta immediately after the birth, cut off a one-inch square piece and place under the tongue for as long as possible (like a homeopathic remedy). It may then be discarded, or swallowed according to your preference. This is the fastest way to incorporate the hormonal benefits of placenta. offers the following information based on their studies and research:

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, during the first 48 hrs after birth cooling foods are the most beneficial. Raw foods, thus raw placenta, are used to help calm the hormonal rush and blood flow down. After 48 hrs postpartum, warming foods are most beneficial. Cooked foods, thus prepared and/or encapsulated placenta, are used to help rebuild blood, chi, and slowly increase the body’s endocrine functions.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine preparation of the placenta allows for longer term of ingestion, and, therefore, potentially providing a longer time period of benefits.

If you wish to consume the placenta raw it is not recommended to chew the placenta. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine mastication is considered to be a harsh process that imparts negative energy into the live tissue. Instructions on proper care, handling, preparation, and consumption of raw placenta is available on website under Eating Placenta Raw.

How do I care for my placenta after birth?

Your placenta should be placed in a food grade container or sealed bag and either refrigerated or placed on ice within the first 3 hours after birth.

For Hospital Births:

I recommend never letting your placenta leave your sight to minimize the chances of it accidentally being discarded. Bring a small cooler and 2 large zip lock bags with you to the hospital so you can keep your placenta in your room. Within the first few hours after birth, fill the cooler with ice and place the sealed placenta inside. It will keep until I can pick it up or until you take it home and put it in the refrigerator (whichever comes first.) If you forget a cooler take the plastic tub in your room and fill it with ice to place the packaged placenta on ice.

For Home Births:

You can store your placenta in any food grade container that can be sealed or a large zip lock bag. Refrigerate or place your placenta on ice within the first 3 hours after the birth.

Will the hospital release my placenta to me?

YES! Lots of Vancouver Moms leave the hospital with their placentas! You should tell your care provider in advance that you will be taking your placenta home and write it in your birth preferences. Mention it again to the nursing staff when you arrive and after your placenta is birthed.

What if I am induced, receive medication or birth by cesarean? Can I still encapsulate my placenta?


What is the ideal time frame for encapsulation?

The encapsulation process should begin within 24-48 hours of the birth. The placenta should be refrigerated or stored on ice until I receive it.

If it’s not possible for the encapsulation process to start within 48 hours of the birth, the placenta should be frozen in large double bagged zip lock freezer bags. Please contact me if you have any questions about how to store your placenta prior to it being encapsulated.

What if I am vegan or vegetarian?

Placenta is said to be the only meat that comes from life rather than death. I use only vegetarian capsules that do not contain animal gelatin. Many vegans and vegetarians encapsulate their placentas!

How do I know I will not receive someone else’s placenta?

I only prepare one placenta at a time so you can be 100% confident that you will be receiving your placenta and that it is safe from cross-contamination.

What supplies are used and how are they sterilized?

I take placenta encapsulation very seriously and follow a strict sterilization process to protect my clients (and my family!) The supplies used during the process are all stainless steel, food grade plastic or disposable. Everything is washed with soap and water and then sterilized with a medical grade disinfectant that is EcoLogo certified.

I’ve chosen to invest in a disinfectant that is substantially more expensive than bleach because it’s a much safer option for our health and environment and it’s a common disinfectant used in Canadian hospitals.

How should I take my placenta capsules?

You will receive detailed instructions when I drop off your placenta pills.

Do you have a question that hasn’t been answered here? You are welcome to contact me directly. I’d be happy to answer your questions!