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Bloom operates in a dedicated professional kitchen located in Roy, Utah. Most other encapsulators work out of their own home kitchen, a dedicated space in their home or some will come to your home if you request it. We believe that our commercial space allows us to set the standard high in the placenta arts industry.
While we do believe other encapsulators in our area work to ensure their own home kitchens or dedicated spaces are clean and sterile, a dedicated professional kitchen is the only way you can be sure your placenta is free from contaminants that can come from other family members, pets or whatever else might be found in a personal home kitchen.
Full Personal Protection Equipment your Bloom Placenta Encapsulation Specialist wears as they process your placenta.
We know it isn't always possible, but notice when you are headed in to have the baby is helpful, but not necessary. We do appreciate a "heads up" text or phone call so we can be on standby...since most babies aren’t born on their due dates.
Once the baby is here: Ensure the placenta is store on ice and let us know the baby has arrived! We pick up within 24 hours of birth between the hours of 7AM-9PM, but will give you a more exact time frame once we hear from someone regarding the arrival of your sweet, new baby.
Please note, there are certain hospitals/nurses who are not as okay with the placenta being kept on site for an extended amount of time. We are always willing to work with you outside of our 24 hour pick up policy in these scenarios so keeping your placenta does not end up being a burden.
As long as we are provided with or allowed to pick up the placenta within 24 hours of the birth, you will have your pills in hand within 72 hours postpartum. We make every effort to ensure you are able to start taking your pills before the typical hormone crash at this point following the delivery of you baby.
We will work with you on a case-by-case basis when we are not provided your placenta within 24 hours postpartum. Typically turn around time is still 48 hours.
Safely preserving the placenta until we pick it up is easy, but very important. The placenta must be stored on ice within 2 hours of birth. The easiest way to do this is to take a small cooler with you and fill it with ice from the hospital.
The placenta remains safe stored on ice for up to 24 hours after birth.
Longer than 24 hours, placenta should be stored in the fridge.
Anything longer than 3 days needs to be stored in the freezer.
Placentas should never be frozen again after they have been thawed.
We cannot encapsulate any placenta that:
We do not. We believe that this has the potential to ruin the entire placenta should a mom or baby have any adverse reactions to anything we may add. We encourage our moms who think they may benefit from additional herbs to work closely with their provider, midwife or certified herbalist for advice related to the extra supplements.
We always try to empathize with a husband that does not agree with his wife consuming her encapsulated placenta. However, we also find that most of the time, there is some resentment when he does not agree to this and she feels like she could benefit. We often find that when people are educated they are more open to what we do and can see why a new mom would want to do this to enhance her postpartum recovery. IN addition, if mom feels better, the family functions better and dad’s life is easier.
If it helps, we created this video to help dads hopefully understand a little more.
Dosage: As your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist mentioned to you when your pills were given to you, the dosage instructions listed on your bottle are listed as guidelines. We have no way of knowing the strength of your placenta and how your body will feel, so pay attention to your body and lessen your dose if the guidelines seem too strong for you.
The simple answer is steamed before slicing and placing on the dehydrator and just simply slicing and placing the raw pieces on the dehydrator.
With the raw method we will increase the dehydrating time. This is also considered to me the more potent of the two methods, which translates to a higher hormonal content. While this may be of benefit to many mothers, per APPA training "If the client has had mild depression, or worse, or any type of chronic or intermittent anxiety, Raw has the potential to exacerbate this or even bring it out." The steamed method will also lessen the bacteria count that may be present.
We say no, as we do wipe the pills clean of any lingering placenta powder before placing in the jar to prevent this…
But, there are times when a mom has mentioned her burps having a slight after taste. This is typically due to the acid in her stomach being somewhat off balance. This is often prevented by using apple cider vinegar as part of her diet. You can purchase capsules here or try our drink recipe.
In a tall glass mix:
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (raw is not considered safe while breastfeeding, but you can still find good quality organic options out there...or the normal, less expensive stuff works great too)
Honey to sweetness level you like
Juice from ½ lemon
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Sprinkle of tumeric (optional)
Mix with water and ice
In addition to the use of vinegar, it can be really beneficial to store your pills in the freezer and take directly from there.
We say no to this too….but there probably is if you hold your nose right to the open jar and breath in. If you're concerned with smell, just don’t do that.
Placenta encapsulation - $125-$200
Your placenta is steamed, dried, ground into powder, and placed into capsules for easy consumption.
*Raw start method of encapsulation is available upon request.
Placenta tincture - $45
A small piece of your placenta is placed into a dropper bottle with 190 proof organic corn alcohol, to be used as a tincture beginning at least 6 weeks later. Many people choose to save this tincture and use it as needed, even years later. It keeps for a long, long time.
Umbilical keepsake - complimentary
The umbilical cord is dried into a shape such as a heart, spiral, or initial, and given to you to keep. If you don’t wish to have an umbilical keepsake, the umbilical cord will simply be included in your capsules.
There was a single case study that indicated that a baby may have gotten ill from placenta capsules. There are a lot of questions regarding how that placenta was prepared and the circumstances surrounding it. We only prepare placentas using food safe temperatures and practices. For more information please feel free to read this blog.
Ideally we want to begin processing within 24-48 hours of birth, but may begin later as long as the placenta has been stored correctly.
Meconium is actually only considered a danger if it is inhaled by the baby. Otherwise, it is completely harmless. In additional, your placenta will be thoroughly cleaned and the membrane will be removed before the steaming process begins. Finally, the high heat that is used for steaming and dehydrating is done at scientifically proven temperature to kill off any additional bacteria.
This is a common misconception. Actually, the placenta work more like a return filter, not an air filter that clings to things. It actually acts as a barrier for toxins to the child and then sends them back to the mother’s bloodstream to be disposed of through her liver and kidneys.
Unfortunately, heavy metals are in our environment. Did you know they are and also found in breastmilk? Thank goodness, the levels found in the placenta and breastmilk are well below established safety limits and toxicity levels.
A 2017 study out of Jena University hospital determined that no toxic heavy metals or bacteria were present in a dehydrated placenta above the European Union standards for food safety levels. (and their standards are much higher than those in the US!)
If you like to read research (we sure do!) this article references another study that has shown the mean concentrations of potentially harmful elements are well below toxicity thresholds.
Absolutely! Substances used in labor and delivery, such as Pitocin, do not get stored in the placenta (more on this below) and have no noticeable effects on placenta capsules.
The benefits from the pills can be continued once they are gone with the tincture. Women report emotional, mental and psychological benefits and many use the tincture for treating PMS and menopause. While we can’t recommend the use of the tincture for anyone other than the mother, we have heard grandmother’s going through menopause experience benefits from tinctures that have come from their grandchildren’s placentas!
A placenta tincture is made from a finely minced piece of the mother’s placenta. We place the piece to seep in 190 proof organic corn alcohol for 4-6 weeks.
Your tincture includes one ready-to-use 2 oz dropper bottle and an additional 4oz jar of fermenting tincture. Please shake or agitate the fermenting bottle once weekly. When you use up your supply of tincture, you may strain the remaining pieces out (using a cheesecloth works best), then funnel the liquid into the dropper bottle. If you become low on tincture you may increase the supply by adding additional alcohol to the jar. Only use 100 proof or higher for this, any other alcohol can spoil it. It will be less potent so adjust the dosage accordingly.
Dosage for mom: 5-7 drops of the tincture can be put into a glass of water and drunk by the mother during times of transition, trauma, hormonal fluctuations, etc. Some women have reported using their tinctures to successfully relieve symptoms of postpartum mood disorders, PMS and menopause.
Child: as mentioned above, we cannot recommend usage of placenta outside of the Mother, but many people do report positive results when giving 3-5 drops in a glass of water to a sick child or rubbing some on the bottoms of their feet when they are sick, getting sick or in time of physical or emotional transition. It can be given to a sibling as well, but ideally, each child would have their own tincture.
The tincture mixture will initially need to be stored in a cool, dark place in the 4 oz amber jar for 4-6 weeks. Ensure you are shaking the jar to mix things up at least every few days, daily would be ideal.
At the end of the initial fermenting phase, the final tincture will need to be strained to remove the placenta pieces inside. We recommend using a funnel and piece of unbleached cheesecloth or unbleached coffee filter. Fill small dropper bottle that was included with your tincture and store both jar and dropper bottle in a cool, dry place. It is believed that the tincture will stay good forever.
If you become low on tincture you may increase your supply by adding additional alcohol to the jar. We use 190 proof organic corn liquor, but you can use 100 proof vodka as well. Your tincture will become less potent, so be sure to adjust dosage as needed.
We began encapsulating in 2014 as part of services offered through Northern Utah Doulas.
Bloom Placenta Encapsulation Specialists (BPES') are:
We are certified APPAC’s through the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts, because this training is the most comprehensive of all of the certifying options out there. APPAC’s are held to the highest safety, sanitation and ethical standards. As of July 2018, we are the first APPAC’s in the state of Utah.
You can learn more about APPA here Association of Placenta Preparation Arts
Serving those around us is our passion. Specifically helping moms and families function their best. This has led us to focusing on maternal care, especially postpartum. In 2014 Shannon began learning about different services she could offer her doula clients and started being curious about placenta encapsulation and how it may be a useful service to offer. After some initial training and research she started offering the service and as the positive feedback started rolling in from clients, she believed in this more and more and has since worked hard to share it with the community throughout Northern Utah.
In 2017 we decided to start Bloom and focus this company on educating and setting the placenta encapsulation standard high. Jen joined the team at this time and the journey has been amazing. We will continue to work hard spreading the #placentapride and #makingplacentascool throughout our service area in Box Elder, Weber, Davis and Morgan counties and beyond!
The placenta is an amazing organ. It grows inside the womb specifically to provide life-giving nutrients to the baby. In addition to its physical importance (providing nutrients and removing waste), many cultures have spiritual beliefs regarding the placenta.
In most birth settings today, unless the birthing person makes a request otherwise, the placenta is treated as medical waste and disposed of soon after birth. In Utah, we have the right to say what happens to our body parts- the placenta is owned by the birthing mother.
Many families choose to honor the placenta in some way, often burying it under a tree and/or consuming it. Encapsulation is the “least gross” and most convenient way to consume your placenta. We take the gross factor out by processing your placenta into a dried powder that is placenta in simple gel caps.
It’s as convenient at taking your prenatal vitamin!
The placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Remedies for over a thousand years. These remedies are known to nourish the blood, boost qi (life force energy) and help with lactation. The placenta contains minerals (the iron content is especially notable), hormones and amino acids/protein.
1 in 5 women will experience a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder. Many women have told us these experiences have been the lowest point of their lives. Not only do they have a new baby to take care of, they usually have a significant other, possibly other children, their home and various other additional responsibilities. Moms just want to feel their best postpartum.
The placenta is scientifically proven (link to studies) to contain hormones which could potentially play a role in preventing baby blues or postpartum mood disorders. In addition, many people believe the key nutrients like iron and amino acids (protein) the placenta contains can help combat postpartum fatigue.
Many mothers have reported the following benefits:
Bloom Birth Utah, LLC and Bloom Placenta Encapsulation Specialists are not pharmacists, pharmaceutical representatives, holistic practitioners, herbalists, or medical doctors. Benefits of placenta encapsulation are supported by ongoing research, but have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Placenta Encapsulation as it pertains to this contract agreement is for natural nutritional supplementation and is intended solely for ingestion by the mother who has birthed the placenta(s) and not for her family members, friends, or other individuals.
This is a natural nutritional supplement, and as such, cannot be guaranteed to produce specific results. The services offered by Bloom Birth Utah, LLC are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilize the services take full responsibility of their own health and for researching and using the remedies. Bloom Placenta Encapsulation Specialists make no guarantee as to the capsule efficacy, but do guarantee the highest quality of service and preparation.
Always speak to your care provider regarding any questions about your health, safety and well-being. Placenta services are not meant to be a replacement for medical advice, medical care or medicine. Mothers experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, low milk supply, or any other clinical concerns need to speak with their medical care provider to diagnose and treat any existing symptoms or potential conditions. While many women have found placenta encapsulation to be a wonderful and amazing gift, you are still encouraged to seek appropriate assistance and medical care when necessary. It is always okay to ask for help.
We are excited to chat with you and answer any questions about our Placenta Encapsulation services or about the Bloom Women's Center! We will text you shortly.