What is placentophagy and what are the reported benefits?
Placentophagy, a practice that has increased in popularity in recent years, is the process of preparing the placenta for consumption in methods such as encapsulation.
Women who consume their placenta report more stable moods, a reduction in symptoms of baby blues and postnatal depression, an increase in energy levels, an increase in milk supply, a reduction in postpartum vaginal bleeding and an overall sense of wellbeing.
What is the process of Placenta Encapsulation?
Your placenta will be safely transported to Earthside Apothecary's dedicated placenta workspace where it will be encapsulated utilising one of our two offered methods - chosen by you.
Simple Method involves dehydrating the placenta raw. This method is not recommended for women who have tested positive to Group B Streptococcus as the preparation may not kill the bacterium that could be present on the placenta.
Steamed method is adapted from Traditional Chinese methods of encapsulation. Preparation involves steaming the placenta with warming herbs of lemon, ginger and jalapeno chilli prior to dehydration.
Once the placenta has been prepared and dehydrated, it is ground into a fine powder and encapsulated using your preferred capsule choice.
Is placenta encapsulation safe for me & my babe?
Current research indicates that there is no greater risk of harm to mama or babe if mama consumes her placenta or she doesn't. Research also shows that the commonly used safety protocols for placental preparation reduce the risk of bacterial contamination associated with common infections such as Group B Streptococcus. Earthside Apothecary adheres to strict bloodborne pathogens and food safety protocols to ensure you the safest possible preparation for your capsules.
How do I store my placenta after I give birth?
By 36 weeks gestation you will be provided with a placenta transport kit. Your kit includes one cooler, two large clip-lock bags and two small clip-lock bags. Within two hours of birth you will need to place your placenta inside ONE large clip-lock bag and then place the sealed bag within the second clip-lock bag. The two smaller bags can be filled with ice and used as ice packs. The bagged placenta should be placed in between the two ice packs within the cooler.
Once you have stored your placenta, you will need to make phone contact within 24 hours of birth to arrange pick-up. During this time, you will need to keep an eye on your ice-packs and change out the melted ice when necessary.
What areas of Melbourne does Earthside Apothecary service?
Earthside Apothecary’s service fees include all hospitals and homes within a 20km radius of our workspace in Melbourne's inner city suburb of Prahran (3181). Your encapsulation services include pick-up/drop-off to the following hospitals:
- Box Hill Hospital (3128)
- Cabrini Malvern Private Hospital (3144)
- Epworth Freemasons Private Hospital (3002)
- Frances Perry House Private Hospital (3052)
- Jessie McPherson Private Hospital (3168)
- Knox Private Hospital (3152)
- Mercy Hospital for Women (3084)
- Monash Medical Centre Clayton (3168)
- Northpark Private Hospital (3083)
- St. Vincents Private Hospital (3065)
- The Royal Women's Parkville Hospital (3052)
- The Royal Women’s Sandringham Hospital (3191)
- Waverley Private Hospital (3149)
If you’re planning a homebirth or your hospital is outside our range - please send us an email to make arrangements and we will accommodate where possible. Additional travel fees will apply to clients whose home/birth place falls outside of the 20km radius.
What qualifications does Earthside Apothecary hold?
Earthside Apothecary (Roxanne McKechnie) is a qualified midwife registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Roxanne is also a student doula, qualified placenta arts specialist (APPAC) trained and certified by the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA), holds current bloodborne pathogens and food safety certificates and is a general member with Placenta Services Australia.
Earthside Apothecary (Roxanne McKechnie) holds current public liability, product liability and professional indemnity insurance for your peace of mind.