Can a Group B Strep positive (GBS+) mom use placenta capsules?
In short, it depends on the method used as not all encapsulation providers use the same safety standards.
I am trained to prepare placenta capsules using a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method on file with FDA; a method that addresses the issue of bacterial pathogens. I have safely prepared placenta capsules for Group B Strep (GBS+) positive moms since 2011.
The TCM method has been used for postpartum healing as far back as 600 AD to establish homeostasis in the new mother. This method is in accordance with USDA standards for raw meat preparation and involves a heating portion.
During the cooking part of process, a placenta is heated to an internal temperature of at least 160°(F). At this temperature, pathogenic bacteria (i.e. E.Coli, GBS, Salmonella) are destroyed. We follow the same guidelines required of any regular food service establishment and our method (PBi method of preparation) is on file with the FDA and has been thoroughly inspected and approved by them.
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Channel 3 MiVT: Placenta Encapsulation in Vermont
by Gina Bullard in STOWE, VT.
At first glance it’s hard to tell if Tara Carpenter is a chef or a medical examiner. She’s actually a certified placenta encapsulation specialist.
Carpenter turns a woman’s placenta into pills — post birth. “I’ve got a nutritional background which brought me to this work,” she said. The placenta contains iron, hormones, protein, B vitamins, and other nutrients to support new moms. Carpenter — who started Happy Bellies, believes that new moms can recover from birth faster by eating their own placenta made into pills.
“A woman’s body is most receptive to hormones inside the placenta capsules during the 1st weeks after birth. This is because it takes about 3 weeks after birth for the mom’s hypothalamus to kick back in and produce hormones again” she said.
Carpenter says ingesting placenta pills can replenish vitamins like B6 and B12 and hormones after birth and increase milk production.
Placenta Encapsulation for moms after giving birth
Posted by The Bridge on February 7, 2013, News & Features
by Tara Carpenter, PBi-certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (CPES)
Each woman bounces back from birth in her own way, but many experience hormonal fluctuations during the postpartum recovery. This is normal. Many women also lose iron during birth. This iron loss combined with the hormonal dips can leave some new moms feeling less than good.
As a PBi-Certified Placenta Encapsulator I get to witness how much a new mother benefits from taking her placenta capsules made with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method.
Why would a woman eat her placenta? Because during pregnancy, this is the organ that regulates and stores hormones. Once it is expelled after a baby’s birth, we can find that placental tissue is rich in specific hormones that can bring balance to a new mother’s wide open, vulnerable system.
In good time, most mothers find that their pituitary gland kicks back into gear to resume hormone regulation. This process can take longer for some women depending on a women’s general make-up but typically most will feel that the first 6-8 weeks after birth to be a time of great fluctuation.
If this is true during postpartum, then what about during menopause? After doing a fair amount of research, I found that:
If you want to have a lotus birth AND encapsulate, here are three ways to do so:
#1 Way) Keep baby connected to umbilical cord and the placenta for up to 4 hours. This is the easiest way to keep the placenta fit for