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    On a side note...I wish I knew how much my placenta weighed! It was pretty big so wouldn't be surprised if it was at least a 1kg. I'll have to ask my middie if we have another bub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdornedWithCats View Post
    Pretty sure most food I eat hasn't been autoclaved. 😂 maybe irradiated though.
    The issue is not that the placenta is autoclaved but that the utensils/equipment is likely not sterilized between organs and therefore there is a risk of transfer of blood borne disease

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    There seems to be a big hang up about the sanitisation aspects of the encapsulation...but surely there are women who do it themselves? Or just swallow pill sized pieces that are cut off the placenta and frozen. Do people take such big issue with it then?
    Women who do it themselves can't catch blood borne disease from their own body product...so in that respect it is probably safer (although possibly less palatable) than giving the placenta to someone to be processed. The risks are probably low, but still there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdornedWithCats View Post
    Pretty sure most food I eat hasn't been autoclaved. 😂 maybe irradiated though.
    No, you don't need to prepare your own food in a sterile environment, obviously.

    But this is an issue of cross-contamination. Residual particles of one woman's placenta being ground-up with the next. The doula sneezing snarbies accidentally into the ground mixture. Her cat licking the mortar and pestle when she turns her back, etc, etc.

    It's hard enough to clean a mortar and pestle, or blender, let alone "decontaminate" it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I am not really either excited nor turned off by the concept. If others want to do it, that's their business.

    As for doing it myself - I'm a lazy sceptic at the best of times. *if* someone presented me with a robust scientific paper proving the medicinal benefits I might consider it.... *If* there was a provider that was formally registered with a government health/food providing regulatory body. I am also paranoid - would be too worried Jane Schmoe would be cooking up my placenta in the big saucepan she used to cook last nights strog... With Ash from her ciggie falling into the pot while she was taking a puff. I would also be worried about mix ups and eating someone else's bits by mistake. Probably not fair to all the trustworthy placenta people out there I know - however I fell I would need some formal government regulation and oversight to be comfortable with participating.
    I'm even lazier as I can't be bothered elaborating on my own post so just going to say 'what she said'.

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    I don't think you'd use mortar and pestle to grind up a placenta - that would take forever!

    It is an interesting question though that I didn't ask my encapsulation lady in detail. All I know is she wouldn't work with your placenta if you had a positive test for HIV, hep C etc and that she would only do one placenta at a time and with a turn around of 3 days that's about 2 placentas a week.

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    Another train of thought here.... During pregnancy and now while breastfeeding, I research all drugs, vitamin tablets, etc before I take them to ensure they are safe. Have there been any studies done on the safety of placenta capsules during breastfeeding?

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    I don't think there have been many placentophagy studies full stop, other than the one that I posted earlier which is ongoing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    Another train of thought here.... During pregnancy and now while breastfeeding, I research all drugs, vitamin tablets, etc before I take them to ensure they are safe. Have there been any studies done on the safety of placenta capsules during breastfeeding?
    There's little research on placentophagy at all, it's mostly anecdotal. All I have found in terms of the safety of it is that some people have experienced negative symptoms and that there's little risk if it's stored and prepared correctly, which comes back to my previous post - those offering these services don't have any regulations that I know of.

    There was a research team doing a double-blind study to get an idea if there's truth to the anecdotes, but I'm not sure if the results are out yet.

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    I'd love to get @SheWarrior to weigh in on this convo as she encapsulates placentas so could hopefully clear up a lot of the speculation for us.

    I honestly believe that it's such a specialized and unappetizing line of work that it would take a pretty dedicated person to do it. I think it would therefore follow that someone with such an interest in this area would surely, by extension, ensure they are working to the highest of standards and silly errors like mixing up a lady's placenta with that of another, would not happen.

    as for sterility, I don't think other food we eat is sterile? baby formula is not sterile. I don't think there's any requirement for things we intend to ingest to have been prepared in a sterile environment? I may be wrong on this point so happy to be corrected if I am.


 

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