FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do women choose to consume their placentas?

During birth women lose approx.10-12% of their blood supply. The placenta contains vast amounts of iron, essential fats and amino acids. Mothers have reported placenta capsules have aided their bodies in the self-recovery process post birth. 


How long does the placenta encapsulation take?

We are usually able to complete the encapsulation process in about 24-48 hours.


How many capsules can I expect from my placenta?

It all depends on the size of your placenta. We have seen anywhere from 100 – 250 capsules from various placentas.


What’s the booking process?

Once you submit your online contact form, we will email you with any answers to your questions and provide a link to an online Booking Form. To secure your booking you must complete the Booking Form and make your deposit payment by bank transfer. You will then be emailed an information pack including instructions for taking care of your placenta at the time of birth.


Do the capsules smell or taste of anything?

In our experience capsules do not smell or taste of anything. Some mothers have described placenta capsules to have an ‘earthy’ smell. If you find your capsules begin to smell or taste unusually bad we recommend you stop taking your capsules and contact us for advice on storage guidelines and how to proceed.


How long should I take my placenta capsules for?

You can take your placenta capsules until they are finished or for as long as you feel you need them, whichever comes first. They must however be stored in the freezer after 6 weeks and consumed within 12 months.


Can my family members take my placenta capsules too?

We do NOT recommend anyone other than the mother consume the placenta capsules. However it is at the mother’s discretion if they chose to share their placenta remedies.


Do you follow sanitisation and hygiene policies? 

Absolutely. Your health and safety are our primary concern. Mama Sage is IPEN trained and certified. We hold current certificates in NSW Food Safety; Infection Control and Bloodborne Pathogens. All work areas are thoroughly disinfected before, during, and after the encapsulation process. All equipment is used solely for encapsulation and is disinfected with a hospital grade solution which meets OSHA requirements. We are careful to go beyond OSHA’s rigid requirements to ensure total safety for everyone involved.


If I have a medicated birth or caesarean section can I still use my placenta for encapsulation and/or other placenta remedies?

Yes, as long as your placenta has not been sent to pathology it will be fine to use. If you were on any other type of medication during your pregnancy we ask you to seek advice from your medical consultant before deciding on placenta encapsulation. 


If my placenta is taken to Pathology can I still use it for encapsulation?

No. The preserving chemicals used on the placenta in Pathology are not safe for ingestion and we can not guarantee the surfaces it is placed on are sterile or if the placenta has been kept at a food safe temperature during this time.

If the placenta needs to be taken to Pathology ask if the medical team can cut a small piece to examine rather than taking the whole placenta. Keep the placenta in the refrigerator until the test results come back.


What if I give birth prematurely?

Premature births can sometimes be associated with problems in pregnancy.  As long as your placenta is examined and cleared from any type of abnormality after birth your placenta is suitable for ingestion (providing it hasn’t been sent to pathology).


I want to donate my baby’s cord blood. Will I still be able to have my placenta made into capsules?

Yes, you can do both.  We will assist you by providing storage instructions for you to give to the hospital.


When is the best time for the cord to be cut if using my placenta for placenta encapsulation?

We highly recommend all mothers to choose delayed cord clamping for the benefit of their newborn.  Delayed cord clamping involves leaving the umbilical cord intact for at least 3-10 minutes after birth, longer if possible.  During this time the cord is still pumping up to 150ml of iron and stem cell rich blood to your baby which has been scientifically proven to have lifelong benefits to your baby. Delayed cord clamping does not affect placenta encapsulation in any way.


Are there any circumstances when it would not be possible to use the placenta for encapsulation or other placenta remedies?

Yes. If you have have a uterine or placental infection or your placenta has been sent to pathology in hospital for any reason, we do not recommend you consume your placenta because it may have been contaminated while in the pathology department. You can request the hospital to take just a small piece of your placenta for examination in this instance.

We also do not recommend using your placenta for encapsulation if your placenta has not been stored properly after birth. We provide you with storage guidelines.


How do I store my placenta safely after birth?

Your placenta should be put into a clean, leak proof container immediately after cord cutting and transferred straight to the fridge or stored in a cooler bag on ice and kept at below 8 degrees celsius for no longer than 12 hours. Contact us for collection as soon as possible after delivery.

We provide you with an instruction kit for this once you've made your booking.


Will I experience any side effects when taking my placenta capsules?

Not in our experience. Because your placenta is made by you, the quality and potency of your placenta capsules is unique so we cannot guarantee results with any placenta remedy. We do however highly recommend you follow the care instructions given to you and store your placenta capsules properly.