Placenta Encapsulation • My box of ‘tools’ and what they’re used for

I wanted to make a more detailed post about Placenta Encapsulation and how I do it.  You can easily google it and see tons of pictures of the process itself, but I want to create a post showing the tools *I* use and why.  For prices and gift options, check out THIS LINK. I serve the Cheyenne, WY and Northern Colorado areas.

Before booking me for Placenta Encapsulation, I like to invite Mom to my home to go over the contract and see the space I’m working in. All of the items that are used are exclusively for Placenta Encapsulation or are disposable. Take a look before at the tools used to Encapsulate a Placenta:

placenta-tools

1.) Bottle of bleach.  Per the OSHA recommendations, everything is cleaned with a 1:10 bleach solution after use (1.5c or 12oz per 1 gallon or 5000PPM solution). THESE are also good for a wipe down of your surfaces. I also do a soak of any tools when I’m done.

2.) Paper Towels.  I don’t buy paper towels for our house, but they’re disposable and sanitary for cleaning up!

3.) Steam Pot.  For the Steam Prep way of encapsulation, the placenta is steamed before dehydration. Some people choose to use a portable induction cooktop so they don’t have to use their stove. In that case, you can get THIS to be able to use any pot on the induction burner.

4.) An Apron.  It’s inevitable that while rinsing the placenta it’s going to splatter.  This protects me clothes and is washed after each use. Ikea sells big (and cute!) aprons too! I recently switched to a washable surgical gown, just because it’s full protection

5.) Stainless steel bowl and colander and tongs to flip the placenta while steaming (not pictured).  The colander is used in the sink while I’m rinsing the placenta.  I place the placenta it in the bowl to carry it across the kitchen without dripping. The bowl I purchased is quite big, but I like that it’s big enough to house the colander and steam pot when I’m not using it. You may want to grab a smaller sized one like THIS.

6.) Steel wool cleaning pads.  These work the best for cleaning my supplies without leaving anything behind.

7.) Cutting boards.  I only use 1/2 a disposable cutting board per person and throw it away when I’m done. THESE are a little more expensive but great for the job and would last a long time. Don’t forget to cut a piece off BEFORE you start so you don’t end up having to toss an extra pair of gloves to cut some off. You could also use paper plates!

8.) Knife.  I have a sharp stainless steel knife that’s used for Placenta Encapsulation only. You can also use a sissors! Try to get 100% stainless like THIS one.

9.) Capsules, size ’00′.  I have a gallon ziplock with craft sized ziplocks inside where I separated the tops/bottoms and put them in bags of 50. You’ll be surprised how quick you go through 1000 capsules so watch your supply and don’t run out!

10.) 50 capsule filler.  It’s a step above the 24 capsule filler and works great for now! If you want a bigger one yet, they can range from $75-$1000! I haven’t tried THIS one myself (yet) but it is on my list for next year.  I tried it, and don’t care for it! Too many crushed capsules and hard to clean! I replaced it with one off ebay that’s easier to clean and doesn’t crush the capsules

11.) Parchment Paper.  For lining the dehydrator trays (dehydrator not pictured).  Trays are sanitized when done.

12.) Small Magic Bullet cup and blade.  I use the magic bullet because it does a good job, I can designate a blade/cup for Placenta Encapsulation only, and it can be thoroughly cleaned.

13.) Storage bin with handles.  This was the perfect size to fit all of my tools, it has handles, and it rolls!  Found it at Target. Two years later and it still works perfectly for all my stuff. I upgraded to a metal wine cart from Ikea, and recently bought a huge tool box from costco!

14.) Gloves and Masks.  One of the most important pieces in protecting against bloodborne pathogens and helps make sure the placenta isn’t exposed to bacteria. I prefer longer cuff lengths too, like THESE or THESE.

Get a great dehydrator HERE. It’s high quality and you can order 2 stainless steel trays for it that are perfect for encapsulation! A lot of people also use THIS one, which is less expensive and can get to 160 degrees.

Chucks pads are great to use under your cutting board too. I purchased THESE and they’re cheap quality pads but do the job
I also use oversized garbage bags to cover my counter/backsplash around the sink. I cut the bag open, spread it out, and cut out a hole for the sink. Coscto also sells foodservice rolls. If you live in a humid climate,

If you live in a humid climate, THESE may be a good idea too.

One day (hopefully) I will have a dedicated area with a stainless steel table & sink and my induction burner. Even a stainless steel table like THIS would be nice, with a separate sink in the laundry room.

If you’re interested in the specific steps I take to encapsulate a placenta (not everyone wants to know the details!), read below the photo.I am not an encapsulation ‘expert’ by any means, but I try to keep up on the latest encapsulation information and news. There are so many variations to the way people encapsulate, but the most important is SAFETY/CLEANLINESS! Making sure to follow bloodborne pathogens guidelines and making sure the placenta is 100% dry when it comes out of the dehydrator are non-negotiable! This is NOT a training course, but merely a quick rundown of my basic workflow. I highly suggest APPA for in-depth training!

So here’s a run down of my setup and process, sans pictures (it’s really hard to take pictures while I’m doing it, it would take a lot of extra gloves!). I like to start the process in the evening (AFTER dinner, and usually when the kids are in bed) so that the placenta has overnight to dehydrate. In the morning, I can finish with the encapsulation process and usually have the finished product delivered less than 24 hours after pickup! If you’re wanting a GOOD set of directions with pictures, check out THIS ONE.

•First, I put the Steam Pot (3) on the stove if it’s steam prep. (without turning it on yet)
•I use clean garbage bags and cut them open to tape around the extra countertop by the sink, the backsplash, and left side of the sink.  (the biohazard bag and placenta container sits in the left sink too)
•Place the colander in the sink and stainless steel bowl next to the sink (5).
•Cut a piece of heavy-duty sponge and steel wool (6) and place next to sink with soap.
•Lay another garbage bag (or chucks pad) out on the counter where cutting happens, place the cutting board on it (7), knife, and 2 dehydrator trays lined with parchment paper (11) ready.
•I grab a handful of gloves (the long ones) and face mask (14), put my apron on (4), and I’m ready to go!
•While I’m busy rinsing the placenta I turn the burner on and get the steam pot ready. The goal is to drain the excess blood out of the placenta. I sometimes have to poke the larger veins with a knife to make the process faster. I keep the biohazard bag and Tupperware from the hospital in the second part of the sink so I can toss any non-liquids in it (including all the dirty gloves I use).
•I wrap the membranes around the placenta and place it in the SS bowl (5) and take it over to the steam pot (3), which is heated up and ready.
•While it’s steaming I clean up the SS bowl and colander. I clean the items with hot soapy water, do a quick bleach spray, let it sit for 15 minutes, rinse it, and set it aside for a final cleaning at the end. (when I do a full soak)
•Each side is lightly steamed for around 10 minutes. When it’s done I use the newly cleaned SS bowl to transport it over to the cutting board.
•While the placenta is cooling I clean the steam pot and sanitize it, move the placenta out of the bowl and to the cutting board (when it’s not as hot) then clean the SS bowl.
•Using the knife, I thinly slice the placenta and place the slices on the dehydrator.
•Once it’s all cut and in the dehydrator I can do the final clean up.. I fold the garbage bag around the cutting board and toss it in the biohazard bag then clean and disinfect the knife and take down all the plastic around my countertops; putting everything into the biohazard bag for the trash.
•Everything gets a final wipe down (or soak, for the tools) with bleach. Extra bleach solution is discarded and a fresh batch is made each time.

•The next day I lay out another garbage bag, the capsule filler with a sheet of paper under it, and 3 baggies (50 each) of capsules tops and bottoms (so I won’t have to grab for more while I’m working), and a paper towel (to set the finished capsules on to wipe off any excess powder).
•I take the first 50 capsule bottoms and place them in the capsule machine
•I remove the dehydrated pieces from the dehydrator, break them into smaller pieces (making sure they are 100% dry in the middle), and place them in the magic bullet cup
•Using the magic bullet I grind the placenta ‘jerky’ until it’s a fine powder
•I pour the powder into the first 50 capsules and put the caps on them.
•The capsules are taken out of the capsule filler and placed on the paper towel.
•Any extra powder that misses the capsules gets dumped back into the cup with the piece of paper.
•I do this process until there is no powder left
•Once I’m out of powder I use the paper towel to wipe off any excess powder and place them in the jar, label it with the quantity, and seal it up.
•One final cleanup, spray down with bleach, soak the tools, wipe everything with the wipes, and DONE.

I take pride in cleanliness and do my best to make sure my process follows the OSHA guidelines for bloodborne pathogens. I also LOVE delivering a professionally packaged product to my clients with useful gifts. More details HERE.